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Glove Could Transform Diagnosis Of Arthritis

provailen, Arthritis Pain Relief, arthritis diet, arthritis in hands, lower back pain treatment, knee arthritis, degenerative arthritis Meanwhile, scientists have developed a high-tech glove that measures joint movements in the hand.

This could transform the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, which occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks cartilage in the joints.

The computerised glove, which has been developed at the University of Ulster, is packed with tiny sensors that monitor mobility of the wrist, thumb and finger joints.

Patients will wear the glove at home so doctors can compile a picture of how severe joint  stiffness is at different times of the day.

Rheumatoid arthritis affects 350,000 people in Britain. Doctors rely on X-rays and patients self-reporting to assess the severity of joint stiffness.

The degree of stiffness can affect which drugs are prescribed, but the quality of diagnosis can vary from one clinician to another.

This could potentially allow the disease to progress and do irreversible damage to joints.

The high-tech glove downloads data on to a doctor’s computer to create a 3-D image of the patient’s hand movements, enabling them to get the correct drug therapy much sooner.

A prototype of the glove is being tested on patients with rheumatoid arthritis at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry.

 

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2134193/Happy-pill-eases-agony-arthritis.html#ixzz1tEUflDxq

 


 

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