New Scientist - "AI Spots Alzheimer’s Brain Changes Years Before Symptoms Emerge" - Anil Ananthaswamy

New York, NY
 – September 14, 2017  –– 

Artificial intelligence can identify changes in the brains of people likely to get Alzheimer’s disease almost a decade before doctors can diagnose the disease from symptoms alone. The technique uses non-invasive MRI scans to identify alterations in how regions of the brain are connected. Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that is the leading cause of dementia for the elderly, eventually leading to loss of memory and cognitive functions. The race is on to diagnose the disease as early as possible. Although there is no cure, drugs in development are likely to work better the earlier they are given. An early diagnosis can also allow people to start making lifestyle changes to help slow the progression of the disease. Patrick Hof, MD, professor of neuroscience, geriatrics and palliative medicine, and ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is intrigued by the new test. He said “a method that might predict the disease a decade before it is fully expressed would be incredibly valuable should preventative therapeutics emerge.”

- Patrick Hof, MD, Professor, Neuroscience, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Ophthalmology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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