Smartphone App Detects Early-Onset Dementia Accurately, Researchers Say

A smartphone app with cognitive tests designed to identify early indicators of frontotemporal dementia has been developed by researchers. Getty Images/Igor Alecsander

Ten to twenty percent of the more than 55 million persons with dementia worldwide suffer from frontotemporal dementia (FTD).

An accurate FTD detection smartphone app has been developed by researchers using cognitive tests.

Researchers have found that the app can identify early indicators of FTD in individuals who do not yet exhibit symptoms but have a family history of the disorder.

Recently, University of California, San Francisco researchers created a smartphone app with cognitive tests that may benefit these clinical studies by serving as an alternative to in-person consultations.

According to the study, which was published in JAMA Network OpenTrusted Source, those without symptoms who have a family history of FTD may be able to identify the condition's early warning signs with the help of a smartphone app.