MedMinute: Virtual reality helping Parkinson’s patients


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Parkinson’s disease patients who spent time moving through a virtual reality world, improved their balance and their ability to make their way around obstacles. Researchers at the University of Utah said patients were less likely to fall in real life after navigating their way in a VR world 30 minutes every day for 6 weeks.


1.  American Academy of Pediatrics
2.  U.C. San Francisco
3.  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
4.  Experimental Biology

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