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May 30, 2002


Emory Researchers Seek Patients with Parkinson's Disease for Chinese Exercises Study

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Researchers at Emory University are seeking local patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) to participate in a research study of the effects of two Chinese mind-body exercises, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, on the signs and symptoms of PD. Investigators also want to compare whether the potential benefits of these "eastern" exercise forms (Tai Chi and Qi Gong) differ from those observed with traditional "western" exercises (e.g., aerobic exercises).

Participants in the study must have early to moderately advanced PD and be between the ages of 40 and 85, on stable doses of medication and not engaged in regular, intense exercise more than twice a week. They must be able to walk independently most of the day and be capable of traveling to and from Emory twice a week during the 16-week exercise program. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). To learn more about this study, call Emory Health Connection at (404) 778-7777.

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