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Parkinson's Voice Project

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Hundreds of people with Parkinson’s have brought their voices back to life through a unique program in North Texas.

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The top local stories this morning from the KERA Newsroom: Yesterday, U.S. House Republicans voted to temporarily extend the Import-Export Bank’s authority. Jeb Hensarling, a Dallas Congressman, doesn’t want that to continue. Also, a Richardson non-profit helps patients with Parkinson's disease strengthen their voices. 

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People with Parkinson’s Disease struggle with movements that used to be automatic. That includes walking, blinking and speaking. Today on Think, a speech-language pathologist talked to Krys Boyd about a North Texas program that’s helping Parkinson’s patients regain the ability to speak.

Samatha Elandary says problems for Parkinson’s patients start with a shortage of dopamine in the brain.