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Could this glove be the solution to Parkinson’s tremors?

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  • Parkinson’s disease is estimated to affect between 7 and ten million people worldwide
  • A new hand-stabilizing glove could offer an alternative to drug treatment
  • The glove uses gyroscopes (spinning discs) to steady the hand and prevent tremors

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(CNN)A drug-free alternative to treat Parkinson’s disease tremors could be on the horizon — in the form of a glove.

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative neurological condition that is estimated to affect between 7 and ten million people worldwide, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
The condition manifests itself mostly through tremors that often make hands shake uncontrollably, impacting the daily lives of sufferers.
While medications are a valid early treatment, they progressively become less effective and come with several side effects.
The proposed GyroGlove uses the laws of physics — rather than chemistry — to stabilize a patient’s hand and control tremors mechanically.
It’s hoped to be effective not just against Parkinson’s disease, but also Essential Tremor, a condition eight times more common than Parkinson’s Disease, according to the International Essential Tremor Foundation.
“It feels as if your hand is moving in thick treacle,” explains Faii Ong, the 26 year old founder of GyroGear, “It means you are able to make smooth, slow movements, and any fine shakes are automatically and instantaneously counteracted. You’re able to do whatever you need to do — make your coffee, cook, that sort of thing.”
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