Monday, June 25, 2012
Yes, Your Voice can spot Parkinson's 86 Percent of Times.
According to BBC Reports, at TEDx Edinburgh yesterday, mathematician Max Little launched a new project that uses a speaker’s voice to help diagnose Parkinson’s disease. What makes the mathematician's algorithm a breakthrough is, there are currently no blood tests which can help doctors test for the disease. And what makes Little's Parkinson's voice test remarkable is that his algorithms can currently detect the symptoms of the disease with 86% accuracy.
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson's disease (also known as Parkinson disease, Parkinson's, idiopathic parkinsonism, primary parkinsonism, PD, or paralysis agitans) is a degenerative disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.
Parkinson's disease most often develops after age 50. It is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the elderly. Sometimes Parkinson's disease occurs in younger adults. It affects both men and women.
In some cases, Parkinson's disease runs in families. When a young person is affected, it is usually because of a form of the disease that runs in families.
Parkinson's develops gradually and often starts with very slight tremor in one hand, is notoriously hard to diagnose.
You can Help Little perfect his Algorithm:
Little says that Voice however, is affected as much by Parkinson’s as limb movement, and that is why he used voice to develop a diagonosis for Parkinson's.
You can Help Little perfect his Algorithm. If Little manages to improve the accuracy of his algorithms, then he hopes to make his tools available to doctors within the next two years.
To Help Little, Develop A Test For Parkinson’s Based On Voice Recognition: Make A Three-Minute Call. Yes all that is demanded from you is a Three minute Call to an automated system that will ask you to answer a few questions and repeat a few sentences.
Besides in the U.S. (1-857-284-8035), the team is also offering call-in numbers in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Canada and the UK.
In total, the initiative is hoping to record about 10,000 voices.