Outsmarting Disease — With Artificial Intelligence

More and more, 67-year-old Washington resident Lon Coleman feels like he’s wandering through a fog. He walks into the living room and forgets why, or makes a phone call only to blank on whose number he dialed. An author of three books who once wrote up to five poems a day, now the lines that spring to his mind often slip away as soon as he puts pencil to paper. Sometimes the fog clears, and when his memory comes back, “it’s amazing,” he says. “Sometimes it doesn’t, I have to admit.” Coleman is among the estimated 46.8 million people worldwide with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Twice a day he takes drugs that slow, but don’t stop, the disease’s progression. Meanwhile, a cure continues to elude scientists. But…


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