Dr. Ryan D’Arcy from Surrey’s HealthTech Connex, in partnership with researchers from SFU, has developed a new technology that they have dubbed to be a “gamer-Changer” when it comes to brain health. The new framework that they have scientifically developed includes new software and terminology that is designed for the analysis of complicated brainwaves. The team accomplished this feat through the reverse engineering of the measurement of vital signs that used blood pressure.
Last Thursday, it was announced that a grant of $550,000 was to be provided by the CVS Health Foundation to the Alzheimer’s Association. The money was given to support a new program that was created to help clinicians with the diagnosis and assessment of disease, while simultaneously educating them on the available care and support programs for families after they have received a diagnosis. Since 2016, the CVS health foundation has donated more than $1 million to the Alzheimer’s association.
The Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry published the study “Marriage and risk of dementia: systematic review of meta-analysis of observational studies,” and concluded that married people are at low risk of developing dementia. People who remain single for the duration of their lives were found to have a 42% greater risk of developing dementia, and people who are widowed have a 20% high risk. The risk of developing dementia for single people has recently been lowered to 24%.
On Wednesday, December 6th a music device designed specifically for persons living with dementia was examined by CBC News. University of Guelph’s computer science student, Frazer Seymour, developed The Adaptable Music Interface (AMI). AMI is a device that makes playing songs, skipping songs, and adjusting music on a tablet easier. The prototype uses multiple adjustable buttons that change in size and colour to make controlling music straightforward and easier for persons living with dementia and other neurological conditions.
The development of a new tool to be used by doctors has Canadian researchers estimating that the easy identification of adults who are likely to develop dementia will be soon common practice. Named QuoCo, (abbreviated from Cognitive Quotient) this tool will give doctors the ability to check memory and cognitive performance of persons believed to be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and plot their progression. This is done to see if the individuals tested are seeing changes comparable to the healthy changes experienced by the brain.