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In Parkinson's disease (PD), freezing of gait (FOG) is associated with widespread functional and structural gray matter changes throughout the brain. Previous study of freezing-related white matter changes was restricted to brainstem and cerebellar locomotor tracts. This study was undertaken to determine the spatial distribution of white matter damage(More)
This exploratory study aimed to identify which aspects of postural control are able to distinguish between subgroups of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and controls. Balance was tested using static and dynamic posturography. Freezers (n = 9), nonfreezers (n = 10), and controls (n = 10) stood on a movable force platform and performed 3 randomly(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with freezing of gait (FOG) have more difficulty with switching tasks as well as controlling the spatiotemporal parameters of gait than patients without FOG. Objective. To compare the ability of patients with and without FOG to adjust their gait to sudden speed switching and to prolonged walking in asymmetrical conditions. METHODS Gait(More)
Recent research has highlighted the potential of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to complement rehabilitation effects in the elderly and in patients with neurological diseases, including Parkinson's disease (PD). TDCS can modulate cortical excitability and enhance neurophysiological mechanisms that compensate for impaired learning in PD. The(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Dual-task (DT) gait impairment in people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and specifically in those with freezing of gait (FOG), reflects attentional dependency of movement. This study aimed to elucidate resting-state brain connectivity alterations related to DT gait abnormalities in PD with and without FOG. METHODS PD patients(More)
BACKGROUND Micrographia occurs in approximately 60% of people with Parkinson's disease (PD). Although handwriting is an important task in daily life, it is not clear whether relearning and consolidation (ie the solid storage in motor memory) of this skill is possible in PD. The objective was to conduct for the first time a controlled study into the effects(More)
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) suffer from severe motor symptoms which can only be partly alleviated by means of dopaminergic medication. Motor rehabilitation, i.e. relearning of a known motor skill through intensive practice, can be an effective and lasting therapeutic supplement in chronic neurodegenerative diseases. Recent studies on motor(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the strong relationship between freezing of gait (FOG) and turning in Parkinson's disease (PD), few studies have addressed specific postural characteristics during turning that might contribute to freezing. METHODS Thirty participants with PD (16 freezers, 14 non-freezers) (all tested OFF medication) and 14 healthy controls walked 5(More)
BACKGROUND Insight into the neural mechanisms of postural instability and gait disorder (PIGD) and tremor dominant (TD) subtypes in Parkinson's disease (PD) is indispensable for generating pathophysiology hypotheses underlying this phenotyping. This cross-sectional study aimed to gain insight in specific and brain-wide functional connectivity (FC) and its(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies show that besides freezing of gait (FOG), many people with Parkinson's disease (PD) also suffer from freezing in the upper limbs (FOUL). Up to now, it is unclear which task constraints provoke and explain upper limb freezing. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether upper limb freezing and other kinematic abnormalities during writing are(More)