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Wearable technology to aid those with Parkinson's?

Wearable technology to aid those with Parkinson's?
20th May 2014

The recent advancements in technology have dramatically changed the way in which we live our lives, but now one invention is thought to be able to help those with Parkinson's disease.

According to the Australian, a wristband called the Parkinson's Kinetigraph has been developed by Global Kinetics Corporation in Melbourne. It uses similar technology to that in smartphones and has a built-in accelerometer.

The device compiles raw movement data, which scientists can then use to make sure the correct levels of medication are being given to the wearer.

As well as determining the reductions in motor ability that are experienced by those whose symptoms are only just appearing, this form of technology also monitors the more advanced signs of the condition, which tend to be involuntary muscle movements. 

It is hoped that patients with the degenerative disorder will be able to enjoy a better quality of life as a result of this device, as they will be put onto different forms of treatment at the appropriate juncture. 

Managing director of the firm Andrew Maxwell told the news provider that clinicians were most interested in the two stages of symptoms tracked by the device. 

"You can also make a decision about how people are progressing with their symptoms and when is the appropriate time for them to be moving to an advanced therapy," he commented. 

With regard to what the future holds, Mr Maxwell said he wanted to increase the capacity of the Kinetigraph.

"More and more data will be connected and there will be platforms that evolve to interpret the data over time."

It is thought 127,000 people have the neurological condition in the UK, which equates to one in every 500 people. Common symptoms of Parkinson's include tremors, slowness of movement and stiffness.

While there is currently no definitive cure, drugs and treatments can be taken to help to manage the situation. 

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