An interactive videogame for arm and hand exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease: a randomized controlled trial

16/06/2017

Source: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

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Date of publication: 15th May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have difficulty performing upper extremity (UE) activities. The aim of this study was to investigate if exergames targeting the UE improve arm and hand activities and impairments and to establish the acceptability and feasibility of these games in people with PD.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Parkinsonian signs are a risk factor for falls

17/05/2017

Source: Gait & Posture, 2017 p. 1-5

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This cohort study looked at how likely people with Parkinson’s disease were to fall compared to those without, as Parkinsonian symptoms are common in older adults and are associated with increased rates of dementia and mortality. Even adjusting for age, cognitive function and co-morbidities, those with signs were still 38% more likely to fall than those without, and those falls were also more likely to lead to injury. Parkinsonian signs are a significant and independent risk factor for falls, and early detection is essential to implement fall prevention programmes.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Dopamine depletion in Parkinsons alters brain processing, impairing gait automaticity

18/04/2017

Source: NeuroImage, 2017, Vol 152 p. 207-220

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Date of publication: May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Impairments in motor automaticity cause patients with Parkinson’s disease to rely on attentional resources during gait, resulting in greater motor variability and a higher risk of falls. Although dopaminergic circuitry is known to play an important role in motor automaticity, little evidence exists on the neural mechanisms underlying the breakdown of locomotor automaticity in Parkinson’s disease. Overall, this study demonstrates that dopamine ameliorates gait automaticity in Parkinson’s disease by altering striatal, limbic and cerebellar processing, thereby informing future therapeutic avenues for gait and falls prevention.

Length of publication: 13 pages

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A home program of strength training, movement strategy training and education did not prevent falls in people with Parkinson’s disease: a randomised trial

18/04/2017

Source: Journal of Physiotherapy 

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Date of publication: 14 March 2017

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: For people with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, does a 6-week, comprehensive, home exercise program reduce falls and disability and improve health-related quality of life? Is the program cost-effective?

 Length of publication: 7 pages

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Evidence of compensatory joint kinetics on stairs in Parkinson’s disease

19/12/2016

Source: Gait and Posture, 2017, Vol 52 p. 33-39

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Date of pulication: February 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Using stairs requires larger joint movements than simply walking and preventing lower limb collapse depends on large enough movement in the hip, knee and ankle. However, people with Parkinson’s disease often can’t control their lower limbs which can increase fall risk. They also rely more heavily on knee extensor muscles which can provide them with an increased sense of stability.

Length of publication: 6 pages

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Predicting first fall in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease: insights from a fall-naïve cohort

19/10/2016

Source: Movement Disorders

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Date of publication: 13 September 2016

 Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study identifies risk factors for first fall for 36 months in a newly diagnosed, falls-naïve cohort.

 Length of publication: 8 pages

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Recurrent falls in Parkinson’s disease after one year of follow-up

21/04/2016

Source: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, Vol 65 p. 17-24

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Date of publication: July-August 2016

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The aims of this study were to compare clinical and fall characteristics of single and recurrent falls among persons with PD and to evaluate factors associated with recurrent falls. People in the study were given a fall diary to write characteristics of the fall, and occurrence of falls was noted during one year. The results of this study could be used in selection of persons with PD to enrol in fall prevention programs.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Economic evaluation of a falls prevention exercise program among people with Parkinson’s disease

15/10/2015

Source: Movement Disorders

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Date of publication: 23rd September 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This study determines the cost-effectiveness of a 6-month minimally supervised exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Length of publication: 9 pages

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Predictors of adherence to a falls prevention exercise program for people with Parkinson’s Disease

10/07/2015

Source: Movement Disorders

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Date of publication: 30th June 2015

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: A study which investigates predictors of adherence to a minimally supervised exercise program designed to reduce falls in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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24 h Levodopa–carbidopa intestinal gel may reduce falls and “unresponsive” freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease

17/04/2015

Source: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

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Date of publication: March 2015 vol. 21 iss. 3 pps. 317-320

Publication type: journal article

In a nutshell: A report on a prospective, open label study of 24 hour levodopa–carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) as treatment for levodopa “unresponsive” freezing of gait (FOG) associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Length of publication: three pages

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Circumstances of falls in outpatients with Parkinson’s disease

15/08/2014

Source: Geriatric Nursing, online June 2014

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: Falls are a continuing, disabling and costly problem in Parkinson’s disease. This study looked into people with PD based in the community who had fallen in the past six months, with a view to develop fall prevention programmes.

Length of publication: 1 page

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The relative contribution of physical and cognitive fall risk factors in people with parkinson’s disease

13/03/2014

Source: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

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Date of publication: March 1st 2014 28(3) pps.282-290

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: To identify the relative contribution of a comprehensive range of physical and cognitive risk factors to prospectively-measured falls in a large sample of people with PD and develop an explanatory multivariate fall risk model in this group.

Length of publication: eight pages

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Using a wireless sensor network to monitor patients with Parkinson’s

15/11/2013

Source: Procedia Computer Science, 2013, Vol 19 p. 956-961

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Date of publication: October 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This research focuses on non-invasive wireless monitoring of elderly patients with Parkinson’s disease for early signs of falls, to try and prevent potential falls and injuries. It specifically focuses on Freezing of Gait at home and plans to build up a mobility pattern for the person which can be fed into the system to help prevent possible falls.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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Gait, Cognition Predict Falls in Early Parkinson’s

21/10/2013

Source: Medpage Today

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Date of publication: 7th October 2013

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: Ways to predict falls in Early Parkinson’s

Length of publication: One page