Melbourne: Australian scientists are a step closer to developing a simple online test to detect the early onset of Alzheimer`s disease.
Researchers of University of Queensland said they have identified how the Alzheimer disease impairs a part of the brain undertaking navigational tasks and the findings could help in developing the online tests to identify patients at risk.
According to ABC report, Elizabeth Coulson said researchers may be able to use the findings to develop online tests to identify patients at risk.
"We can test mice in mazes and we can do those same sorts of mazes in humans currently in a real space version - a big tent," she said.
"That`s not so easy to do but our collaborators have made this online or on computer version that very much mimics this real space version," she added.
Coulson said having a scientifically validated test administered via the internet could be the way of the future.
"Not just for neurological diseases but for other diseases as well," she said.