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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… Read More »

New Poll Reveals Strong Consumer Interest in Screening for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

A new survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and Alzheimer Europe points to a strong consumer desire for “predictive testing” – the promise of a medical screening test that can gauge the likelihood of a person declining into Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) as they age. Over two thirds of respondents said that they… Read More »

The Stages and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia – Part One

In April the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and Alzheimer’s Association released revised criteria and guidelines for diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Spread over several documents, the revisions are written in the usual impenetrable language of medical research journals – which makes sense, since the target audience is the medical research professional community. Here at MyBrainTest… Read More »

Spinal Fluid Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study published in Neurology points to some interesting results with measuring protein levels in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The research effort looked at levels of amyloid precursor protein (APPB) in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and found that the patients with high APPB levels at the beginning of the study period had a… 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 »

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 »

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 »