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Exercise reduces fall risk in Parkinson's

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Home exercise programmes can help prevent falls in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), according to a UK study.

Home exercise programmes can help prevent falls in people with Parkinson's disease (PD), according to a UK study.

Researchers form Southampton University studied 142 patients with PD, who had fallen at least once in the previous year. Half were randomised to a personalised six week, home-based exercise and strategy programme, and the remainder had their usual care.

The exercise group also received weekly visits from a physiotherapist. The authors said: 'There was a consistent trend towards a reduction in fall events, and injurious falls, with a positive effect of exercise on near falls and quality of life.'

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (2007) 78: 678-684

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