Thursday , August 24 2017
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New smart gloves to monitor Parkinson’s disease

Washington: Scientists have successfully developed a special type of smart gloves which will help in detection of Parkinson disease. The gloves will help in measuring tremors and rigidity in fingers which are the common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It will also allow doctors to monitor patients with the help of smartphone.

The gloves when connected to smartphones, processes the data and deliver it to neurologists in their offices.

This way, doctors can manage the treatment plan of the patient day-to-day, ensuring that medication is working properly and eliminating the need for patients to make stressful clinical visits, researchers said.

Kunal Mankodiya, director of University of Rhode Island’s Wearable Bio sensing Laboratory, said he is researching how to transform gloves, socks, clothing and even shoes into high-tech items that will make people healthier and improve their lives.

“Patients with Parkinson’s face many mobility issues – driving and even walking long distances,” Mankodiya said.

“The glove will give patients the option of receiving health care while remaining at home, and it also reduces the risk of falls and other accidents,” he said.

Mankodiya is also working on high-tech socks for people who have suffered strokes.

Sensors woven into the fabric relay information about a patient’s gait to doctors and physical therapists so they can tailor rehabilitation therapy to each patient.

“The socks examine the walking stride. They can quantify movements of the knee and ankle joints to find subtle irregularities that require therapy,” Mankodiya said.

PTI