Virtual reality could aid detection of balance problems for people with multiple sclerosis

Written by Heather Jones, Future Science Group

Using a virtual reality (VR) system, researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) have demonstrated clear differences in reactions to falling between people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and people of the same age without MS. The study has been published in PLOS ONE and reveals the potential for this approach to more effectively detect preclinical walking balance deficits in people with MS. Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 400,000 people in the USA and more than 2 million worldwide. Although some people with MS can show little or no disability when walking, they may already be at twice the risk of...

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