Parkinson's

By Aditi Pai March 3, 2015
Chrono Therapeutics, a Hayward, California-based company working on a new wearable for smoking cessation and drug delivery,  has received an investment from seed fund Rock Health. According to MedCity News, Rock Health has contributed $100,000. This brings the company's total funding to about $32.1 million. Chrono disclosed its most recent round in June 2014. It included contributions from Canaan...
By Aditi Pai September 11, 2014
Google has acquired San Francisco-based Lift Labs, a company that is developing smart utensils for people with Parkinson’s and essential tremor. Lift Labs will join Google[x], which is Google's secretive innovation lab. Lift Labs is not to be confused with activity and posture tracking wearable device maker Lumo Body Tech, which offers a device called Lumo Lift. Lift Labs has raised $1 million in...
By Aditi Pai August 14, 2014
Intel has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), a nonprofit organization focused on Parkinson's disease research, to study symptom patterns in Parkinson's patients. During the multiphase research study, patients will monitor their symptoms with wearable devices and researchers will use a big data analytics platform to then analyze the information gathered. There is currently no...
By Neil Versel December 19, 2013
"Virtual house calls" over consumer-grade webcams and mobile devices have great potential to improve the care of patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders, new research has shown, but the lingering issues of reimbursement and physician licensure continue to hinder growth of remote consultations. In a study published this month as an open-access article in the journal...
By Aditi Pai September 23, 2013
Cleveland Clinic's two-year-old app-based concussion assessment system C3 Logix has moved to Pennsylvania-based Allegheny Health Network through a limited licensing agreement with iComet Technologies. Athletic trainers with Allegheny Health Network have begun testing with the system this month and plan to expand the program to all 14 school districts that receive athletic training services...
By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2013
Lift Labs, the Rock Health startup developing smart utensils for people with Parkinson's or Essential Tremor, has raised $1 million from angel investors and announced its official launch. The startup's first hardware product, Liftware, a spoon that detects and autocorrects for hand tremors, will be available for preorder from Lift Labs' website, with plans to ship in December. Prior to the angel...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2013
A data visualization of the Michael J. Fox Foundation's Parkinson's data from LIONSolver. The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has recently begun to explore how data sourced from mobile phones and analyzed with machine learning algorithms can help improve research into Parkinson's. The organization held the Parkinson's Data Challenge, where teams competed for a $10,000 prize with their...
By Neil Versel February 13, 2013
It seems counterintuitive for those who proudly wear the "hacker" label to seek ways to work with established industry players rather than being disruptive in a healthcare sector badly in need of radical change, but that was what happened at Health and Wellness Innovation 2013, the recently concluded 11-day event better known as MIT Media Lab's Health and Wellness Hackathon. The hackathon brought...
By Brian Dolan June 29, 2009
U. of House works on wireless sensors: University of Houston and the Abramson Center for the Future of Health are designing an in-home health system for vital sign monitoring and location tracking. For about $1,000 an entire house could be outfitted with the system, which could then alert caregivers via their smartphones when a patient is in need. For movement tracking, patients will have to wear...
By Brian Dolan April 14, 2009
During a panel discussion here at the World Health Care Congress in Washington D.C., PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder, President and Director Benjamin Heywood briefly described his social networking site's growing popularity and aims. Heywood also noted that he's still fascinated that PatientsLikeMe is thrown into the Health 2.0 bucket even though most users of his site are not young "technorati" but...

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