The Liftware device, shown here as an early prototype (left) and the final design, starts up automatically when it's lifted from the table. There's no "on" switch to fumble with.
May 13, 2014 A young engineer working on an Army project to help stabilize weapons realized the technology could also help some Parkinson's patients with essential tasks.
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Deep brain stimulation eased Shari Finsilver's tremors, but didn't stop them entirely. Here she uses both hands to stabilize a glass of water.
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April 7, 2014 It's easy to think that a shaking hand could be a sign of Parkinson's disease. But it's more likely essential tremor, an ailment that's not life-threatening but can become debilitating.
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President Obama has pledged millions of dollars to fuel research into understanding the workings of the human brain.
November 15, 2013 President Obama has launched basic research to help scientists peer deep into the individual nerve circuits in the brain. There's also a more practical effort to restore the memories of injured soldiers by outfitting them with specialized brain implants.
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Most people can't talk with their doctors online, because of regulatory and funding issues.
March 13, 2013 Telemedicine sounds like a good idea, but state laws limit it, and insurers usually won't pay for that. Parkinson's specialist Ray Dorsey is determined to prove that it can work, one patient at a time. The latest lure: free 30-minute consults.
Submitting a DNA sample to networking company 23andMe entails spitting a saliva sample into a plastic vial.
August 20, 2012 For a few hundred dollars and a vial of spit, a growing number of companies will search your DNA to try to predict your disease risks. One of them hopes to mine their data to find out which genes are linked to Parkinson's disease.
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In a study, patients with Parkinson's disease, a progressive nervous-system disorder, had fewer falls after taking up Tai Chi.
February 9, 2012 The ancient Chinese martial art has been shown to benefit older people by maintaining balance and strength. Now, researchers find Tai Chi can also benefit patients who suffer from Parkinson's, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement and motor control.
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