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Adamas' Lead Drug Targets Parkinson's Dyskinesia

Several years ago, I attended a family birthday party for one of my uncles. A second uncle arrived in a wheelchair. He was in his late 70s and suffering from Parkinson's disease. After the traditional Happy Birthday song was sung, the cake was cut and served by the grandchildren. The wheelchair bound uncle took his plate in hand, but without warning, his hand flew up in the air and his cake and fork crashed down to land on the carpet. This event resulted from dyskinesia, an involuntary, purposeless and sudden movement of the body caused not by Parkinson's, but by the medication used to keep Parkinson's symptoms under…