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EJN Featured article on Parkinson's disease

20 July, 2017 in FENS News

‘Direct and indirect effects of attention and visual function on gait impairment in Parkinson's disease: influence of task and turning’ by Stuart et al.

This study revealed that visual function did not significantly account for changes to gait parameters in Parkinson's disease patients, but rather worked indirectly through attention, whilst poor attention directly related to both poor saccade number and lower gait velocity. These results suggest that while reduced visual function reduces adaptive gait, it does so indirectly through the interaction of visual attention.

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