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Bill Gates Gives $50 Million to Combat Alzheimer's

U.S. News

Gates says the first treatments for the disease might not be feasible for a decade or more and would initially be expensive. He says the Gates Foundation might consider how to expand access in poorer countries when treatments are developed.


85-Year-Old Woman With Alzheimer's Missing, Considered Endangered

International Business Times

An 85-year-old woman from Cleveland has gone missing from her home. Police said that the woman is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Harriet Banks was last seen driving away from her home on Empire Avenue near St. Clair Avenue, police said, adding that she is considered endangered. Banks was last seen driving a purple Kia Forte with an Ohio vanity license plate that reads "HPRUPLE." Police gave Banks' details saying she is 5-foot-1-inch and 115 pounds.


New AI tool can predict Alzheimer's risk

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Toronto: A team of scientists, including one of an Indian-origin, has successfully trained a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithm that may soon help doctors to make accurate predictions regarding cognitive decline leading to Alzheimer's disease and provide intervention. The team, from the McGill University in Canada, designed an algorithm that learns signatures from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), genetics, and clinical data. This specific algorithm can help predict whether an individual's cognitive faculties are likely to deteriorate towards Alzheimer's in the next five years. "At the moment, there are limited ways to treat Alzheimer's and the best evidence we have is for prevention. Our AI methodology could have significant implications as a'doctor's assistant' that would help stream people onto the right pathway for treatment," Mallar Chakravarty, assistant professor at the University's Department of Psychiatry.


Artificial Intelligence Can Detect Alzheimer's At 95% Accuracy

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Researchers have developed software that detects Alzheimer's using artificial intelligence (AI) at 95% accuracy. Stevens Institute of Technology researchers have developed software that detects subtle changes in Alzheimer's patients' languages. Also, it can explain the diagnosis and allows physicians to re-check the findings. "This is a real breakthrough," said Stevens Institute of Technology lead researcher K.P. Subbalakshmi adding that we are "opening an exciting new field of research." Subbalakshmi is the founding director of the Stevens Institute of Artificial Intelligence as well as an electrical and computer engineering professor at the Charles V. Schaeffer School of Engineering.


9 ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's

Los Angeles Times

The statistics on women and Alzheimer's disease are startling. Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's. Two-thirds are women, according to the Alzheimer's Assn. Women in their 60s are more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's over the course of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. Once women develop mild cognitive impairment, their cognitive decline is two times faster than men.