A patient's discovery that an everyday laser pointer helps him walk may point the way toward an effective remedy for a common and frustrating symptom of Parkinson's disease. The patient's physicians at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital are presenting the results of a study involving just a few patients at this week's meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Toronto. While the small size of the study should make patients and doctors pause before assuming the treatment will help, the authors say neurologists would do well to have a laser pointer handy to let patients give it a try.
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