Artificial intelligence developed by IBM research and Phizer has been able to predict the onset of Alzheimers up to 7 years earlier than human doctors can currently diagnose, with a success rate of 70%.
By being able to diagnose earlier and indicate the likelihood of someone getting the disease it can prevent delays in diagnosis as many with Alzheimer's begin to show symptoms up to 10 years prior to getting a diagnosis.
The technology uses voice samples of people describing a line drawing scene of children baking cookies with a parent to predict if the patient describing the image will be likely to get the disease. The AI spots changes in grammatical errors and different sentence structure which may be an indication of cognitive decline prior to onset of the disease.
This could be a ground breaking innovation to help with the condition as it is estimated that 1 in 14 of the UK population aged over 65 will develop Alzhiemers.