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Technology gives people with chronic illnesses greater independence.

Researchers from Newcastle University’s Digital Interaction Group in the UK are currently working on a way that Google Glass could be used to slow the onset of Parkinson’s disease. Not only could the technology provide people with greater independence, but it would help mitigate the symptoms that they experience every day. Working with a group of Parkinson’s volunteers aged between 46-70 years, the team are using the technology to provide discreet prompts linked to key behaviours typical of Parkinson’s. Reminding the individual to speak up, or swallow to prevent drooling, are prime examples. Glass can also be used as a personal reminder for things such as medication and appointments.

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