Film star backs Sheffield research

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A Sheffield University study seeking a new test for Parkinson’s disease has been given a $100,000 boost by a charity set up by film star Michael J Fox.

The research, which could lead to an earlier diagnosis of the condition, will investigate whether the onset of Parkinson’s could be detected by a decrease in the frequency of action/slip errors in typing.

This is where an over-learnt, habitual action intrudes on what a person intends to do.

If the researchers’ theory is proved correct, it could help better understanding of the disease and develop new therapies. The Michael J. Fox Foundation was set up by the star who has had the condition for many years.