Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Open-science nonprofit trots out promising data from study of iPhone app for Parkinson's

Open-science nonprofit Sage Bionetworks has released promising data from a study of its iPhone app for Parkinson's. The news is a feather in the organization's cap as it forges ahead with its technology and fleshes out the system to help researchers develop better insights into the disease.
More than 9,500 individuals with Parkinson's over the past 6 months logged data using Sage's mPower app, and the organization found a huge variation of symptoms among patients. Sage also saw different patterns in how patients took their medicine and their corresponding symptoms. The information could help scientists target better windows of intervention and also allow healthcare professionals to tailor treatment to patients, Sage said in a statement.
The app tracks patients' daily experiences to give scientists a better idea about their symptoms. mPower, which Sage developed with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, uses iPhone sensors to measure patients' dexterity, balance and gait, memory and vocal characteristics. The app also tracks when patients take their meds.

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