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By the time
Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed, the damage is likely already done.
But what if there was a way to check for early signs of this progressive
disorder of the nervous system? What if a smartphone app or computer
keyboard could pick up Parkinson’s just from the way someone swiped
or typed? What if it could determine how well people with Parkinson’s
are responding to their medications? Mya Schiess, M.D., has been
working with Giancardo for the past year and said this technology
could be used to measure the mobility of individuals afflicted by
Parkinson’s. “We could profile their mobility and, once we get their
measurement, show change over time or rate a disease that is
progressive,” said Schiess, vice chair of neurology and the
Adriana Blood Endowed Chair in Neurology at McGovern Medical School
at UTHealth, and a member of the medical staff at Memorial
Hermann-Texas Medical Center.