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Solutions: What do your keystrokes say about Parkinson’s?

HOUSTON (December01, 2017)

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.