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Novel Device Measures Function with Finger and Foot Tapping – Further Study Planned

February 27, 2020

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego report that a novel device combining several sensors was able to measure function, correlating strongly with the EDSS, the standard measure of disability progression in MS. Participants wore a small band on the forearm or calf, then completed 20 finger or foot taps. Data from multiple sensors, measuring acceleration, rotation, and nerve impulse activity, was then downloaded to a computer. The procedure was repeated on all four limbs, taking less than five minutes. The team is conducting further studies that will determine the device’s ability to track changes over time, and also is seeking to develop software allowing for widespread use. Finding more sensitive measures to track disease progression more quickly is a priority for improving clinical care and conducting clinical trials in progressive MS.

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Read the paper in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology

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Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.


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