Microsoft has submitted a patent application for a wearable band that uses haptic feedback for stimulation when wrapped around limbs or joints. It is meant to alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms, including tremors and muscle stiffness.
Haptic actuators are distributed across a band that is adjusted to a “duty cycle” which responds to data derived from wearable sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, heart-rate sensors, and electromyography sensors, as well as tablets or phones.
Examples include stylus sensors communicating with a wrist-worn device to detect involuntary motion while writing. The actuators would then be used to reduce the involuntary motion. The wearable itself could also detect the motion of the actuators.
The patent describes stimulation “provided through the vibration of two or more actuators within the wearable device. In various examples, the wearable device may additionally comprise a second channel for the provision of therapeutic stimulation, such as an audio channel (e.g. the wearable device may additionally comprise a speaker or buzzer),”
The sensors could be integrated into a patch on a shoulder or other joint, or into clothing.
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The Sync Project has developed a novel, music-based, non-pharmaceutical approach to treating pain, sleep, stress, and Parkinson’s gait issues.
Recent studies showed Parkinson’s patients improved their gait when listening to a song with the right beat pattern, and post surgery patients used 1/3 the amount of self-administered morphine after listening to an hour of music.
Lifestyle applications include Unwind, an app detects ones heartbeat, and responds with relaxing music (customized by machine learning tools) to aid sleep, and the Sync Music Bot, which uses Spotify to deliver daily music to enhance work, relaxation, and exercise.
With further clinical validation, this non-invasive therapy could replace drugs for better, targeted, personalized interventions.
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The Verily Study Watch passively captures health data for continuous care platforms and clinical research. Key features described by the company include:
- Multiple physiological and environmental sensors are designed to measure relevant signals for studies spanning cardiovascular, movement disorders, and other areas. Examples include electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, electrodermal activity, and inertial movements.
- A long battery life of up to one week in order to drive better user compliance during longitudinal studies.
- Large internal storage and data compression allow the device to store weeks’ worth of raw data, thus relaxing the need to frequently sync the device.
- A powerful processor supports real time algorithms on the device.
- The firmware is designed to be robust for future extensions, such as over-the-air updates, new algorithms, and user interface upgrades.
- The display is always on so that time is always shown. The display is low power and high resolution for an appealing look and a robust user interface. Note: currently, only time and certain instructions are displayed. No other information is provided back to the user.
The watch will be used in Verily’s current and forthcoming studies, such as the Personalized Parkinson’s Project, meant to track progression, and the Baseline study, meant to understand transitions between health and disease.
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Michael Cima and MIT colleagues have developed a more precise tool to measure dopamine in the brain, to be able to study its role in in learning, memory, and emotion.
The new carbon electrode based technique can cover more of the brain, and provide longer, more accurate neurotransmitter readings, than previously possible.
The goal is a better understanding of neurtransmitter related diseases, and potential therapies to boost dopamine levels, in conditions that dysregulate it, such as Parkison’s disease.
According to lead author Helen Schwerdt: “Right now deep brain stimulation is being used to treat Parkinson’s disease, and we assume that that stimulation is somehow resupplying the brain with dopamine, but no one’s really measured that.”
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Tomsk Polytechnic and Siberian State University scientists David Khachaturyan and Ivan Tolmachov have developed a VR based neurodegenerative disorder diagnosis system. The goal is the early detection and tretment of diseases, including MS and Parkinson’s. The next step is the use of VR systems, like Glass and Kinect, for personalized rehabilitation.
50 subjects, both healthy and already diagnosed, used VR headsets, a non-contact sensor controller and a mobile platform during a variety of activities. Changes in posture and balance were detected, and compared to a human skeleton model of 20 points on the body. Deviations from the model indicated disease. Differences in reactions of those with difference diseases was also noted — Parkinson’s patients experienced hand tremors, and others experienced compromised coordination.
A clinical trial will be completed in 2017.
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Medtronic is linking its implanted devices with Samsung’s phones and tablets to better monitor the effectiveness of neuromodulation technologies. (Click to view Samsung release.)
Those with implanted neurostimulators, which send electronic signals to targeted areas of the brain to block symptoms, can have a more active role in the management of their diseases. Parkinson’s, essential tremor and dystonia patients will hopefully benefit from the initiative.
Data from the devices will be sent to a patient’s mobile devices, including phones, wearables and tablets, in real time. It can also be sent directly to a doctor to help them better understand patient symptoms and progress, and appropriately adjust therapies.
The two companies announces a similar partnership for the management of diabetes earlier this year.
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MIO and Beneufit have partnered to develop wearables to target the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The pdFIT exercise app was developed to improve manual dexterity and fitness levels in Parkinson’s patients. The wearable continuously monitors progress via sensors on the wrist.
The company claims that its Optimal Heart Rate technology cancels noise caused by movement, due to an added accelerometer. This improves the accuracy of the heart rate monitoring algorithm.
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