March 14, 2017
For people living with the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS), there can be many impediments to traveling to the neurologist’s office for regular visits, including personal mobility limitations, pain, or vision impairments. And those are just the physical challenges of MS. For those who live in medically underserved areas, the barriers become even greater, as University of California,...
February 16, 2016
Microsoft has announced a partnership Novartis that began a few years ago to create a system, called Assess MS, that better evaluates how patients perform on multiple sclerosis (MS) tests.
The current MS tests require patients to perform movements, like touching their nose or sitting with their arms outstretched. Providers watch the patients and rate their movements on a scale, but ratings that...
April 15, 2015
Boston-based patient network PatientsLikeMe announced two pieces of pharma news this week: a five-year research collaboration deal with AstraZeneca and the results of a multiple sclerosis wearable study conducted in collaboration with Biogen.
The PatientsLikeMe-AstraZeneca deal is similar to one the company struck with Genentech last Spring. AstraZeneca will have full access to PatientsLikeMe's...
January 28, 2015
Biogen Idec used Fitbit bands in a previous study
Biogen Idec has partnered with Google X, Google's business unit for long-term “moonshot” projects, to study outside factors that might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a report from Bloomberg.
Google and Biogen will use sensors, software, and data analysis tools to collect and analyze data from people who...
December 8, 2014
Naomi Fried, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Chief Innovation Officer, is leaving the hospital to become Vice President of Medical Information, Innovation, and External Partnerships at Biogen Idec, MobiHealthNews has learned.
"I have loved working at Boston Children’s, which is one of the finest organizations in the world," she wrote in an email. "I feel grateful to all of the people at Boston...
September 2, 2014
A small study published in Radiology found that patients with multiple sclerosis who played a high-instensity video game on a Nintendo Wii saw improvement in the microstructural changes of their brains, which in turn improved the participant's balance.
While MS has many symptoms, one symptom is loss of balance.
Researchers conducted the trial to determine if the video game would help result in...
May 28, 2014
Health tracking and analytics platform Tictrac has partnered with Novartis to launch an awareness campaign, called The 7-Day Challenge to Live Like You, for multiple sclerosis (MS).
"MS is a complicated disease, and one which affects many aspects of your life," Tictrac Senior Account Manager Nooreen Kara told MobiHealthNews in an email. "Whether it's stress, mood, fitness or sexual activity,...