January 27, 2020
Abbott’s Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system has received an expanded clearance from the FDA that now permits the targeted stimulation of a new area of the brain associated with Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
By now targeting the internal globus pallidus alongside the subthalamic nucleus and ventral intermediate nucleus, the company says that its system “is now the only directional DBS...
August 27, 2019
This morning FIGUR8, a new digital platform designed to measure and track body movements as a biomarker, launched with a boost of $7.5 million seed funding. The funding was led by P5 Health Ventures with participation from E14 Fund.
Co-created by researchers at MIT Media Lab and Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Science Lab, the technology was developed with the goal of creating a baseline...
April 11, 2019
Wrist-worn Parkinson’s disease monitors developed by Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporations will soon be deployed to UK patients thanks to a new project headed by the University of Plymouth and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHPNT).
To start, 150 patients in Plymouth City, West Devon and East Cornwall will receive the Parkinson’s KinetiGraph (PKG) wearable as a pilot....
April 10, 2019
VR cardiac care training. Healthcare training and education firm Health Scholars has launched a VR training simulation to help clinicians practice their advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills. The app was built to follow the American Heart Association’s guidelines and programs and incorporates a voice recognition component.
“Our mission is to improve patient safety, and by virtualizing ACLS...
January 2, 2019
Clearance expands BrainScope's use cases. Bethesda, Maryland-based BrainScope has received FDA clearance for new labeling for its BrainScope One system, a wearable mobile device that helps medical professionals assess traumatic brain injury. Specifically, the new labelling expands the product's indications for use to include “multi-modal, multi-parameter assessment” of “concussion” and “mild...
November 27, 2018
Smart sock maker Sensoria is teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and independent research group Neuroscience Research Australia to launch a 100-patient clinical trial looking at what smart textiles in socks can do for Parkinson’s disease patients.
The trial, called Standing Tall-PD, is supported by a grant from MJFF. The first part of the study will test the potential for smart textiles...
November 26, 2018
Monitoring and automatically identifying the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients can be achieved using just a single soft wearable sensor placed on the back of the hand, according to an investigation recently published in NPJ Digital Medicine that sought to optimize such methods of data collection.
According to the researchers — who employed 20 participants, six different sensors and...
November 15, 2018
Belgian biopharma company UCB has tapped customer engagement company Verint Systems to create an app for patients with Parkinson's disease. The app is called PD Coach and includes an AI assistant named April which can communicate with users either by text or speech.
At launch, the app will support journaling and symptoms tracking. April is programmed with a wealth of Parkinson's-specific...
November 6, 2018
Apple’s healthcare patent update. A new Hong Kong and European trademark updates the classification of Apple’s AirPods to include health, fitness, exercise and wellness sensors (kudos to Patently Apple, which spotted the update). The updated classification also includes language concerning the transmission of biometric data, heart rate, body movement and burned calories.
Despite this and other...
Dr. Wei Fan, head of Tencent's Medical AI Lab, and Dan Vahdat, CEO and founder of Medopad
October 8, 2018
Medopad is teaming up with Chinese tech mammoth Tencent and the Parkinson's Centre of Excellence at King's College Hospital in London to develop advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) to speed up diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
The research and development project follows an announcement made in February after Medopad, whose efforts range from remote monitoring apps to data-driven analytics, ...