Defining Mild Cognitive Impairment

At the annual National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) conference in Vancouver this week, Mark Bondi from UCSD & VA San Diego provided a very informative update on defining and diagnosing mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Why all the attention on MCI? Because MCI can be a portal to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The conversion… Read More »

Home Use Tests for Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Several readers have asked about cognitive tests for memory loss that can be used in the home. There are several paper-based tests that can provide a “first pass” screening for memory impairment. If the test scores indicate memory problems, then it’s a good idea to follow up with your physician for more detailed testing. Computer-based… Read More »

The US Military’s Definition of Mild TBI

The Department of Defense recently released a guide for primary health care providers on treating service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI). One thing I found interesting was DoD’s definition of “mild TBI”, which includes a loss of consciousness for up to 30 minutes and post traumatic amnesia for up to 24 hours. In other… Read More »

Cognitive Testing in the Workplace

(Author note: This article refers to basic cognitive testing of workers by companies and employers. Personality tests, aptitude tests, IQ tests, integrity and other similar tests are outside the scope of this article.) The growing prevalence of computerized cognitive testing allows a wide range of employers and organizations to test large numbers of workers in… Read More »

Early Testing Options for Memory Loss and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

The Alzheimer’s Association released its updated report on the cost of global dementia care, with a whopping headline number of $604 Billion. The report also predicts an 85% increase in dementia care cost during the next 20 years, which means over $1 Trillion by 2030. The developed world will absorb much of this price tag… Read More »

The Reality of Brain Injuries in Professional Football

A sports commentary from the LA Times shows the NFL’s half hearted approach to implementing new guidelines for handling concussions on the field. This $7.8 Billion industry has some interesting management and policy choices to make in the next few years. The NFL’s concussion management policies run counter to its own business interests, and there… Read More »

Cognitive Testing and Screening in Health Care

Cognitive testing in primary care settings like a doctor’s office or community health clinic is still a rare occurrence. While some health care practices are beginning to take notice of the need for preventive cognitive screening for conditions like memory loss and mild cognitive impairment (which could be the early stages of Alzheimer’s), most medical… Read More »

Portable EEG as a Diagnostic Screening Tool for TBI

Interesting work being done with field-ready, portable EEG systems that are being tested as TBI triage units in hospital emergency departments.  The software algorithms that drive these EEG systems are becoming so sophisticated that a lightweight, simple EEG test is nearly as accurate as a traditional (and expensive/heavyweight) CT scan for TBI related cognitive impairment.… Read More »