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NEW FRONTIERS: Electronic Sensors Break New Ground in Neurology Practice and Research

April 2, 2015

NEW FRONTIERS: Electronic Sensors Break New Ground in Neurology Practice and Research

Imagine the possibilities: A real-time, wearable electronic sensor records a child’s seizure, wirelessly sends an alert to the physician and caregiver, and delivers a dose of antiseizure medication. A motion sensor detects the walking cadence of a woman with advanced Parkinson’s disease, adjusting the display of a moving grid pattern on the lenses of the Google glasses she is wearing, prompting her to step along the virtual tiles only she can see. And motion sensors strategically placed throughout the apartment of an elderly man, who had been diagnosed only four months earlier with depression and mild cognitive impairment at his twice yearly check-up, detect a rapid decline in his walking speed and his frequency of excursions outside the home, signaling his physician’s office to schedule a visit three months early, where he is diagnosed and treated.

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