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Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Through Exercise and Bicycling

The neuro degenerative brain disease know as Parkinson’s Disease can be temporarily alleviated and even reversed in some patients that exercise on bicycles according to researchers.  Dr. Bastiaan R. Bloem of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in the Netherlands published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on April 1, 2010 on the curious ability of Parkinson’s patients to ride a bike when they cannot even walk.

Two videos accompanying the NEJM article show the man unable to walk without falling and a second video of him riding a bicycle around the parking lot.   Dr. Bloem asked 20 other severely affected patients about riding a bike. It turned out that all could do it, though it is not clear why.

A study at the Cleveland Clinic is providing similar results in patients that exercise vigorously on a stationary training bike:

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