Alzheimer, the IPad makes the diagnosis

by Beatrice Credi - 2011.09.07
Alzheimer, the IPad makes the diagnosis
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Just 10 minutes to recognize the early signs of Alzheimer. How? With a new memory test on IPad. It is called Cantab Pal and is now available to all UK doctors to diagnose the early stage of this disease, mild cognitive impairment that traditional tests cannot detect. Patients asked classic questions like "Who is the Prime Minister?” does not capture, for example, the degree of Alzheimer in people who are well educated. With the risk of identifying the disease only when it has already caused serious brain damage. With the iPad, however, patients are asked to remember the position of some objects on the screen and keep in mind different symbols flashing on the digital pad. The test then gets progressively more difficult. A much-needed tool. Especially because, currently, only 40% of the 750 thousand  British patients with dementia receiving some form of help or care.

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