Sunday, October 25, 2015

Can a virtual reality maze predict Alzheimer's?

 Nearly 44 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease, or related dementia. Can you imagine if a virtual reality test could predict Alzheimer's before the disease even starts? A study reported in Science journal suggests that this may indeed be possible. As someone whose grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's disease, I can say that the possibility of predicting such a disease and being able to prevent it would be a very big deal. How do you think this could affect our understanding and treatments of Alzheimer's and dementia? Article

5 comments:

  1. This could help people prepare for future mental disorders and possibly even take steps to prevent such a thing from happening...? I am not so sure how Alzheimer's and dementia work, but I think that if we understand what goes on in the brain BEFORE the disorder itself hits, we can better know how to prevent it.

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  2. This could help you if are aware of the issue and you take steps to prevent it. However if theres no real cure this might just be a sort of heads up in the future. I don't know if you try and prevent it if you can cure yourself of it or just delay it

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  3. I think that this virtual reality test is just the first step to completely curing Alzheimer's for everyone. Scientists need to do more research on this to so all the steps for said cure can be achieved.

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  4. If the virtual reality test can detect Alzheimer's than it could be a big step in future reteach for Alzheimer's. However it might just end up being a early warning system and we may never be able to cure Alzheimer's due to it being a very complex disease. #pessimistic

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  5. Virtual reality can lead to new and exciting discoveries in these areas which impact upon our day
    to day lives.

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