The IBM uses AI-based health prediction skills to overcome the challenge of Huntington’s disease.
The tech firms and CHDI Foundation have worked together on an artificial intelligence model which can predict the patients ‘symptoms and, most importantly, how these symptoms will progress.
Why is AI in medicine important?
AI in medicine is important because it can potentially optimize the care treatment of chronic disease patients. Doctors can suggest precision therapies for complex illnesses and improve subject enrollment into clinical trials.
The team used brain MRI scans for the AI research, using white matter signals to help the system calculate how motor and cognitive performance can change over time.
The current knowledge of the disease only reveals that the signs occur usually between 30 and 50 years of age, not what symptoms and how they develop.
The researchers are “optimistic” that a single MRI scan might generate more precise estimates of functional declines in several categories. It would not lead to a better treatment, but could help patients with Huntington’s disease.
It may also support scientists for selecting candidates for clinical trials based on their disease status. This could to lead to long-term solutions.
Other Reasons Why AI in Medicine is Important:
- Keeping abreast of mountains of data.
- Providing contextual relevance.
- Improving clinical reliability.
- Helping physicians communicate objectively.
- Reducing errors related to human fatigue.
- Decreasing mortality rates.
- Diminishing medical costs.
- Identifying diseases more readily.
How to Find Symptoms for Huntington’s Disease
- Mood Swings, and Depression
- Problems With Memory
- Unsteady Walk
- Difficulty in Speaking and Swallowing
- Weight Loss
How to Find Early Signs for Huntington’s Disease
- Small Changes in Coordination and Clumsiness
- Slight Signs of Mood and Emotional Change
- Lack of Focus, Concentration Problems. Example, at Work
- Lapses in Short-term Memory
How to Diagnose for Huntington’s Disease
The doctor will look at the patient and ask about the past and symptoms of your family. Imaging scans, such as a CT or a MRI scan, may be used to detect changes in the brain structure of the patient, and to rule out other conditions. Genetic tests may be prescribed in order to confirm the diagnosis.
How to Treat Huntington’s Disease
HD’s incurable at the moment. However some symptoms can be treated with medication and counseling. There is no treatment that can slow it down.
Fast about Huntington’s Disease
- Huntington’s disease attacks on nerve cells gradually over time.
- It happens when a faulty gene makes an abnormal version of the huntingtin protein.
- Early symptoms are clumsiness, and unusual behavior.
- There is currently no cure, but medications may help relieve symptoms.