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Merz Launches New Online Resource for Patients with Focal Dystonias
Date:2/2/2011

GREENSBORO, N.C., Feb. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In support of the focal dystonia community, Merz Pharmaceuticals today announced the launch of a new educational website, FocalDystoniaExchange.com, where people affected by certain focal dystonias, as well as caregivers, family and friends, can learn more about the conditions and access helpful resources. For people who suffer from focal dystonias (movement disorders characterized by muscle contractions and spasms that cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures), completing simple, everyday tasks can be a difficult and challenging process.

FocalDystoniaExchange.com offers educational information about the symptoms and effects associated with focal dystonias, including cervical dystonia (also known as spasmodic torticollis) and blepharospasm, which are the most common forms of focal dystonia. The site also provides information on how people with dystonia can utilize social media tools to share their experiences and related resources with others affected by the condition. In addition, articles of interest and downloadable materials, such as a treatment journal, can be used to help guide discussion between physicians and patients in an effort to manage symptoms and optimize treatment.

Among other features, the website includes a patient journal written by Beka Serdans, R.N., founder of Care4Dystonia, Inc. (www.Care4Dystonia.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to those affected by dystonia.

"FocalDystoniaExchange.com provides a unique combination of online educational resources for patients and their families," says Serdans. "Focal dystonias are very complex movement disorders that may require treatment and lifestyle changes. As a patient and a caregiver, it is heartening to know
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