An Oxford University researcher and her team showed that digital wearable devices can track the progression of Parkinson's disease in an individual more effectively than human clinical observation can, according to a newly published paper.
By tracking more than 100 metrics picked up by the devices, researchers were able to discern subtle changes in the movements of subjects with Parkinson's, a neurodegenerative disease that afflicts 10 million people worldwide.
The lead researcher emphasized that the latest findings were not a treatment for Parkinson's. Rather, they are a means of helping scientists gauge whether novel drugs and other therapies for Parkinson's are slowing the progression of the disease.
From The New York Times
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