Smart watches are now not only available for time management and controlling exercise routines but also for detection of illness called Parkinson’s disease.
According to the recent studies, Smart Watches with the help of Artificial intelligence can now be used for diagnosing the disease and doctors will be able to predict which users might get Parkinson’s disease.
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The study, which collected data from 103,712 smartwatch wearers using artificial intelligence, focused on tracking users’ movement speed over a one-week period between 2013 and 2016.
By analyzing this data, the researchers were able to predict which users have high chances of getting disease.
The potential of using smartwatches as screening tools for early detection of illnesses like Parkinson’s disease has raised hopes within the medical community.
However, it is important to mention that further studies from around the world are required to assess the accuracy of such diagnoses before smartwatches can be widely utilized in this capacity, as cited by researchers.
What is Parkinson’s disease ?
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes involuntary shaking or tremors, slow movement, and stiff muscles in the body of patient.
One significant challenge faced by doctors and patients is the late diagnosis of Parkinson’s, as by the time symptoms manifest and the disease is diagnosed, it has often progressed significantly.
Dr. Cynthia Sandor, the leader of the research, emphasized the potential benefits of smartwatches in identifying early-stage Parkinson’s, especially considering the relatively large number of individuals in the UK population who wear them.
She mentioned that even a week’s worth of data captured by smartwatches was able to predict events up to seven years in the future, indicating their potential as a valuable screening tool.
Dr. Kathryn Peall, another researcher involved in the study, mentioned the ability of smartwatches to differentiate between Parkinson’s disease and other factors such as old age.
The researchers compared their model across various disorders, including other neurodegenerative disorders, movement disorders, and individuals with osteoarthritis.
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The distinct changes noticed in individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease further supported the significant usefulness of smartwatches in early diagnoses of disease.