Browsing Category: Parkinson’s

VR for early neurodegenerative disease detection, personalized rehabilitation

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 […]

Implant + wearable to track neuromodulation effectiveness

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 […]

Wearable + exercise app to improve Parkinson’s symptoms

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, […]

Study: Cancer drug improves Parkinson’s cognitive, motor functions

A small, early stage trial (with no control group) at Georgetown has  found that a small dose of the leukemia drug nilotinib (brand name “Tasigna” by Novartis) produced “meaningful clinical improvements” in 10 out of 11 patients. The potential impact is significant, and the researchers believe that expanded studies will validate the  promising results. During the trial, participant […]

Ultrasound targets deep brain region, helps Parkinson’s symptoms

University of Maryland researchers are using MRI-guided focused ultrasound on the globus pallidus to treat Parkinson’s symptoms. The ExAblate Neuro system was developed by Israel’s Insightec.  The treatment is non-invasive, as it does not require a cut, but its ultrasound impacts a deep region of the brain, which is not with out risk. Currently, drugs and […]

Digital pen/machine learning based neurodegenerative disease diagnosis

MIT researchers have developed a digital assessment tool based on the Anoto Live Pen that they believe will improve the accuracy of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.  A paper demonstrates a machine learning based predictive model that might detect neurodegenerative diseases earlier than current methods. According to lead author William Souillard-Mandar,  the technology “allows us to extract […]

Phone based Parkinson’s research

mPower is a mobile Parkinson’s Disease study, powered by HealthKit.  It attempts to understand why people experience different symptoms, and why a person’s symptoms and side effects can vary over time. The process includes surveys and tasks that activate phone sensors. Progression symptoms, including dexterity, balance and gait, are tracked. The goal is to understand variations, improve the […]

Study: DBS reshapes neural circuits

UCSF professor Philip Starr published a paper suggesting that Deep Brain Stimulation works by reducing overly synchronized motor cortex activity. He believes that this explains why surgically implanted electrodes improve movement, tremor, and rigidity in Parkinson’s patients. Little is known about why and how DBS works.   This has held back efforts to improve the therapy. […]

Keystroke patterns to detect early Parkinson’s

Madrid-MIT M+Vision Consortium researchers used keystroke patterns to diagnose motor function impairing conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease.  In a Scientific Reports paper, they described their algorithm’s ability to distinguish keystroke patterns of sleep deprived typers, and rested typers.   A study of 24 Parkinson’s patients suggested that the keystroke algorithm can also distinguish people who have the disease from […]