Apple Watch to help Parkinson's treatment and trials

Apple has added a new API to its ResearchKit framework that will allow apps to monitor Watch users for signs of Parkinson's.

Commenting on the development, Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation at Parkinson's UK, said:

"This is one of the promising developments in wearable tech that could revolutionise our understanding of Parkinson's.

"By tracking a person’s movements throughout the day, researchers and medical professionals will be able to get a much more comprehensive picture of a person's condition than the snapshots currently gained through clinical assessments or occasional check-ups.

"This understanding could improve professional’s tracking of people’s reactions to treatments, both in prescription and trial phases, ultimately helping to lead to better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's."


For more information please contact: 

Molly Horsburgh, Senior Media & Press Officer, Parkinson’s UK: 

  • 020 7963 9351

About Parkinson's

Every hour, 2 people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's.

It affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is around 1 adult in every 350.

Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

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