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What Ronald Reagan's speech patterns can reveal about Alzheimer's disease

from Medical Daily via Raw Story

Toward the end of his presidency, Ronald Reagan, once famed as "The Great Communicator," began losing the luster on his oratory prowess. In November of 1994, five years out of office, doctors diagnosed him with Alzheimer's disease. A new analysis suggests the signs may have been evident even before he left the White House. The findings hail from Arizona State University and are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. They give credence to a method of disease detection that relies on analyzing speech patterns for irregularities, such as the repetition of certain phrases or forgetting them altogether. more


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