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Coordination between the left and right limbs during cyclic movements, which can be characterized by the amplitude of each limb's oscillatory movement and relative phase, is impaired in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). A pedaling exercise on an ergometer in a recent clinical study revealed several types of coordination disorder in PD patients. These(More)
In our recent reports motor coordination of human lower limbs has been investigated during pedaling a special kind of ergometer which allows its left and right pedals to rotate independently. In particular, relative phase between left and right rotational-velocity waveforms of the pedals and their amplitude modulation have been analyzed for patients with(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a finger taps acceleration measurement system for the quantitative diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. The system was composed of two 3-axis piezoelectric element accelerometers, a pair of touch sensors made of thin stainless steel sheets, an analog-digital(AD) converter and a personal computer (PC). Fingerstalls,with(More)
To develop a new measurement tool for quantitatively detecting the finger movement of a patient with Parkinson's disease (PD), we designed a magnetic sensing system consisting of a magnetic induction coil, a sensing coil, and a circuit unit. The sensing coil detects the inducted magnetic field that varies with the distance between the two coils, and the(More)
Sleep disorders are common in the general population and occur more frequently with advancing age. However, patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) have been known to have various sleep disturbances beyond those to be expected from the effect of aging alone. We tried to quantify the various aspects of nocturnal sleep problems in PD using the PD sleep scale(More)
To investigate metabolic changes in Alzheimer's disease (AD), we performed proton MR spectroscopy at 3T Spectra were acquired from the gray matter of the posterior cingulate gyrus and the precuneus, and from the parietooccipital white matter in nine AD patients and 12 controls. In patients, the N-acetyl group (NA)/creatine + phosphocreatine (Cr) ratios were(More)
Objectives. Abnormalities of posture represent one of the main features of Parkinson's disease (PD). Among them, camptocormia has been considered as rare in PD. We investigated frequency and clinical features of camptocormia in PD patients. Methods. 153 PD patients (mean 68.5 ± 10.7 years old, duration 5.9 ± 2.4 years) outpatiently recruited. After(More)
Disease-specific metabolic changes in Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia/Pick complex were examined by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy at 3.0 T. Spectra were acquired from posterior and anterior cingulate cortices and the parieto-occipital and frontal white matter. This study included eight Alzheimer's disease patients, 10 frontotemporal(More)
Patients with Parkinson's disease have been known to have sleep disturbances of various types. Zolpidem tartrate, an imidazopyrimidine short-acting hypnotic drug used treat insominia and several patients with PD have described a significant improvement of parkinsonian symptoms after administration of zolpidem tartrate. We tried to evaluate effect of(More)