A group of researchers in the UK, led by clinical researcher Dr. Fahd Baig at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre, are developing a new diagnostic app that could be used to help identify symptoms of Parkinson's disease by analyzing patients' movements and voice patterns.
The app has been proven to offer a 99% accuracy rate in identifying tell-tale voice patterns simply by analyzing the manner in which a patient says "ahhh" into the phone. The app includes as many as seven different tests analyzing everything from tremor and gait to voice and reaction times.
Mobile diagnostic apps could prove to be a great way to recognize symptoms early in order to mitigate the severity of different diseases and help get treatment started early, and this Parkinson's app holds a lot of promise in this area.
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