From the South China Morning Post: How a 14-year-old Hongkonger built an app to help Alzheimer’s patients connect with their loved ones . “At the age of 14, the Hong Kong-born [Emma] Yang has already created her own mobile app for Alzheimer’s patients, which has impressed the likes of Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates and Alibaba Group Holding executive vice-chairman Joseph Tsai. The Timeless app, which Yang spent two years developing and refining, comes with several core features. It uses an artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition system, from Miami-based start-up Kairos, to help Alzheimer’s patients identify people in photos and remember who they are.” Thank you Emma Yang.
KTVZ: New free resource for Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. “Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can be a challenge, but AARP and the Alzheimer’s Association have announced an enhanced online tool to make it easier to find information and resources. The Alzheimer’s Association and AARP announced they are joining forces to extend the reach of the Community Resource Finder, an online database connecting families with local resources to help address concerns and navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s, dementia and aging.”
EurekAlert: Largest genetic database on Alzheimer’s disease now re-open for business . “The National Institute on Aging Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS) will begin making large-scale DNA sequence data available to investigators. The goal is to make Alzheimer’s disease-relevant genetic data available to as many investigators as possible to accelerate research. The data will be processed by the Genomic Center for Alzheimer’s Disease (GCAD) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and all sequence and phenotype data will be integrated from different sources, in a process called harmonization, so that investigators can immediately begin analyses.”
EurekAlert: Facebook app offers opportunity to help unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers via friendsourcing. “The app was developed as part of an investigation of a peer support group intervention in which emotional and informational issues that arose in the support group were pushed to the caregiver’s Facebook friends as questions. The Facebook friends then had the opportunity to enlist as a member of a support network by answering the support group questions. Researchers said that when those emotional and informational questions were answered, the caregivers experienced a feeling of increased support.”
University Herald: Oregon State University Study: Social Media Creates Stigma and Stereotypes [Video]. It’s not just a video; there’s also an article. You don’t have to watch a video to get anything out of this. “With the help of a software to analyze comments and sentiments posted on the social media, a group of researchers have found that more than half of the tweets by private Twitter account users contained stigma. This is especially true when pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease and the people who are suffering from this condition.”
A new crowdsourcing initiative wants you to play a game and fight Alzheimer’s. “The game, called Stall Catchers, was developed by the Human Computation Institute, in collaboration with UC Berkeley and other institutions, as part of the EyesOnALZ citizen science project. Stall Catchers will allow participants to look at movies of real blood vessels in mouse brains and search for clogged capillaries, or stalls, where blood is no longer flowing, Previous research suggests that capillary stalls could be a key culprit in Alzheimer’s disease.”
Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are looking for volunteers to help them test an app for caregivers of Alzheimers patients. “Because the study takes place online, participants may reside anywhere. There is no cost to participate, and those selected will use a social microvolunteering web app that was specially designed for use in Facebook for this study. Participants will meet in small Facebook groups to decide on caregiving questions that they would like answered through the use of the web app.”