You must have heard about Parkinson disease, if not you’ll know it today. Parkinson’s patients are not able to live life normal anymore. There are 10 Million people worldwide affected with this disease. The worst part of all is that there is no cure. Project Emma doesn’t cures the disease nor help patient to completely move back to normal life but if helps with one of the biggest problem faced by these patients.
Parkinson’s disease is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking. Thinking and behavioural problems may also occur. Dementia becomes common in the advanced stages of the disease. Depression and anxiety are also common occurring in more than a third of people with this disease. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep, and emotional problems. The main motor symptoms are collectively called “parkinsonism”, or a “parkinsonian syndrome”.
This helps the patient with their shaking problem. Patients are not able to do any work or write anything due to their shaking problem. They can’t even draw basic shapes like rectangle. ‘Haiyan Zhang’ at Microsoft research is trying her best to help these people. She has been developing something with the help of her test patient ‘Emma’. It’s a band which is short-circuiting the feedback between the hands, which in the leads to the lesser and lesser shaking. This project may lead to the completely overcome to at least one problem of this disease.