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850,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia

An ambitious project has been launched to develop a wearable device that can detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer & # 39; s Research UK led the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases [Edon].

It will first use artificial intelligence to analyze data from ongoing research on disease.

The data will be used to design prototype devices within three years.

Wearable devices collect a variety of data, including gait, heart rate, and sleep patterns, and hopefully by analyzing this data, researchers can begin to map signs of the disease years before symptoms appear.

"Memory Test"

This global initiative has been funded by technology founder Bill Gates who has been turned into a philanthropist.

But it also forms part of the UK government's broader ambitions to use artificial intelligence and data to help better and prevent chronic diseases.

Initially, EN will work with the UK's Turing Institute to track data from ongoing research to track Alzheimer's disease.

Professor Chris Holmes, director of the institute's program, said: "Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform learning opportunities for large-scale data research, such as Eaton, by integrating information from multiple sources.

"We will use artificial intelligence to provide new insights into early signals of disease by combining digital data measurements with traditional resources such as brain imaging and memory tests."

"Digital fingerprint"

According to the Alzheimer's Research UK, there are currently 850,000 people in the UK with dementia.

Globally, this number is expected to increase from 50 million in 2018 to 152 million in 2050.

"Developing digital fingerprints that can be detected using wearable technologies such as mobile apps or smart watches will provide a low-cost way to identify those most vulnerable Sick person.

"Identifying the earliest changes in these diseases will change today's research efforts, giving us the greatest opportunity to stop these diseases before the symptoms of dementia begin to become people's lives."

Volunteers wearing the device and sharing their data will come from another ambitious health project in the UK, the accelerated disease detection programme.

Launched last year as part of a government mission, the plan aims to use data and AI to transform the diagnosis of diseases, with the goal of recruiting 5 million volunteers.

As well as Alzheimer's research, those who signed the agreement will contribute to cancer and heart disease research.

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