The Brink: Predicting the Likelihood of Alzheimer’s Disease with AI

Excerpt from The Brink | By: Andrew Thurston | June 25, 2024 | Photo courtesy of iStock/dem10

Trying to figure out whether someone has Alzheimer’s disease usually involves a battery of assessments—interviews, brain imaging, blood and cerebrospinal fluid tests. But, by then, it’s probably already too late: memories have started slipping away, long established personality traits have begun subtly shifting. If caught early, new pioneering treatments can slow the disease’s remorseless progression, but there’s no surefire way to predict who will develop the dementia associated with Alzheimer’s.

Now, Boston University researchers say they have designed a promising new artificial intelligence computer program, or model, that could one day help change that—just by analyzing a patient’s speech.

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