Cool MS stuff in the works
Nearly 12,000 neurologists and investigators convened in New Orleans in April to present findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting.
This would be cool..
“Smartphone to track MS progression – Sashank Prasadd, MD (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston) and team presented a new series of studies that will evaluate whether smartphones can actually monitor MS disease progression. A consortium has been established of clinicians and scientists with expertise in MS, cognitive psychology, computer science, ethics, and regulatory issues to build smartphone technology that tracks clinical changes in MS. The consortium has created 21 custom applications for the Android smartphone platform, including MS-related questionnaires and specific tests of vision and cognition. Each is completed in10 minutes or less. Fifty people with MS and 50 controls are being enrolled for a phase I study of the effectiveness of this method of tracking MS disease progression. This type of research aims at outcome measures that more accurately track MS and MS progression, especially for use in clinical trials. (Abstract P01.144)”
From the National MS Society reporting on the 2012 American Academy of Neurology’s Annual meeting
To all the neurologists and really smart people that spent 10+ years in school and decades in the field to cure MS - this a really cool idea - but mine’s better:
Smartphone to track MS progression and treat symptoms - I would like my iphone to be a full body scanner - I would implant barcodes under my skin if necessary. Then I could just hover my iphone (whom I would call ‘Bones’) all over myself. Bones would make an odd humming noise during this process. It would then report back to me about things like white blood cell activity, status of existing or new lesions on my brain or spinal cord - you know straightforward stuff like that. Bones would send a similar report to my personal database at my neurologist’s office where it would be analyzed and treatment could be prescribed back to Bones who would then contact my pharmacy if medication was required.
Then Bones would whip up a creme brulee and give me a pedicure while I ate.
“Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor - not a miracle worker!”