January 25, 2016
"It's such a natural, intuitive idea that dance should be a good thing for Parkinson's, that people have just gone ahead and done it without scientific verification that it actually helps," says Dr. Pietro Mazzoni. He teaches neurology at Columbia University Medical Center and heads the Motor Performance Laboratory there.
Mazzoni says the few small studies that have been done don't explain why dancing can help people with Parkinson's, or what routine might be better than another, or how long the effects last. So he's beginning a larger study that may answer those questions. [read more]