The United States Food and Drug Administration just cleared StrivePD, an app that tracks and detects Parkinson’s symptoms using Apple’s Movement Disorders API. Rune Labs, the company behind this app, hopes it will accelerate Parkinson’s research and improve patients’ lives.
As defined by the NIA, Parkinson’s is a brain disorder that causes involuntary or uncontrollable body movements. Tremors, loss of balance, stiffness and difficulty speaking are hallmarks of Parkinson’s. And while there’s no cure for the disease, proactive treatment can slow down or relieve some symptoms.
StrivePD should, in theory, take some of the guesswork out of treating Parkinson’s. Doctors and patients can use the app to track how symptoms are developing, changing, or improving over time. And such detailed data could make care decisions (e.g. medication) more effective.
But the app isn’t just for collecting tremor data. For example, patients can use it to log their mood, which can give them insight into their mental health (about 50% of people with Parkinson’s suffer from depression). The app can also remind patients to complete daily tasks, take their medication, or think about their goals.
StrivePD is currently open with a waiting list. Those accepted into the program will receive an Apple Watch but must convince their neurologist and care team to get involved.
Source: Rune Labs via PC Mag
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