Movement Disorder Tracker Gets FDA Approval

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More than 6 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, which is just one of many chronic movement disorders. The tremors and other uncontrolled movements can be treated using the medicine levodopa, which increases the amount of dopamine in the patient’s brain. One of the major challenges for healthcare professionals treating patients with such disorders is getting the correct dosage of the treatment, and assessing the severity of the tremors.

Global Kinetics has developed a solution to this problem. Their product, the Personal KinetiGraph (PKG), is a wrist-worn device that tracks a patient’s motion for six to 10 days at a time. The recorded data is then uploaded to a cloud service that analyzes it and provides a report for the patient and their healthcare professionals. This helps the clinician to understand what type of motion the patient is experiencing so that the medication dosage can be adjusted as needed.

The PKG would be helpful if this was all it did, but it does more. The device also can give the patient a reminder when it is time to take the medication. A flashing light and vibration alerts the patient, and continues until the patient taps the device to indicate that the medication has been taken. The device records the time, so that the clinician can also monitor when the patient took the treatment. This reminder and recording feature helps improve patient compliance with taking their medication.

The device has been approved by the FDA, so it should be available for sale within the United States soon.

100 Million Patient Monitor Devices to Ship

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Where’s the money in the wearables market? One more report points again to the health and medical segments. A new report from ABI Research predicts that about 100 million wearable remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices will ship over the next five years. The forecast appears as part of the firm’s new report on  “The Remote Patient […]

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Printed Battery Powered by Sweat

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A group of scientists at the University of California San Diego have come up with a novel way to power wearable Health Tech devices: sweat. When you exercise your muscles, they produce lactate. The harder your muscles work, the more lactate they produce. Athletes and trainers monitor lactate production as a way to evaluate how […]

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New Family of Wearable Chips Cuts Power Use

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Remember your old “dumb” cellphone? The one that you could charge once or twice a week, depending on how much time you spent talking on calls? Now consider your smartphone; most people have to recharge theirs every day (or maybe even more often than that). Designers are caught in a dilemma; they can get longer […]

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Self-Winding Pacemaker

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Nobody gives out medals for doing everything with electronics. Sometimes, an old-fashioned mechanical solution can work as well or better than some futuristic approach. We’ve reported here before about energy harvesting technology to provide long-term power for implanted pacemakers (Implant Harvests Energy), but a report in the European Society of Cardiology  Congress News 2014 describes a system […]

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So Where’s Our Coverage of Apple’s Announcement?

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you might have missed the fact that Apple made some announcements on Tuesday this week. Over the past year or three, so much speculation has been written about these new products that it probably costs the total GDP of several small countries […]

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New Glucose Monitor Eliminates Finger Pricks

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Last week, Abbott Diabetes Care received European Union approval for a new blood glucose monitoring device for diabetes patients: FreeStyle Libre. The wearable sensor eliminates the need for pricking the patient’s finger to get a drop of blood. Instead, a tiny filament inserted below the skin of the upper arm provides continual measurements, once every […]

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Reduce Risk of Fall for Seniors

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According to Kinesis Health Technologies, about 30% of all elderly individuals 65 and older suffer at least one fall every year. In long-term care facilities, the risk of a fall can be as high as 50%. Many of these falls result in injury, and often require hospitalization and can lead to other complications. In the […]

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Wearable Health Tech Can Monitor Bipolar Disorder

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Many aspects of psychiatry are not exact sciences. Diagnosis and monitoring of various disorders still depends on subjective observation and patient interviews conducted by trained practitioners. A new study published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics reveals that wearable devices can be effective in monitoring and recognizing four different clinical mood states in patients with […]

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Sensor Network Monitors Home Activity

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Wearable technology is great, but you don’t always need a wearable device to achieve a desired outcome. For example, consider the problem of monitoring the daily activities of an elderly person living independently in their own home. A caregiver or responsible family member might want to track the time of day when the person gets […]

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