IETF Funded Research 2016
2016 Funded Research
Application of Smartphones/Smartwatches in Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring of Essential Tremor
The analysis and quantification of tremor is achieved by using a tremor measuring device called an accelerometer. However, accelerometry is not widely available and only a few centers have them available. Modern smartphones and smartwatches usually contain 3 sensors which might be suitable to analyze tremor: (1) a three axes accelerometer, (2) a three axis gyroscope, (3) a three-axes magnetometer, each measuring in three axes. The data from these sensors can be used to aid the correct diagnosis of tremor disorders and to monitor tremor treatment.
Norepinephrine’s Effects on the Cerebellum and Role in Tremor
Propranolol is a beta-blocker and is the most widely used medication for the treatment of essential tremor. Dr. Krook-Magnuson believes propranolol’s actions are centrally located, working on a region of the brain known as the cerebellum, and slowing the amount of norepinephrine released. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter. Think of it as a city bus that moves information from the brain to various locations/stops in the body.