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In people with Parkinson disease, moving to music rather than metronomes better supported entrainment and control, according to a study published online in the journal Parkinson’s Disease. “These findings provide possibilities for direct application to therapeutic approaches for motor…
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After a 12-week yoga intervention, people with Parkinson disease experienced improvement in balance and low-back pain, according to a study published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy.  Yoga is known to benefit balance, low-back pain, and anxiety in healthy adults. Researchers conducted…
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Subthalamic deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson disease normalizes aberrant signals from the basal ganglia that cause a loss of physiological premotor-motor inhibition. Writing in the journal Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, researchers reported the effect appears to be mediated…
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Self-reports of time spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity failed to match up with results from wearable activity monitors in a group of US veterans with Parkinson disease, according to a study published online in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. “Monitoring physical activity is…
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A small study that used commercial activity monitoring devices found that people in the early stage of Parkinson disease took fewer steps, spent less time engaged in moderate to vigorous activity, and spent more time sedentary compared with healthy older adults.   Researchers published their…
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The frequency of subthalamic deep brain stimulation as well as the location of electrode contacts can affect speech in patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published online in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. “Speech disorders, including stuttering and hypophonia, have been…
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By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parkinson's disease (PD) patients have lower levels of vitamin D than their healthy peers, a new study confirms. Vitamin D levels were also associated with several non-motor symptoms in PD patients, Dr. Jing Chen of The Second Affiliated Hospital of…
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Dual-task interference in a patient’s dominant hand is a strong predictor of activities of daily living (ADL) performance in those with Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published online in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. “Dual-task interference leads to impairment of hand dexterity…
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Mood, nonmotor symptom burden, and gait problems appear to contribute most to a poorer quality of life perceived by patients with Parkinson disease compared with controls, according to a study published online in Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. “In daily clinical practice, it is necessary to…
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About a third of patients with Parkinson disease experienced improvements in freezing of gait and falls after receiving subthalamic deep brain stimulation, according to a study published in the journal Parkinsonism & Related Disorders. “Freezing of gait and falls are the most disabling motor…
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