Lifewatch: Alzheimer's

ATLANTA -- By the year 2040, an estimated 81 million people around the world will have Alzheimer's.

There is no cure for the disease, but researchers say a new device could make it easier to catch and treat it.

Researchers at Emory University and Georgia Tech developed a contraption called detect.

Using a helmet equipped with a computer and eye-level screen, the patient is put through a fast-paced test to measure brain power.

The test uses shapes, pictures, and words to gauge reaction time and memory.  Those are all functions that can signal early Alzheimer's when they're impaired.

The goal is to detect the disease early on.

Findings from a pilot study of almost 400 people show the 10 minute test was just as accurate as other more complicated procedures that take an hour or more.

Researchers say the new detect system could be available as early as this fall.

Reported by Kristy Ondo