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Barbara helping Parkinson's sufferers by speaking out

Editor's Viewpoint

There are around 4,000 people in Northern Ireland with Parkinson's. It is not a rare disease, yet it is around 50 years since the last major breakthrough in its treatment was made.

In spite of its prevalence, it is a condition little understood outside of those who have it - 91% of people with it said they felt badly treated by the public in general, being accused of being unfriendly, drunk or even mocked.

That is why it is important that sufferers like Barbara McNarry, sister of the late George Best, speak out as she does today to give the condition a greater public profile and seek further funding to increase the research effort.

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