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Long known as a ‘white man’s disease’, the first step to better Parkinson’s disease care in the Black community is to increase awareness

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Shirley Grass ate well, worked out regularly and never had any major health problems. So when she started noticing new aches and pains, she assumed her symptoms were a sign of aging.

Then the shooting pains along the left side of her body lasted longer. Friends commented that she was “walking funny.”

An appointment with her longtime primary physician led to a neurology consult, which led to a DaTscan, an imaging test like an MRI, but focused on the function instead of the structure of the brain.