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Intel Partners with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to Better Understand Parkinson’s

At Las Vegas Home Care Assistance, we’re always looking to share the latest information and research about senior health. This week, we stumbled upon an article highlighting how today’s technology can help researchers better track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and we wanted that information with our readers.

Partnering with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Intel has developed wearable devices and mobile apps for those living with the disease. These devices will provide researchers with more comprehensive data allowing for a more objective approach to research on a much larger scale than is currently possible. This partnership is Intel’s first experience with serving medical research needs.

Patient symptoms including hand tremors and less obvious nuances will be collected automatically, allowing patients to go about their daily activities without documenting changes. These wearable devices will also track patient experiences including when medication kicks in and wears off, food intake, sleep patterns, patient gait and some environmental changes. Patients will be able to document medication and mood in order to provide their doctors additional day-to-day details.

Patients who do not have local access to research facilities or Parkinson’s specialists will be able to participate in the research pool. This increase in data will help researchers better understand Parkinson’s and allow for advances in treatment. The data from the devices will be collected in real time and automatically sent to the cloud where Intel-developed services and software will collect, monitor and analyze it. Intel will keep data for analysis anonymous, but patients will be able to specify if they want data sent to their doctor’s office prior to an appointment.

When dealing with chronic disease, it is at best difficult to document every change in symptoms. This type of wide-scale, moment-to-moment insight will be invaluable to patients and their families, allowing patients to focus on their life rather than their disease while advancing research.

If your aging parent or loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, find out how Parkinson’s home care in Las Vegas can help promote their health, wellness and quality of life at home. Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of Parkinson’s care, offering flexible hourly and live-in care schedules for seniors who need help with daily activities, personal care and more.

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