Parkinson's disease

By Heather Mack January 19, 2017
People with Parkinson’s disease who used an app to track and manage symptom improved their medication adherence and had better conversations with clinicians about their condition, according to the results of a recent National Health Services study published in the journal Nature Parkinson’s.   Representing the largest randomized controlled trial of a digital technology for Parkinson’s Disease,...
By Jonah Comstock January 5, 2017
Cambridge-based MC10, which makes paper-thin adhesive health sensors, and Belgium-based pharma company UCB have completed the Parkinson's study they began in 2014 and are aiming to publish the results later this year, the two companies announced. The study used MC10's adhesive sensors to collect movement data on Parkinson's patients, combined with patient-reported outcomes and neurological...
By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2016
Since its well-publicized meeting with the FDA in 2013, Apple has continued to meet with the agency regularly as well as to correspond by phone and email, according to emails obtained by MobiHealthNews via a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA.   These emails show that Apple and the FDA have discussed the App Store review process, the 510(k) process, ResearchKit apps, diagnostic apps,...
By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2016
Apple is working closely with the FDA to develop an FDA-regulated app for diagnosing Parkinson’s disease, MobiHealthNews has learned. The insight comes from a batch of emails MobiHealthNews obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA. The tech giant held a meeting about Parkinson's at its headquarters in Cupertino in September 2015 attended by a number of neurologists and...
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2016
At an event in Cupertino today, Apple announced that it would take its ResearchKit framework and spin off a new, similar offering called CareKit, an open source toolkit for hospitals and health systems. CareKit will launch with two applications: one for home monitoring of Parkinson's and one for post-surgical discharge. "When we introduced ResearchKit, our goal was to improve medical research and...
By Jonah Comstock August 13, 2015
Roche Pharma Research and Early Development, a division of Roche Pharmaceuticals, has developed a new mobile app to measure Parkinson's disease symptoms. The app was developed in partnership with Max Little, a British mathametician at the head of the Parkinson's Voice Initiative, and it will actually be used in a drug development trial with Prothena Biosciences. “The app is being used in a Phase...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2015
Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, which makes mobile software and wearable devices for monitoring symptoms of Parkinson's disease, has released a new clinical version of its technology that supports continuous monitoring. Kinesia 360 is still a clinician-facing tool; it doesn't appear to be the direct-to-consumer offering the company promised last April when it received a $1.5 million NIH grant. "...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2014
Dr. Richard Boxer There's more than one way to do a house call. That was the takeaway from a discussion of two very different mobile health initiatives that shared the stage at a panel I moderated this week at the mHealth Summit. Dr. Richard Boxer, the former chief medical officer of Teladoc, spoke about his new startup Pager, which literally sends doctors to the doors of patients who have...
By Jonah Comstock April 16, 2014
Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies, a company using tablets and wearable sensors for Parkinson's diagnosis and therapy, will use a recent $1.5 million NIH grant to start a move toward direct-to-consumer marketability. This is the latest in a long series of NIH grants for the company since 2005 and brings the company's total grants to $14.2 million. The system, called Kinesia HomeView, is currently...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2013
A data visualization of the Michael J. Fox Foundation's Parkinson's data from LIONSolver. The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has recently begun to explore how data sourced from mobile phones and analyzed with machine learning algorithms can help improve research into Parkinson's. The organization held the Parkinson's Data Challenge, where teams competed for a $10,000 prize with their...