Apple Watch could be used to help treat Parkinson’s according to a new patent

Apple’s Push into the Health field does not show any signs of slowing down, we have heard rumours for over a year that Apple is trying to work on diabetes with the Apple Watch. Now a new Patent filed by Apple shows how sensors on the Apple Watch could be used to monitor tremors and help treat them.

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“Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine (a neurotransmitter). There are an estimated 600,000 to 1 million cases of PD in the United States and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Symptoms of PD include depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, bradykinesia, rigidity, balance gait deficits, speech deficits, tremor and dyskinesia. The most common form of tremor is resting tremor. Resting tremor is an unintentional movement that affects a limb when it is at rest and stops for the duration of a voluntary movement. Dyskinesia is an uncontrollable and involuntary movement that can resemble twitching, fidgeting, swaying or bobbing. Dyskinesia tends to occur when other PD symptoms, such as tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia, are well controlled. Dyskinesia typically occurs as a complication of the long-term use of levodopa, the most commonly used medicine to treat PD. Dyskinesia commonly manifests as chorea, a repeated, irregular, jerky motion that rises and falls with medication and is one of the most disabling forms of dyskinesia.”

Patent number 20190365286 was filed on June 1, 2018.