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Parkinson's to be monitored through new watch technology

Parkinson's to be monitored through new watch technology
20th May 2009

Researchers in Australia have developed a wristwatch capable of detecting the health status of people with Parkinson's disease.

Gavin Jennings, the minister for innovation in Victoria, revealed this week how the watch, which is still in the prototype stages, will record symptoms of sufferers during the day and it is hoped the information collected will give researchers a better basis for studies into cures or treatments.

He explained that there are a number of large-scale innovative projects in the state and this one will be able to manage the right and correct dosage of medication needed to sustain the wellbeing of a person with Parkinson's disease.

Mr Jennings continued: "It is the first of its kind and will provide physicians with information about the effectiveness of medications and guide them in adjusting the timing of medications."

Last week, the University of Sheffield revealed that it was given a boost by the Parkinson's Disease Society, with the charity injecting £240,000 of funding into the institution to further research into the condition.

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