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Parkinson's disease symptoms can be improved

9th November 2011

A study conducted at Cardiff University has suggested that patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease may be able to improve their symptoms by learning to regulate their brains.

A group of five patients were able to increase their motor speed by monitoring magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of their own brain activity as they carried out a finger-tapping task. After a time, they had learned to alter activity in specific parts of the brain affected by Parkinson’s. This is the first time that this neurofeedback technique has been used with patients with the condition.


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