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Housebound Parkinson's patients have restored motion

Media playback not supported on your device Media script Gail Jardine: "I can go, I can turn around … it really helped me" A treatment that has restored movement in patients with Chronic Parkinson's disease has been developed by Canadian researchers. Previously, patients with home use now have the opportunity to move more freely as a result of electrical stimulation of their spine. A quarter of the patients have difficulty walking as the disease carries, often freezing in place and falling. Parkinson's UK regretted its potential impact on one aspect of the disease where there is currently no treatment. Prof Mandar Jog, West University of London, Ontario, told BBC News that the extent of benefit to patients in his new treatment was "beyond his wildest dreams." Image copyrightAFP Captions] Researchers monitor their patient's improvement with the help of sensors on a custom-made suit. "Most of our patients have had the disease for 1 5 years and have not gone with any confidence for years," he said. "For them to leave home, risk falling, being able to go out to the mall and having holidays is remarkable for me to see." Normal walk means that the brain sends instructions to the legs to move. It then receives signals back when the movement is completed before sending instructions to the next step. Image copyrightBBC News / Western University CaptionsThe parts of the brain that are involved in movement (red on the left scan) do not work properly, but three months in the…

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A treatment that has restored movement in patients with Chronic Parkinson’s disease has been developed by Canadian researchers.

Previously, patients with home use now have the opportunity to move more freely as a result of electrical stimulation of their spine.

A quarter of the patients have difficulty walking as the disease carries, often freezing in place and falling.

Parkinson’s UK regretted its potential impact on one aspect of the disease where there is currently no treatment.

Prof Mandar Jog, West University of London, Ontario, told BBC News that the extent of benefit to patients in his new treatment was “beyond his wildest dreams.”

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] Researchers monitor their patient’s improvement with the help of sensors on a custom-made suit.

“Most of our patients have had the disease for 1

5 years and have not gone with any confidence for years,” he said.

“For them to leave home, risk falling, being able to go out to the mall and having holidays is remarkable for me to see.”

Normal walk means that the brain sends instructions to the legs to move. It then receives signals back when the movement is completed before sending instructions to the next step.

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BBC News / Western University

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The parts of the brain that are involved in movement (red on the left scan) do not work properly, but three months in the trial these areas work now

Prof Jog believes that Parkinson’s disease reduces the signals coming back to the brain – breaks the loop and causes the patient to freeze.

The implant his team has developed increases that signal, allowing the patient to walk normally.

However, Prof Jog was surprised that the treatment was prolonged and worked even when the implant was shut down.

He believes that the electrical stimulus restores the feedback mechanism from bone to brain that is damaged by the disease. 19659004] “This is a completely different rehabilitation treatment,” he said. “We had thought that the movement problems occurred in Parkinson’s patients because signals from the brain to the bones did not come through.” “But it seems that the signals are coming back to the brain that is getting worse. “

Rural walks

Brain scans showed that the areas that control the movement did not work properly before receiving the electrical treatment, but a few months in the treatment these areas were restored.

Gail Jardine, 66, is among the patients who have benefited from the treatment.

Before getting the implant two months ago, Gail kept freezing in place, and she would fall over two or three times a day.

She lost her confidence and stopped walking in the countryside of Kitchener, Ontario. – something she loved to do with her husband Stan.

Now she can go with Stan in the park for the first time in more than two years.

“I can go much better”, she said: “I have not fallen say NCE I started reading. It has got me more self-confidence and I look forward to taking more walks with Stan and maybe even going on my own. “

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Guy Alden used to rely on a wheelchair but after his treatment he had his first holiday in seven years with his wife, Barb

Another recipient is Guy Alden, 70, a deacon in a Catholic church in London, Ontario. He had to retire in 2012 because of his Parkinson’s disease.

His biggest regret was that it limited his work in society, such as his prison visit.

“I was freezing a lot when I was in a crowd or crossing a threshold in a shopping mall. Everyone would look at me. It was very embarrassing,” he told me.

“Now I can go to crowds. My wife and I even went to Maui and I didn’t have to use my wheelchair sometime. Many narrow roads and many (slopes) and I did pretty well.”

Dr. Beckie Port, Parkinson’s UK research director, said: “The results of this small-scale pilot study are very promising and the treatment certainly provides further investigation.

” If future studies show the same promise level, it has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life. which gives people with Parkinson’s freedom to enjoy everyday activities. “

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