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Researchers examine exercise's effect on Parkinson's

Researchers examine exercise's effect on Parkinson's
19th June 2008

Researchers at the University of Bedfordshire are looking into the ways in which exercise affects Parkinson's patients.

Alongside representatives of the Academy of Medical Sciences in Warsaw, the team aims to monitor the effect gentle exercise has on the body's cells, reports Luton Today.

"It is well documented that exercise increases the production of calcium, which in turn induces the production of dopamine in the brain. This research may lead to the improved neurological condition of Parkinson's patients," lead researcher Dr Bushra Ahmed told the news provider.

The team will conduct their research using high-tech electron microscope which will enable them to see inside the cells.

It was previously reported that a new medication could help control the tics and tremors associated with Parkinson's disease.

According to Forbes, istradfeylline works by helping nerve and brain signals bypass the damaged dopamine system which causes Parkinson's.

During a trial, patients taking the drug were found to experience 24 per cent less "off" time when their symptoms emerged than when taking a different drug, levodopa.

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