Detecting dementia with automated speech analysis

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WinterLight Labs is developing speech analyzing algorithms to detect and monitor dementia and aphasia.  A one minute speech sample is used to determine the lexical diversity, syntactic complexity, semantic content, and articulation associated with these conditions.

Clinicians currently conduct similar tests by interviewing patients and writing their impressions on paper.

The company believes that their automated system could inform clinical trials, medical care, and speech training.

If the platform could be used with mobile phones, the potential for widespread early detection is obvious.  Unfortunately, detection, even early detection, does not at this point translate into a cure.  ApplySci looks forward to the day when advanced neurodegenerative disease monitoring will be used to track progress toward healthy brain functioning.


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