Saturday 20 October 2018

How your phone could help to spot the early signs of dementia

How you use your mobile phone could reveal early symptoms of dementia. Stock Image: PA
How you use your mobile phone could reveal early symptoms of dementia. Stock Image: PA

Anita Singh

How you use your mobile phone could reveal early symptoms of dementia, according to researchers at Oxford University.

They contend that the length of your text messages and the speed with which you find a phone number can be important warning signs and believe that using artificial intelligence to monitor smartphone usage will identify abnormalities long before doctors can.

It could one day replace the "imprecise and ineffective" current methods of diagnosing the disease, which involve putting patients through a short memory test, they said.

Their research showed that, on average, patients wait at least eight months after first noticing symptoms before visiting a GP.

Dr Ivan Koychev, a clinical lecturer in old age, said AI could play a vital role. "It can record how quick you are when you are looking for somebody's name; how good you are at picking up the words that you need in a text message; how long are your text messages? What is the vocabulary that you use? That, we know, is one of the first things to go in Alzheimer's because vocabulary gets smaller." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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