Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Enhancing The Lives Of People With Parkinson’s Disease

17.08.2004


An important study investigating whether certain training techniques help Parkinson’s Disease (PD) sufferers overcome concentration difficulties is taking place in the School of Psychology at the University of Reading. The researchers believe that, if successful, their work could eventually help improve the lives of the tens of thousands of PD sufferers in the UK alone.

Dr John Harris and his research team, who have been funded by the Parkinson’s Disease Society, are now looking for people with PD to come forward as volunteers and take part in the vital study.

Many PD sufferers experience difficulties with concentration which mean that they are easily distracted, and so, for example, their ability to do some kinds of work, or their enjoyment of reading and television, is impaired by extraneous noises which they would have ignored before the illness. The researchers will establish if training – by carrying out special tasks on computers, for example – can help PD sufferers boost their ability to concentrate in everyday tasks.



"The purpose of this study is not to find a cure, but it might be a way of alleviating the effects of PD on sufferers’ everyday lives," said Dr Harris.

"After some kinds of brain injury, such as stroke, some people can improve their powers of concentration after suitable training. We want to find out whether training can improve such abilities in sufferers from PD also, and how long any improvement lasts.

"If the training techniques using computers do have a positive effect, then people with PD could conceivably use the programmes in their own homes. Ultimately, we hope that the study will lead to the better management of Parkinson’s Disease in the future."

If you have PD and would like to take part in this important research, please contact the University’s School of Psychology on 0118 378 6298, or 0118 378 8523. Alternatively, please e-mail Liz Atkinson: e.a.atkinson@rdg.ac.uk, or Sue Cruddace: s.a.cruddace@reading.ac.uk. Volunteers over 55 years of age who do not have PD are also needed to provide measures of normal ability.

Volunteers would need to visit the School at the University’s Whiteknights campus and reasonable travel costs would be re-imbursed. Volunteers, who can bring friends or relatives with them, can withdraw from the study at any time.

Craig Hillsley | alfa
Further information:
http://www.rdg.ac.uk

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Millions through license revenues
27.04.2017 | Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

nachricht New High-Performance Center Translational Medical Engineering
26.04.2017 | Fraunhofer ITEM

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Making lightweight construction suitable for series production

More and more automobile companies are focusing on body parts made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). However, manufacturing and repair costs must be further reduced in order to make CFRP more economical in use. Together with the Volkswagen AG and five other partners in the project HolQueSt 3D, the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has developed laser processes for the automatic trimming, drilling and repair of three-dimensional components.

Automated manufacturing processes are the basis for ultimately establishing the series production of CFRP components. In the project HolQueSt 3D, the LZH has...

Im Focus: Wonder material? Novel nanotube structure strengthens thin films for flexible electronics

Reflecting the structure of composites found in nature and the ancient world, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have synthesized thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit both high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness that is about fifty times higher than copper films, currently used in electronics.

"The structural robustness of thin metal films has significant importance for the reliable operation of smart skin and flexible electronics including...

Im Focus: Deep inside Galaxy M87

The nearby, giant radio galaxy M87 hosts a supermassive black hole (BH) and is well-known for its bright jet dominating the spectrum over ten orders of magnitude in frequency. Due to its proximity, jet prominence, and the large black hole mass, M87 is the best laboratory for investigating the formation, acceleration, and collimation of relativistic jets. A research team led by Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, has found strong indication for turbulent processes connecting the accretion disk and the jet of that galaxy providing insights into the longstanding problem of the origin of astrophysical jets.

Supermassive black holes form some of the most enigmatic phenomena in astrophysics. Their enormous energy output is supposed to be generated by the...

Im Focus: A Quantum Low Pass for Photons

Physicists in Garching observe novel quantum effect that limits the number of emitted photons.

The probability to find a certain number of photons inside a laser pulse usually corresponds to a classical distribution of independent events, the so-called...

Im Focus: Microprocessors based on a layer of just three atoms

Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics. Now, a TU Wien research team led by Thomas Müller has made a breakthrough in this field as part of an ongoing research project.

Two-dimensional materials, or 2D materials for short, are extremely versatile, although – or often more precisely because – they are made up of just one or a...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Expert meeting “Health Business Connect” will connect international medical technology companies

20.04.2017 | Event News

Wenn der Computer das Gehirn austrickst

18.04.2017 | Event News

7th International Conference on Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics in Freiburg on April 3-5, 2017

03.04.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Bare bones: Making bones transparent

27.04.2017 | Life Sciences

Study offers new theoretical approach to describing non-equilibrium phase transitions

27.04.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

From volcano's slope, NASA instrument looks sky high and to the future

27.04.2017 | Earth Sciences

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>