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Oct 30, 2014 - 12:46:47 PM
The wearable technological device is something like a watch that patients wear on their wrist. This device allows for symptoms to be continuously monitored and recorded, making up to 300 observations per second on every patient, thereby providing a more accurate picture of the effects of the disease.
With the new technology, this device can record such things as pulse, slowness of movement, tremors and sleep quality.
Constant monitoring also alleviates the burden of both doctors and patients, since until now data could only be collected for brief periods during visits to doctor's offices.
According to developers, one of the key advantages, in addition to the large amounts of data that can be recorded, is that the information is totally objective. Doctors previously were forced to rely on their patients reports which makes for very subjective data, and can cause strain in the doctor/patient relationship.
There are also huge variances in the way people suffer Parkinson's disease. The fact that the symptoms vary so greatly made it difficult for doctors to monitor alone.
Researchers and developers hope that access to new and large amounts of data will significantly aid research and care for patients with Parkinson's disease - with the objective of soon identifying a cure.
"This will allow researchers to better understand how Parkinson's disease works and what the exact symptoms are," Dr. Cohen explained. "Until now many aspects of the disease where virtually unknown because of the need for in depth monitoring of patients, now researchers will be able to get a much clearer picture of how the disease is affecting patients." Dr. Cohen said.
Clinical trials have been carried out in both Israel and the United States. A large amount of data has been collected and further experiments are planned soon.
For more information about the new technology and statements from patients and researchers:
The conference was organized by Dr. Inon Zuckerman, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ariel University. Artificial intelligence experts and researchers from around the world will come together to witness the presentation of the breakthrough research.
October 31, 2014
Source: American Association of Neuromuscular and
Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)
More credence has been added to a growing awareness of
the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in neuromuscular disease by newly presented research. Vitamin D supplementation has been suggested to improve function in frail elderly patients at risk for falls, as well as individuals with myasthenia gravis and Parkinson's.
The impact of vitamin D deficiency and supplementation on function in other neurologic conditions has yet to be explored.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American
Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
(AANEM) adds more credence to a growing awareness of the
high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in neuromuscular
"Previous work has shown vitamin D deficiency to be quite
common in other neurological disorders such as multiple
sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and Parkinson's disease. This
study suggests this concern may be more prevalent in other
neuromuscular conditions as well," said Ileana Howard, MD,
AANEM News Science Editorial Board member.
Vitamin D supplementation has been suggested to improve
function in frail elderly patients at risk for falls, as well as
individuals with myasthenia gravis and Parkinson's. The
impact of vitamin D deficiency and supplementation on
function in other neurologic conditions has yet to be explored.
"While the connection between vitamin D deficiency and
neurologic disease is likely complex and not yet fully understood,
this study may prompt physicians to consider checking vitamin D
levels in their patients with neurologic conditions and supplementing
when necessary," said Dr. Howard.
The above story is based on materials provided by American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length
Thursday, October 30, 2014