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‘M.A.S.H.’ star Alan Alda reveals he has Parkinson’s disease

Posted: 8:50 AM, Jul 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-31 09:50:09-04

NEW YORK (AP) – Actor Alan Alda says he has Parkinson’s disease.
  
Appearing Tuesday on "CBS This Morning," the former "M.A.S.H." star said he was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder three and a half years ago. Alda says he expects a tabloid will soon publish a story about his diagnosis.
  
The 82-year-old says he’s not angry and considers it a challenge. Alda says he has acted and given talks since then. He says he could see his thumb twitch in a recent podcast and thought someone would soon do a sad story.
  
Alda says revealing his diagnosis might be helpful to others with Parkinson’s that there are things they can do.
  
Alda played a senator who ran for president on "The West Wing" and he also hosted "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS.