If one can put off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease three to five years, it may change the basic epidemiology of the disease in a very important way,
Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) May 29, 2013
The first interactive, clinician-verified cognitive test that identifies changes potentially associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia with 96 percent accuracy† now is available to the public online at CognitiveTest.com.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death for those age 65 and older.
Yet, in the primary care setting, Alzheimer’s disease is not diagnosed in 60 percent of cases. Today, most general practice physicians are concerned with so many ongoing medical problems they have not been able to include routine cognitive testing in their scope of practice.
"Because we are beginning to see a shift in this practice, we wanted to develop a modern test that is computer-based, internet-accessible and can be taken by an individual themselves independently with rudimentary computer skills,” said John H. Dougherty, Jr. M.D., Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Medical Director.
Taking less than 10 minutes to complete, the COGselftestTM makes it easy for people to understand and monitor their brain health. While there is no cure today for Alzheimer’s, lifestyle changes can delay the onset of serious cognitive decline.
A leading neurologist, Dougherty has specialized in Alzheimer’s disease for 18 of his 25+ years in the field.
Dougherty’s research showed a series of disease patterns for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. These patterns allow individuals and their doctors to identify cognitive changes that can lead to critical gains in early treatment.
Unlike existing paper and pencil tests, the COGselftest screens all six cognitive domains—from visual- spacial, executive function and verbal fluency to memory, attention and orientation—pinpointing those that may have early warning signs of cognitive impairment.
“If one can put off the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease three to five years, it may change the basic epidemiology of the disease in a very important way,” said Dougherty. He and his medical team currently follow more than 3,000 patients.
Individuals receive a confidential, detailed report that compares their score to an age-matched control group. People can use the COGselftestTM to monitor their brain health and identify problems that can be shared with their physician.
The screening also can be an important evaluation tool for someone concerned about a family member or friend.
Cost for a one-time use is $24.95, three-time use is $49.95. The cognitive test includes Doughtery’s e-book, “Better Brain Health,” a 65-page guidebook that helps people understand and improve their brain health.
For more information, go to http://www.CognitiveTest.com.
† John H. Dougherty Jr., Rex L. Cannon, Christopher R. Nicholas, Lorin Hall, Felicia Hare, Erika Carr, Andrew Dougherty, Jennifer Janowitz and Justin Arunthamakun. The Computerized Self Test (CST): An Interactive, Internet Accessible Cognitive Screening Test For Dementia. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 2010; DOI: 10.3233/JAD-2010-1354
mi-COG, LLC & CognitiveTest.com develop easy-to-use cognitive tests validated by clinicians, create awareness of the factors that contribute to brain health and provide resources to manage and improve brain function.
Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., mi-COG, LLC is a company whose members are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives through the timely evaluation and management of cognitive changes associated with mild cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The company provides cognitive tests and educational materials, consulting and management services.
For further information, contact:
Walker Buckley, Chief Development Officer