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Parkinson’s diagnosis by typing on a keyboard

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How changes in our typing can help detect neurodegenerative diseases

Currently, most diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease don’t occur until five to 10 years after initial onset. However, researchers at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology believe they have created an effective, non-invasive tool for detecting diseases such as Parkinson’s years earlier. By using an algorithm that spots subtle changes in keystroke patterns, the team behind neuroQWERTY hopes to jumpstart the detection of neurodegenerative disorders and, in doing so, accelerate treatment for sufferers.

Producer: Melanie Gonick

Website: MIT Media Lab

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