White House denies Biden being treated for Parkinson's disease

The White House has denied that President Joe Biden is being treated for Parkinson's disease and said his annual physical examination indicated no signs of such a disorder.

Officials made the announcement on Monday, as concerns about Biden's age have been growing since a June 27 televised debate when the president gave a shaky performance against his Republican opponent, former President Donald Trump.

People with Parkinson's disease gradually lose the ability of movement and often suffer tremors, stiff muscles or other symptoms.

The New York Times and other news outlets reported that an expert on the disease visited the White House eight times in eight months through this spring.

On Monday, Kevin O'Connor, the physician to the president, issued a statement explaining that the neurological specialist examined Biden in February as part of his annual physical.

O'Connor said there were "no findings which would be consistent with any cerebellar or other central neurological disorder" such as Parkinson's.

The presidential doctor said the specialist is a consultant to the White House medical unit and treats military personnel and others.

O'Connor also said the president "has not seen a neurologist outside of his annual physical."

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the president is not being treated for Parkinson's and not taking medication for the disease.

Speculation is building over Biden's health and physical strength. He is facing a growing number of calls from fellow Democrats urging him to drop out of the presidential race.