In the News: Machine learning helps science tackle Alzheimer's

Seniorlink's George Kassabgi, EVP and Chief Product Officer, was quoted in CBS Money Watch. The article, "Machine learning helps science tackle Alzheimer's" discusses how machine learning and artificial intelligence are helping detect Alzheimer's sooner. 

Via Money Watch:

"In the case of Alzheimer's, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping scientists pinpoint risks faster than ever, a key development because earlier detection is becoming more urgent amid an aging population.

The National Institutes of Health estimates 2.6 million to 5.1 million Americans 65 and older may have Alzheimer's disease. The annual cost of caring for them is pegged at more than $100 billion and growing. Prevalence of the disease may triple by 2050 if interventions aren't found, the NIH estimates.

Put another way: Every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's dementia. By 2050, it will be every 33 seconds, according to a 2017 report from the Alzheimer's Association.


Before cloud computing, "you would purchase a server with some computer power, let's say for $20,000, spend days setting it up, then run your analysis on the data," said George Kassabgi, chief product officer at Seniorlink who has advised on AI and the health industry. Now, in minutes, researchers and others can run analyses and sort and eliminate data faster. "The cost of the latter is likely less than $100," he said.

Still, he warns there's "a lot of hype" around machine learning and AI, and it pays to be cautious when looking at steps in research."

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