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Parkinson's Study Encourages Walking

Studies have shown a daily 20-minute walk can cut the risk of dementia by 40 percent; now a Mayo Clinic - Jacksonville neurologist will study whether the benefits accrue to Parkinson's disease patients.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Dr. Jay Van Gerpen is recruiting patients statewide to participate in a trial to see whether walking can preserve not only gait but also improve brain function. Patients are helped to walk more steadily through the use of a laser beam.

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