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New Parkinson's study under way
Some Parkinson's Disease sufferers are easily distracted
Researchers investigating whether training techniques using computers can help Parkinson's Disease sufferers are appealing for volunteers for a study.

Scientists from the University of Reading are looking at ways to improve the attention span of sufferers to help them carry out everyday tasks.

Many people with the condition find they are easily distracted and have difficulty reading and watching TV.

The main purpose of the study is to "alleviate the affects of the disease".

'Powers of concentration'

Dr John Harris and his research team, who have been funded by the Parkinson's Disease Society to carry out the investigation, said: "The researchers will establish if training can help sufferers boost their ability to concentrate.

"After some kinds of brain injury, such as a stroke, some people can improve their powers of concentration after suitable training.

"We want to find out whether training can improve such abilities and how long any improvement lasts.

"If the training techniques using computers do have a positive effect, then people could conceivably use the programmes in their own homes.

"Ultimately, we hope that the study will lead to the better management of Parkinson's Disease in the future."

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