ny that seems to support the notion "that regular strenuous exercise may have long-term benefits for Parkinson's disease patients." However, participants knew which type of exercise they were being assigned, so that might have influenced their mood or motivation, according to Feigin, a neurologist specializing in Parkinson's disease at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y
For her part, Chan added that "further studies are needed to clarify whether certain exercises are more suitable for patients with different symptoms, in different stages of disease, how cost effective these various programs are, and the exact mechanisms by which exercise improves Parkinson's disease symptoms."
Findings presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The National Parkinson Foundation has more about Parkinson's disease and exercise.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCES: Andrew Feigin, M.D., neurologist, North Shore-LIJ Medical Group in Great Neck, N.Y., and director, Experimental Therapeutics Division, Center for Neurosciences, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, N.Y.; Nora Chan, M.D., director, Movement Disorder Program, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.; American Academy of Neurology, news release, Feb. 8, 2012
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