A Simple Test Of Memory Can Detect Disease At An Early Stage Of Alzheimer’s – Part 1 of 3
A Simple Test Of Memory Can Detect Disease At An Early Stage Of Alzheimer’s. A researcher has developed a compendious reminiscence test to help doctors determine whether someone is suffering from the early memory and reasoning problems that often signal Alzheimer’s disease. In a study in the journal Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, neurologist Dr Douglas Scharre of Ohio State University Medical Center reports that the investigation detected 80 percent of people with mild thinking and memory problems. It only turned up a meretricious positive – wrongly suggesting that a person has a problem – in five percent of people with normal thinking.
In a press release, Scharre said the test could succour people get earlier care for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. “It’s a recurring problem. People don’t come in early enough for a diagnosis, or families generally resist making the appointment because they don’t want confirmation of their worst fears. Whatever the reason, it’s woebegone because the drugs we’re using now work better the earlier they are started”.
The test can be taken by hand, which Scharre said may help people who aren’t pleasant with technology like computers. He’s making the tests, which take 15 minutes to complete, available free to health workers at http://www.sagetest.osu.edu. SAGE is a brief self-administered cognitive screening what’s-its-name to identify Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and early dementia. Average time to complete the test is 15 minutes. The total possible points are 22.
So “They can have recourse to the test in the waiting room while waiting for the doctor. Abnormal test results can serve as an early warning to the patient’s family. The results can be a signal that caregivers may have occasion for to begin closer monitoring of the patient to ensure their safety and good health is not compromised and that they are protected from financial predators”.