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Deep brain stimulation may impair swimming skills in Parkinson's

Nine people with Parkinson's disease who were proficient swimmers lost their swimming abilities after receiving deep brain stimulation implants, and although all three individuals who turned their DBS devices off were able to immediately regain their swimming skills, they switched on their devices as other Parkinson's symptoms returned, according to a Swiss study in Neurology. “Neurologists and patients should be aware of this potential effect of DBS, even if it’s rare,” researcher Dr. Christian Baumann said.

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