Today, as we hear of celebrities with Parkinson's, like Michal J. Fox, coming out of retirement and going back to a new television show, we can feel the hope of new cures and new research. If we discover new cures, then early diagnosis becomes even more important.
One of the projects begun last year is well underway to develop an early system of diagnosis for Parkinsons. Dr. Max Little and other researchers at MIT began the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative last year and easily met their goal for 10,000 volunteers. Here is the description of their project.
Parkinson’s affects 6.3 million people on the planet. One of the things that can help is early detection.
Dr. Little and his team have developed a diagnostic voice pattern recognition that can identify the biomarkers in the voice patterns with normal human speech. This voice pattern change is the same kind of disturbance that affects the limb movement.
The mathematical algorithms in the voice patterns are actually detectable up to 99% accuracy in some of their testing. High frequency monitoring of the 10,000 test voice samples was completed over the past year, and now the results are being analyzed. Each speaker called in for a 3-minute call and made the required sounds needed for the test. People with and without Parkinson’s called in to help. The goal of 10,000 test subjects was completed earlier than they projected.
What will be the result? It is hoped that there will be a way to diagnose over the phone, even a smartphone, without trips to the doctor’s office or expensive tests an amazing accuracy for prediction of the disease or where you are in the development of the disease. Stay tuned this year as they complete the analysis and share the results. The goal is an economical and massive scale diagnosis system.
In the meantime, you can watch one of our favorite celebrities, Michael J. Fox, who is symbolic of the success of optimistic hope as he returns to television while we await a future cure, on his new weekly television show. It is hoped we can detect it earlier through Dr. Little’s efforts. It is also hoped that we can cure it soon, thanks to the efforts of Michael’s The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. https://www.michaeljfox.org/
Read and view the Parkinsons's Voice Initiative detection project information yourself:
Jaleh Neshat, Home Care Assistance, Raleigh, NC, where the focus is on The Balanced Care Method™ for home healthcare or care services in North Carolina. Read more how-to information on care in the home on the website.