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By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - A small study finds that some people lose their ability to swim when their Parkinson's disease is treated with deep brain stimulation. Researchers identified nine cases of Parkinson's patients who effectively forgot how to swim after having a deep brain…
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Patients with Parkinson disease (PD) with mild disease severity can attenuate off-state motor signs by performing at-home aerobic exercise, according to results of the Park-in-Shape trial. To conduct the double-blind trial, the researchers recruited 139 sedentary patients with PD from an…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Improved measures of sleep quality are associated with a shorter duration of low early-morning mobility in patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers from Japan report. "Patients with Parkinson's disease, especially elderly patients, frequently…
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In people with Parkinson disease, aerobic exercise appears to increase both caudate dopamine release and ventral striatal activation, according to a study published online in the journal Movement Disorders.  “Aerobic exercise alters the responsivity of the ventral striatum, likely related to…
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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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