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Medical Parkinsons and environment

  1. Sep 12, 2007 #1
    Does anyone know if Parkinson's tremors have ever been studied in relation to mechanical vibration in the persons immediate environment?
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  3. Sep 13, 2007 #2
    As in mechanical vibration being a cause of it? No, can't say that Ive heard any.
  4. Sep 14, 2007 #3
    I was thinking more along the line of the tremors or nodding being in tune with mechanical vibration in their environment. Though the possibility of it being part of the cause and effect is interesting to consider. Of course that's probably what you answered. Just to clarify because I may have bungled the question-

    Let's say someone with Parkinson's is stressed or anxious and begins to nod or tremble. Has anyone studied the visible physiological movement in relation to, let's say, the sound and vibration produced by a refrigeration unit, or similar object, in their immediate environment?
  5. Sep 17, 2007 #4
    The parkinsonian tremor can be explained physiologically... The death of the dopaminergic neurones from the substantia niagra to the stiatum causes increased activity of the acetylcholine neurones in the striatum, which causes the resting tremor...

    When someone with parkinson's moves the resting tremor goes away...

    I'm not sure what you are asking but i don't see how sound or vibration will have any effect...
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2007
  6. Sep 17, 2007 #5
    Revenged, thank you for your response.

    I'm not suggesting cause and effect. My question is whether anyone has ever measured tremor rhythm against that of mechanical vibration present in the immediate environment.

    Can anyone help me out with how I've phased the question, or should I stop digging now that I've dug this particular trench? :<)
  7. Sep 17, 2007 #6
    Tbh, I don't know...
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