Wrist wear technology has been making a great impact in modern medicine. Here is another great tool that will help Parkison’s patients. “Cedars-Sinai research team is one of the first in the nation to test the Personal KinetiGraph (PKG) data logger, which tracks the movements of Parkinson’s patients every two minutes over a period of six to 10 days.
The information enables neurologists to generate reports showing the fluctuations of Parkinson’s symptoms throughout the day and the timing of when patients take their medication.
Michele Tagliati, MD, director of the Movement Disorders Program in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Neurology, said the device could be a game changer for the treatment of patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease by providing an objective record of movement fluctuations.
Tagliati said such information can enhance doctors’ understanding of the nature and progression of the brain disorder, which progressively affects a person’s ability to control body movements. Up to 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
The small gadget — the size, weight and shape of a wristwatch — also vibrates to remind patients to press a button indicating that they have taken medication prescribed to reduce their body movements.”
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