Parkinson's implant 'boosts ability to walk' as new treatment restores movement to to patients

Mail Online | 4/22/2019 | Courtney Bartlett For The Daily Mail
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A cutting-edge treatment which can significantly restore movement to sufferers of Parkinson’s disease has been hailed as ‘beyond the wildest dreams’ of its researchers.

Patients previously left housebound are now walking freely after receiving electrical stimulation to their spines.

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An implant has been developed to boost the signals sent from the brain to the limbs and vice versa. This enables the patient to walk normally, it is claimed.

A quarter of Parkinson’s disease patients have difficulty walking as the affliction begins to take its toll. Some start to freeze on the spot and even fall over.

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But the pioneering Canadian researchers behind the technique said the quality-of-life improvement to patients is immeasurable.

Gail Jardine, 66, said her quality of life has improved since having the implant fitted two months ago. Mrs Jardine previously kept freezing on the spot, as well as falling two or three times a day. The subsequent loss of confidence prevented her from taking countryside walks in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband, Stan.

But now she can walk freely for the first...
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