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Report Summarizes Parkinson's Disease Study Findings from University of Kebangsaan

June 17, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Parkinson's disease have been published. According to news reporting originating from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Many input devices are available for interacting with computers, but the computer mouse is still the most popular device for interaction. People who suffer from involuntary tremor have difficulty using the mouse in the normal way."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the University of Kebangsaan, "The target participants of this research were individuals who suffer from Parkinson's disease. Tremor in limbs makes accurate mouse movements impossible or difficult without any assistive technologies to help. This study explores a new assistive technique-adaptive path smoothing via B-spline (APSS)-to enhance mouse controlling based on user's tremor level and type. APSS uses Mean filtering and B-spline to provide a smoothed mouse trajectory. Seven participants who have unwanted tremor evaluated APSS. APSS is very promising and greatly increases their control of the computer mouse. Result of user acceptance test also shows that user perceived APSS as easy to use. They also believe it to be a useful tool and intend to use it once it is available."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Future studies could explore the possibility of integrating APSS with one assistive pointing technique, such as the Bubble cursor or the Sticky target technique, to provide an all in one solution for motor disabled users."

For more information on this research see: Improving Mouse Controlling and Movement for People with Parkinson's Disease and Involuntary Tremor Using Adaptive Path Smoothing Technique via B-Spline. Assistive Technology, 2014;26(2):96-104. Assistive Technology can be contacted at: R E S N A Press, 1700 Moore St, Ste 1540, Arlington, VA 22209-1903, USA.

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.Y.B. Hashem, Univ Kebangsaan Malaysia, Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia. Additional authors for this research include N.A.M. Zin, N.F.M. Yatim and N.M. Ibrahim.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Brain Diseases, Movement Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Basal Ganglia Diseases, Parkinsonian Disorders, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Central Nervous System Diseases

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Source: Journal of Technology

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