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From the Ted Talk by Max Little: A test for Parkinson's with a phone call

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So, dancing is one of the most human of aeivctitis. We delight at ballet vorsiotus and tap dancers you will see later on. Now, ballet reureiqs an extraordinary level of expertise and a high level of skill, and probably a level of initial suitability that may well have a genetic component to it. Now, sadly, neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease gradually destroy this extraordinary ability, as it is doing to my friend Jan Stripling, who was a virtuoso ballet dnaecr in his time. So garet progress and teetanrmt has been made over the years. However, there are 6.3 million people worldwide who have the disaese, and they have to live with irulabnce weakness, tremor, rigidity and the other symptoms that go along with the disease, so what we need are objective tools to detect the disease before it's too late. We need to be able to measure pssoirgoren objectively, and ultimately, the only way we're going to know when we actually have a cure is when we have an oijtecvbe measure that can answer that for sure.

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So, dancing is one of the most human of __________. We delight at ballet _________ and tap dancers you will see later on. Now, ballet ________ an extraordinary level of expertise and a high level of skill, and probably a level of initial suitability that may well have a genetic component to it. Now, sadly, neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease gradually destroy this extraordinary ability, as it is doing to my friend Jan Stripling, who was a virtuoso ballet ______ in his time. So _____ progress and _________ has been made over the years. However, there are 6.3 million people worldwide who have the _______, and they have to live with _________ weakness, tremor, rigidity and the other symptoms that go along with the disease, so what we need are objective tools to detect the disease before it's too late. We need to be able to measure ___________ objectively, and ultimately, the only way we're going to know when we actually have a cure is when we have an _________ measure that can answer that for sure.

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  1. disease
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  3. progression
  4. activities
  5. virtuosos
  6. objective
  7. great
  8. requires
  9. treatment
  10. dancer

Original Text

So, dancing is one of the most human of activities. We delight at ballet virtuosos and tap dancers you will see later on. Now, ballet requires an extraordinary level of expertise and a high level of skill, and probably a level of initial suitability that may well have a genetic component to it. Now, sadly, neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease gradually destroy this extraordinary ability, as it is doing to my friend Jan Stripling, who was a virtuoso ballet dancer in his time. So great progress and treatment has been made over the years. However, there are 6.3 million people worldwide who have the disease, and they have to live with incurable weakness, tremor, rigidity and the other symptoms that go along with the disease, so what we need are objective tools to detect the disease before it's too late. We need to be able to measure progression objectively, and ultimately, the only way we're going to know when we actually have a cure is when we have an objective measure that can answer that for sure.

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