UC Davis Assistant Professor of Neurology Norika Malhado-Chang was featured in a recent documentary, “ViewFinder: Living with Parkinson’s" that offers a look at the lives of individuals in the Sacramento region who are afflicted by the debilitating disease and their caregivers.
"Living with Parkinson’s” explores how collaborative research explorations are providing unique insights that are improving patient quality of life and leading Sacramento-area doctors to redefine caring for patients with the incurable neurodegenerative disorder.
Parkinson’s strikes more than 60,000 Americans each year, affecting men and women of all backgrounds, regardless of whether they have a family history of the disease. An estimated 4 percent of people with the disorder are diagnosed before age 50.
Lack of understanding is one of the biggest challenges in treating the condition, but as more patients come forward to share their experiences, more light is shed on the disorder.
Through candid interviews with a young husband, father and patient of Malhado-Chang’s, and a retired school teacher, the film takes viewers inside the lives of Parkinson’s patients to provide rare glimpses into their challenges, triumphs and hopes for a cure.
The video is available online at kvie.org/viewfinder. The program is sponsored by UC Davis Health System.
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The miniature fingers of a two-months-premature baby wrap around the seemingly large thumb of UC Davis volunteer donor Jim Donoghue.
Donoghue, who never had children of his own, volunteers countless hours at the UC Davis Medical Center Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). For the past two years he has comforted the fragile patients of the Children’s Hospital, sometimes for hours at a time.
Known among the NICU staff as the “baby whisperer,” Donoghue has a remarkable ability to comfort the premature and ill babies receiving care there. When a baby can’t stop crying, parents know they can trust Donoghue to soothe their child.