Biomarker Tests for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Researchers from McGill University in Montreal have published an interesting study on testing DHEA levels in blood samples as a method to screen for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. DHEA is a naturally occurring steroid that is present in the brain. The results of the study indicate that blood drawn from Alzheimer’s patients had… Read More »

The Link Between Sports Concussions and Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Neuroscience researchers from Boston University recently confirmed that former NFL player Dave Duerson suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a serious degenerative brain disease. Duerson committed suicide in February, leaving behind a note (and sending a text message) for his family, asking that his brain be donated to the CSTE Brain Bank, also known as… Read More »

Improved Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Disease

Yesterday the National Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Association released much needed and long overdue updates for diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Chief among the revised guidelines are three distinct disease stages: 1- Preclinical AD: no symptoms, but some changes in brain biomarkers. 2- Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) due to AD: measurable memory impairment, but little… Read More »

Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A recent initiative from the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force highlights an important issue affecting millions of Americans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI): the lack of long-term TBI rehabilitation care for most people, including those with health care insurance. A letter from the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius… Read More »

Concussions in School and Pro Sports – An Update

This week I had the opportunity to ask Dr. David Darby, Chief Medical Officer of CogState, for his views on the hot topic of concussions in school sports. Several states are in the process of enacting legislation that call for formal evaluation of an athlete’s cognitive health after a concussion on the playing field. The… Read More »

Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Includes Cognitive Screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released rules for the new Annual Wellness Visit that is now part of Medicare. Included in this preventive health care visit to the physican’s office is “detection of any cognitive impairment that the individual may have”. **New: Download the MyBrainTest Consumer Fact Sheet on cognitive screening… Read More »

Weighing the Benefits of Early Screening for Alzheimer’s

With the first of 70 Million boomers in the United States turning 65 next year, the topic of memory screening tests for Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive impairment is becoming more commonplace. An added push also comes from new Medicare rules for an “Annual Wellness Visit” that (in theory) includes screenings for cognitive impairment.… Read More »

New Avenues for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

This New York Times article provides a good synopsis on new research efforts to find a method for curing Alzheimer’s, or at least radically slowing down the disease progression. The new research avenues fall into into two main categories: 1. Slow beta amyloid clearance in older brains. The historical research focus on overproduction of amyloid… Read More »