Alabama chicken farmer glad UAB will study mysterious muscle-twisting disease triggered in him by tornado

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- When a tornado hit his home during the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak, James Edward, a Marshall County chicken farmer feared for his family's safety and his community.

As volunteer fire chief, there was a lot to do and the pain in his neck took a back seat.

He thought he had pulled a muscle. Turned out it was the onset -- perhaps triggered by the stress of the tornado -- of a somewhat mysterious but not uncommon condition called dystonia.

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