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mPower Uses Power of iPhone to Crowd-Source Parkinson’s Research

It’s no secret that iPhones are amazing tools for communication, productivity, and entertainment. More recently, the digital apparatus has proven to be a viable tool for medical monitoring and research. The sensors on-board these devices can make them even more agile than a supercharged desktop computer. The mPower app takes the capabilities of the iPhone and applies them to Parkinson’s Disease research in a user-friendly manner.

By leveraging the microphones, the responsive touch-screen, and the gyroscopes inside the iPhone, mPower is able to gather data from participants by having them perform simple tasks like sustained crooning, repetitive screen-tapping, and walking or balancing while holding their iPhone. Both PD patients and healthy individuals over the age of 18 are encouraged to contribute to the study.

To download the app from IMS Health Appscript, click here.

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For more information about the mPower research study, click here.