Watch How Medication Affects Movement In Parkinson's Disease

Global Kinetics has just received FDA approval for their Parkinson's KinetiGraph (PKG) Data Logger, a wearable wrist recorder that monitors and tracks the movement of a patient suffering from movement disorders like Parkinson's, to help their physician determine the best course of treatment

Parkinson's is a progressive disorder of the frontal lobe of the brain, the part of the brain that controls impulsive and non-impulsive movement, and affects about 6 million people worldwide. It is the most common movement disorder, with symptoms like bradykinesia, rigidity, tremors and postural instability. The most common treatment for Parkinson’s disease, levodopa, aims to increase the amount of dopamine in the brain, but with no known cure, identifying the best treatment options to control challenging symptoms is key to maintaining a good quality of life.

Parkinson's KinetiGraph™ (PKG™)Parkinson's KinetiGraph™ (PKG™)

The PKG is a simple device that consists of an accelerometer and an inbuilt alert system to remind patients when to take their medication. It looks like a wristwatch, and automatically records a patients movement data. It is worn for just 6-10 days, gathering enough data to allow a physician to see patterns in movement specific to the patients current treatment plan. On assessing the data, they may decide to change the type, amount or timing of a patient's medication, or recommend an advanced therapy, such as deep brain stimulation. 

As the world's population is aging, the number of people suffering from Parkinson's will continue to grow. As a result, there has been tremendous growth in new diagnostic information, pharmacological and neurosurgical treatments for movement disorders like Parkinson's, and the Parkinson's KinetiGraph (PKG) Data Logger is a welcome addition, enabling physicians to make more personalised, effective, treatment decisions.

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