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 »

National Alzheimer’s Telethon is a First

Last night NBC aired the first Together for Care telethon for Alzheimer’s Disease. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) conceived and launched this effort, which helps raise awareness of Alzheimer’s at a national level. Celebrity appearances and performances by Ellen DeGeneres, Morgan Freeman, Naomi Judd, Mario Lopez, Kirk Morrison, Donald Trump, Kris Allen, Brett Eldridge,… Read More »

Taking Steps Now to Combat Alzheimer’s Disease

A common theme I heard at the Society for Neuroscience conference last week was the easy availability of preventive steps that can be taken now to reduce the rate of new Alzheimer’s cases. Two of these preventive steps that have strong research evidence are lifestyle choices: 1. Moderate aerobic exercise (30 minutes) a few times… Read More »

Rep. Patrick Kennedy Speaks at SfN Conference on Brain Health & TBI

The Society for Neuroscience is conveniently holding its annual conference here in my hometown of San Diego this week. Earlier this afternoon, US Representative Patrick Kennedy gave a very honest and personal speech on how brain illnesses have affected his family, including his father’s (Senator Ted Kennedy) death from brain cancer, his own struggles with… Read More »

Test Standards for Cognitive Screening in Health Care

(Author note: This article discusses cognitive screening for memory complaints and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) that can lead to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.) A final thought on the National Academy of Neuropsychology conference last month: health care reform and Medicare fee reductions are fundamentally changing the way cognitive testing and assessments will be… Read More »