Posted on July 27, 2016 by staff

Beats Medical is revolutionising Parkinson’s treatment


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Dublin-based start-up Beats Medical helps to improve the lives of those with Parkinson’s disease.

It has revolutionised how patients with the condition are treated and monitored.

The award-winning company was founded by chief executive Ciara Clancy, a chartered physiotherapist, and chief medical officer Dr Wui-Mei Chew, a medical doctor and experienced researcher.

Desperate to develop a new way of treating Parkinson’s, they came up with an app which uses metronome therapy to help improve mobility.

Individual metronome therapy sessions are provided along with medication reminders, daily assessments and regular reports to help those with the condition take more control and support a better quality of life.

“These treatments are available for just €1 a day,” Clancy, 22, told The Irish Times.

“We have users in 24 countries worldwide but our current focus is the UK and Ireland.

“In future we hope to also treat other neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, dyspraxia and cerebral palsy through technology.”

The team say the app is helping to reduce treatment costs and significantly increase the standard of living of those with Parkinson’s.

It reduces episodes of freezing of gait (FOG) and improves stride length and walking speed.

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