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There’s an App for That

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While much of Parkinson’s research is focused on discovering what causes the degenerative disease and finding a cure, new technologies promise to improve quality of life and patient monitoring.

By Tovin Lapan

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(Photo: Rock Steady Boxing)

Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared in our September/October 2016 print issue as a sidebar to “Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s.”

Ōura Ring

This health-monitoring computer packed into a ring tracks sleep, physical activity, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature, and then analyzes the data and offers tips to improve sleep and performance in an integrated phone application. ouraring.com

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(Photo: GyroGlove)

GyroGlove

This lightweight, fingerless glove with a built-in gyroscope helps Parkinson’s patients stabilize hand tremors and perform everyday activities, such as eating with utensils, typing on a smartphone, and holding a pen. gyrogear.co

Liftware

This stabilizing handle, which comes with different fork and spoon attachments, is equipped with a small, integrated computer that senses mild to moderate tremors in the user and then directs two motors to counteract them. liftware.com

Apps & Wearables

Several companies have developed smartphone applications that communicate with wearable sensors to specifically assess the progress or improvement in Parkinson’s symptoms, including gait and voice and balance problems. ucb.com; roche.com

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