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Parkinson’s breakthrough: Home monitor allowing better targeted treatment

New software has been developed which can detect a side-effect of treatment that causes involuntary jerking movements.

Prolonged exposure to the dopamine replacement drugs used to treat Parkinson’s can lead to dyskinesia – involuntary jerking and spasms of the body.

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh said the software reliably detects the condition.

They are now using their findings to develop a home monitor that will help clinicians adapt and improve treatment.

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