Glove will assist in arthritis diagnosis

A computerised glove designed by Irish scientists will improve the diagnosis and assessment of rheumatoid arthritis for many patients.

Scientists at the University of Ulster have devised a unique wireless glove that they say should make the assessment of small joint mobility much more accurate.

The custom-made 'Edata glove' is being manufactured for the University of Ulster at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

The researchers say until now there has never been a tool that adequately quantifies stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Using specifically-designed software, the new glove will give more precise measurements that will assist people in self-managing their condition.

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