Parkinson's disease

This week on the Down East Journal, we focus on two East Carolina University breakthroughs.  One seeks to confirm Gulf War Illness through a blood test, and the other increases the intelligibility of speech for those with Parkinson's disease.  This week, we speak to experts about advancements in treating Gulf War illness and the device doing double duty for stutters and Parkinson's sufferers.

Parkinson's disease is a challenge for medical specialists and it can be frightening for the Parkinson's patient.  But a device called the Speech Easy, developed at East Carolina University, is making it easier for them to communicate more clearly. The device uses an auditory delay and a change in pitch that has been shown to increase the intelligibility of speech for people who stutter. But the technology has also shown benefits for people with Parkinson's disease.  Mac McKee has more.