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New glove to help in managing arthritis

By Donan Deeney

A glove designed in Londonderry which will help alleviate the pain of rheumatoid arthritis is set to go into production.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust is on the point of producing a unique wireless glove that should make the assessment of small joint mobility more accurate.

It means that the debilitating condition can be better managed.

The computerised glove was designed by University of Ulster scientists at its Magee Campus. One of them, Dr Kevin Curran, described the glove as ground-breaking.

“We’ve been doing a lot of work on the concept, but our new version will break new ground because it is being made to our specifications,” he said.

“There has never been a tool that adequately quantifies stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

“The new glove will give more precise measurements than we’ve ever had and will help people to self-manage their condition.

“The signs are promising for the computerised glove. We have applied for a patent for our invention and already we’ve had interest from a number of companies.”

The innovative glove was presented at a conference of international healthcare providers held in Derry which centred on the translation of novel healthcare ideas from concept through to point of care.

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