Tag Archives: Cognitive Assessment

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease 20 Years Before Symptoms Appear

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine just published the results of a study that looked at a number of cognitive changes and biomarkers that can be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease long before symptoms appear – in some cases up to 20 years before symptom onset. The study, published […]

CANTABMobile for Memory and Dementia Screening

Cambridge Cognition announced the general release of a new iPad application for the detection of early memory impairment that is common in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. As we reported last September, the iPad application (named CANTABmobile) is based on the Cantab PAL test, a visual working memory test. The CANTABmobile memory test […]

Testing for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, is an intermediate stage condition between normal cognitive functioning and Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia: Signs of MCI include a “change in cognition” — this typically means memory problems, but it can also include planning and reasoning skills that could negatively affect higher […]

Early Screening and Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is key part of NAPA 2025

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft road map on February 22 that lays out the national strategy to address the rapidly rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. There are over 5.4 Million people in the US living with dementia today, and this is expected to […]

The Benefits of Annual Screening for Cognitive Health

Routine health screenings are now common for a variety of conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and glaucoma. Many health insurance plans, including Medicare, provide no cost or low cost health screenings to their members. The main intent behind these preventive health screenings, or wellness screenings, is to provide an early warning system for both consumers and […]

Virtual Reality and Avatars for Cognitive Testing and Rehabilitation

The Health 2.0 conference in San Francisco and related HealthCamp SFBay “unconference” were both forward-looking meetings on where health care will be heading in the next several years. One of the themes I want to pull out and examine in more detail is the use of virtual reality (VR) and avatars for a wide range […]

Privacy and Ethics Challenges on Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

A timely article in the medical journal Neurology speaks to some impending issues that millions of patients and physicians will be facing over the next decade, namely the possible early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in the pre-clinical phase, before functional cognitive impairment is present. New computerized cognitive testing tools and experimental biomarker tests are bringing […]

Moving Cognitive Screening into the Doctor’s Office

A recent article on a new iPad health care application to screen for early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease points to how innovation is beginning to drive research lab tools for cognitive testing into the physician’s office. Developed by Cambridge Cognition, a commercial spin-off from Cambridge University, the screening application is based on Cantab PAL, a […]