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Date:9/13/2007

ers, our understanding of Parkinson's disease, spasticity, dystonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders has reached unprecedented heights," commented Dr. Hauser. "The ability of physicians to treat these conditions is greater than ever. The first step comes with seeing a physician experienced with movement disorders, like a neurologist or physiatrist."

To raise awareness of movement disorders among congressional representatives, Life in Motion sponsored a letter-writing campaign that resulted in more than 4,000 Americans writing letters to their local representatives in 2006. Residents from all 50 states participated; Florida residents alone sent more than 230 letters to their representatives in Congress.

Spearheaded by WE MOVE(TM), the Life in Motion initiative was launched in 2005 and has united an unprecedented 58 patient advocacy groups, foundations and professional societies to raise awareness about movement disorders such as dystonia, spasticity, tremor, restless legs syndrome, Parkinson's disease, tics and Tourette's syndrome, and Huntington's disease that affect nearly one in seven people in the United States. The Life in Motion campaign is funded through an unrestricted educational grant from Allergan, Inc.

Life in Motion Resource Center

Additional information on movement disorders, diagnosis and treatment options as well as downloadable fact sheets and brochures can be found at the Life in Motion Resource Center at http://www.life-in-motion.org.

About Movement Disorders

Movement disorders originate deep within the brain and are caused by changes to specific regions of the brain and nervous system. Areas of the brain that control movement send chemical messages that set off a chain of events resulting in involuntary muscle contractions or spasms. Why this happens is largely unknown.

Although there are no current cures for movement disorders, many o
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