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Video game helps researchers determine Alzheimer's risk

Techstination feature for Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.   I’m Fred Fishkin.    Researchers in the U.K. have been using a video game to help determine whether people are at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.   Dr. Michael Hornberger at the University of East Anglia says the results of testing with the game, titled Sea Hero Quest, have shown it to be an effective tool…

“And really the purpose of the game was really to collect large samples of people, how they navigate.  So from our research we know that navigation, subtle navigation changes, are some of the first signs for Alzheimer’s disease.  Many, many years even before memory problems occur.”

The doctor says early detection can help future outcomes.  Deutsche Telekom created the game for the researchers.   There is more information at

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