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From MedScape Today:
Results of a randomized trial suggest low-intensity treadmill walking for a longer duration is most effective in improving gait and mobility among patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).

However, stretching and resistance training were more effective than anticipated and exceeded results seen with high-intensity gait training on the 6-minute walk. It was also the only intervention that affected motor scores on the United Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS).

Patients often ask their physicians what exercise they should consider to improve their PD symptoms, lead study author Lisa M. Shulman, MD, principal investigator of the trial and professor of neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, told a press conference here.

"These results suggest that a combination of low-intensity treadmill training plus stretching and resistance training is likely to provide the greatest range of improvements for gait, mobility, and cardiovascular fitness in Parkinson's disease," she concluded.
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