Robot Helps With Early Screening for Alzheimer’s Patients
September is World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and a new project at Michigan Tech, in collaboration with UP Health System-Portage, investigates how technology can assist doctors in earlier diagnosis of the neurodegenerative disease.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports as many as five million Americans had the disease in 2013. They estimate that by 2050, nearly 14 million will have it. Age is the best-known risk factor and memory loss is at the forefront of symptoms.
While many think of the progression of Alzheimer’s mostly as a cognitive process, the mind and body are inherently linked. A new three-year project at Michigan Tech, funded by the National Institutes of Health, explores that link.
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