Computer keyboard helps diagnose Parkinson’s disease

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Keyboard for Parkinson's diagnosis

A team of researchers found a way to detect early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease using a conventional computer keyboard. The truth for this is still a special application.

In this case, the study used motor effects monitoring during keystrokes, for which scientists attracted 42 patients with an early stage of Parkinson’s disease and 43 healthy volunteers. They were asked to print a piece of text for 10-15 minutes on a keyboard connected to a computer with special software.

Subsequent analysis revealed significant differences in the timing of keystrokes in patients and healthy participants in the experiment. As one of the leading researchers, Luca Giancarlo, said, this approach to diagnostics is no different from the interaction with conventional digital devices.

“We were able to identify the characteristic signs that allow us to establish the disease,” he continues. “We believe that our achievements will help fill the gap between visits to a neurologist or between tests that can not be done continuously.”

Unfortunately, Parkinson’s disease is still incurable , but scientists hope that their method will help with the early diagnosis of this serious ailment and will contribute to more effective treatment.

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