Intel fights Parkinson’s disease with wearable devices and cloud storage
Behind Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most widespread neurodegenerative brain disorder in the world, and affects one out of every 100 people over the age of 60. Teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Intel is taking aim at Parkinson’s disease, and is using wearable devices to do it.
Parkinson’s disease was first described in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson, and since then, the way to measure it has barely changed. Surgery, medications, and management techniques can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure. Caffeine is thought to help prevent the disease, with an increase in potential prevention coming with an increase in caffeine intake. Tobacco smoke, strangely enough, also may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s by a third when compared to non-smokers — the nicotine may act as a dopamine suppressant. Whatever the cause ends up being for an individual, though, measuring it is often a slow process that doesn’t generate nearly enough data for researchers to make any significant progress. Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) have an idea for speeding up the data collection…