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Online Resource Helps Better Understand & Dispel Myths Surrounding Neurological Disorders

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The website is a response by GE Healthcare to serve those touched by neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and essential tremor.

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The online resource includes a ‘MIND Stories’ section in which patients, families and their caregivers can share stories and personal insights into how neurological disorders have affected them.
 

GE Healthcare announces the re-launch of a website aimed at patients and caregivers, who seek to better understand the complex nature of neurological disorders.

The website: ‘www.mindonlinecampaign.com,’ is a response by GE Healthcare to serve those touched by neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and essential tremor. It offers some much needed support, education, and advice to those who are afflicted with these conditions.

“We believe that patient awareness and diagnostic technology are two aspects that can be impactful, and our investments in online resources like www.mindonlinecampaign.com can help patients and their caregivers understand a lot more about these neurological conditions,” said Dr Gabrielle Silver, Head of Neuroscience Marketing at GE Healthcare.

The online resource also serves to broaden the scope of current opinions of neurological disorders, helping to dispel some of the myths surrounding these disorders and the people who are affected.

The online resource includes a ‘MIND Stories’ section in which patients, families and their caregivers can share stories and personal insights into how neurological disorders have affected them.

Also included is the ‘MIND Facts’ section. This area focuses on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders in order to help patients, their families and caregivers understand more about their conditions.

The website’s resources are just one component of the MIND – Making An Impact on Neurological Disorders – global campaign of GE Healthcare that seeks to identify gaps in current frameworks for the detection, diagnosis, and care of neurological disorders, and to propose viable solutions. 

One issue that continues to be urgent has been the delay in diagnosis of a neurological disorder.

“In many cases, patients are waiting more than a year to obtain an accurate diagnosis,” said Dr. Silver. “Neurological disorders are progressive diseases. This means that with every passing day brain function is deteriorating. Earlier intervention may lead to a better outcome for those afflicted.”

“Multiple sclerosis is one example of a disease that can be impacted on by disease-modifying drugs,” she added. “So the earlier a patient can get access to these drugs the better. Likewise the therapies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can have marked benefits to the patient and their families.”

 

The Impact of Neurological Disorders

The term ‘neurological disorders’ refers to diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system and include Alzheimer disease and other dementias, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, in addition to of other disorders.* According to the World Health Organization (WHO) these disorders mainly affect older people but it is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer's disease is the most common neurological disorder and contributes to 60–70% of cases.*

 

References:

* – http://www.who.int/features/qa/55/en/