Research Improves Early Detection of Dementia?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –Physicians have no reliable way to predict which people with mild cognitive impairment are likely to progress to dementia, until now. Johns Hopkins researchers may have developed a model that could help determine whether memory loss in older adults is benign or a stop on the way to Alzheimer’s disease.
In a proof-of-concept study, researchers analyzed records of 528 people age 60 and over, who referred to the Johns Hopkins Medical Psychology Clinic for cognitive testing as part of a dementia work-up between 1996 and 2004. The results were compared to those of 135 healthy adults who participated in a study of normal aging. Both groups completed tests of memory, attention, language, processing speed, and drawing abilities.
By grouping the patients into cohorts based on the severity of their dementia, the researchers found a trend in the test scores that seems to mimic the deterioration of an individual’s scores over time.
For more information, go to: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/johns_hopkins_research_may_improve_early_detection_of_dementia
SOURCE: Neuropsychology, November 2013
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