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Submission + - Detection of Parkinson's by Voice Analysis 1

lee1 writes: "The early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can slow down or even stop
its progression, but established methods, such as brain
imaging, are expensive, and inappropriate for screening large
populations. Prof. Shimon Sapir at the University of Haifa has developed a new technique
for early diagnosis that is reliable, non-invasive, simple, and inexpensive.
The technique merely requires the patient to read a few simple
sentences, which are acoustically analyzed by a computer program.
The analysis detects subtle abnormalities in speech that are present
in the early stages of the disease but are not perceptible to listeners.
This appears to be an application of the author’s technique for
extracting vowel sounds from short phrases and analysing them to detect nervous system disorders."
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Detection of Parkinson's by Voice Analysis

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  • This discovery with acoustically analyzed data appears to be a very cost, energy, and time efficient method for reliable detection. It would be very interesting to know whether this technology could be applied towards other diseases as well. Especially being the resource limited environment we live in, this method could have a very prominent impact in the convergence of the technology and health fields. Hats off to Prof. Sapir!

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