Baycrest neuropsychologists have found that a smartphone training program, theory-driven and specifically designed for individuals with memory impairment, can result in "robust" improvements in day-to-day functioning, and boost independence and confidence levels. "The goal of our study was to demonstrate the generalizability of our training protocol to a larger number of individuals with moderate-to-severe memory impairment," said Dr. Eva Svoboda, a clinical neuropsychologist in the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health Program at Baycrest. "Our findings demonstrate that it is possible to harness powerful emerging technologies with brain science in an innovative way to give people with a range of memory deficits some of their independence back." Memory impairment, particularly when it is severe, can impact virtually all aspects of everyday life. Individuals are unable to readily acquire new information making it difficult or impossible to keep appointments and stay on top of changing personal, social and occupational responsibilities.
Alzheimer's disease is the main cause of dementia worldwide. Although there is no cure, early detection is considered crucial for being able to develop effective treatments that act before its progress is irreversible. Mild cognitive impairment is a phase that precedes the disease, but not everyone who suffers from it ends up developing Alzheimer's. A study led by scientists at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and published in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, has succeeded in precisely distinguishing between people whose deterioration is stable and those who will progress to having the disease. The new technique, which uses specific artificial intelligence methods to compare magnetic resonance images, is more effective than the other methods currently in use. Alzheimer's disease affects more than 50 million people worldwide, and the aging of the population means that there may be many more sufferers in the coming decades.
In August of 2018, the Federal Minister of Justice approved the Drager Drug Test 5000 as the Approved Drug Screening Equipment (ADSE) for all Canadian police services. The device itself is costly ($6,000 per device, and $60 per swab) and has to be used under ideal conditions for proper analysis, according to experts. The device tests for commonly used drugs in oral fluids including THC, which is the major psychoactive component in cannabis. Although the device may excel at identifying presence of THC, it does not address the issue of impairment specially when studies do not support a strong correlation between THC levels and impairment. Currently, there's an urgent demand for a device to assist Canadian police officers in their drug impairment investigations which is where PredictMedix is likely to fill an unmet need.
Many able-bodied people take for granted the fact that they can easily perceive the world around them and move and communicate freely. AI for accessibility is enabling people with visual impairments to more easily search websites containing images, read handwritten text or describe scenes and images on a screen. AI also helps narrate the world around them and helps them "see" people, objects and scenery. Predictive text enables people with limited mobility to type words quicker and easier than ever before. Speech-to-text services help people with hearing disabilities by generating closed captions, enabling them to more easily communicate.
'Star Trek' star Nichelle Nichols has reportedly been diagnosed with dementia. "Star Trek" star Nichelle Nichols has reportedly been diagnosed with dementia. According to Nichols' conservatorship documents, obtained by TMZ, the actress, 85, has "moderate progressive dementia." Per the documents, Dr. Meena Makhijani, who's been treating Nichols for the last several years, says she has a "major impairment of her short-term memory and moderate impairment of understanding abstract concepts, sense of time, place and immediate recall." "There's no apparent impairment," however, when it comes to Nichols' "long-term memory, orientation of her body, comprehension, verbal communication, concentration, recognition of familiar people, as well as ability to reason logically and plan actions," the report claimed, citing the documents.