Device assesses Parkinson’s progression in patients

Parkinson’s disease affects more than 10 million people worldwide. Photo: Pexels.

A Wireless device created by researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) constantly monitors the speed of the gait of a patient with Parkinson’s and can evaluate the progression of the disease among visits to the doctor.

Parkinson’s disease affects more than 10 million people around the world, and doctors often test patients by testing their motor skills Y cognitive functions.

The device for domestic use can monitor movement and gait speed of a patient, which can be used to evaluate the severity and progression of the disease, as well as the response to medication.

Data collected

the size of a wifi routercollect data using radio signals that are reflected in the patient’s body when moving around the house. Since these always travel at the same speed, the time they take to reflect on the device indicates how does it move the patient.

The device incorporates a machine learning classifier that can catch the precise radio signals that are reflected in the patient even when other people are moving around the room. Some sophisticated algorithms They use this motion data to calculate gait speed, that is, how fast the person is walking.

The team made two studiesone of two months and another of two yearsin which they participated 50 personsof which 3. 4 They were diagnosed Parkinson’s.

Engineers found that by using machine learning algorithms to analyze the large amount of data they collected, a doctor “could track the progression of Parkinson’s more effectively than with periodic evaluations in the clinic,” according to MIT.

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