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Michael J Fox teams with Intel in PD research

Michael J Fox teams with Intel to use big data and wearables in Parkinson's research

Analysis Will track patient data and improve treatment
Thu Aug 14 2014, 13:03
INTEL HAS PARTNERED with The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) to improve research and treatment for Parkinson's disease through big data analytics and wearable devices.
The collaboration consists of a multi-phase research study using a big data analytics platform that detects patterns in data collected from patients via wearables, which monitor symptoms. Intel claims this will aid researchers and physicians to measure progression of the disease by capturing and objectively measuring patients' actual experiences and thus speed progress of breakthroughs in drug development, diagnosis and treatment.
Affecting about 5 million people worldwide, Parkinson's disease is the second most common nerve degenerative disease in the world. MJFF CEO Todd Sherer said that the major problem in diagnosing and treating patients is that we are still "subjectively measuring" Parkinson's disease in the same way doctors did when it was first described by Dr James Parkinson in 1817.
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