Friday, January 7, 2011

Simple Question Aids Parkinson's Diagnosis

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Dutch researchers said they have found a way to distinguish atypical Parkinson's disease from the more common standard form: asking patients if they can still ride a bicycle.

When the question was put to 111 consecutive patients with Parkinson's disease, nearly all those who said it had become impossible were subsequently determined to have the atypical form, according to Bastiaan Bloem, PhD, and colleagues at Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands.
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