(CNN) -- Lori Raines and her mother were hunting for deals at post-Christmas sales in 2009 when Raines' left leg involuntarily turned inward and an excruciating pain shot through it.
Dr. Guttman, Director of the Centre for Movement Disorders (CFMD) in Markham, Ontario, recently announced the CFMD will be closing effective August 31st, 2013, as a result of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) decision to cut support for the multi-disciplinary team that provides on-going services to this clinic. MORE
Adaptive snowboard cross champion and trailblazer named Youth Ambassador for Chuck’s Run for Dystonia
(TORONTO, ON) -- Snowboard cross gold medalist and Paralympian hopeful Spencer Clough, has been named Youth Ambassador for the 2013 Chuck’s 5 km Run/Walk taking place on June 2, 2013 and supporting research through the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada (DMRFC).
Michelle Gamage, 24 hours Vancouver -When the Order of Canada organizers called to ask if he would accept the Governor General’s 2013 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award, Andrew Dawes thought they had him confused with another person.But there was no mistake. Despite developing focal dystonia, also known as writer’s cramp, in 2006 – which quickly ended his 59 years of performing – the renowned violinist’s years of teaching and 3,000 performances were enough to win him the award.
Parliament of Canada - March is Brain Awareness Month. To kick-off the Month, Kirsty Duncan, MP, read the following statement read in the House on Mar. 1, 2013:
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has been licensed to use marijuana to relieve his cervical dystonia for more than a decade.
The toll taken by brain disorders of injury is more than cancer and cardiovascular disease combined, affecting over 30 percent of Canadians. It's plausible that every family in Canada has been touched by a brain condition. Improving our knowledge about brain health, our recognition of brain conditions and our understanding of how to be helpful to those around us is fundamental to reducing the stigma, discrimination and isolation that many Canadians experience every day.
March 2011 marks Canada's first National Brain Awareness Month, an important first step in raising awareness about brain health and the issues fcing millions of Canadians living with brain conditions today.More
Three years ago, The Doctors met Alex, a young woman diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes the muscles to contract and spasm uncontrollably. The contractions force the body into repetitive and often twisting movements, as well as awkward, irregular postures, which halted Alex's career as a dance teacher.
By Doug Ward, Vancouver SunMarch 11, 2010
'Spark becomes flame': The torch makes its entrance into Vancouver. Twenty-two carriers make the circuit around Riley Park