Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggested in an interview on Thursday that leaders in the government who are of an advanced age should undergo a “cognitive test.” [Read more…] about Revisiting the question: Should older politicians, and other leaders, undergo cognitive testing?
A leading group of medical experts on Tuesday declined to endorse cognitive screening for older adults, fueling a debate that has simmered for years.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said it could neither recommend nor oppose cognitive screening, citing insufficient scientific evidence of the practice’s benefits and harms and calling for further studies.
The task force’s work informs policies set by Medicare and private insurers. Its recommendations, an accompanying scientific statement and two editorials were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The task force’s new position comes as concern mounts over a rising tide of older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and [Read more…] about To screen, or not to screen (for dementia), that is still the question
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Why you may be misunderstanding the mental test that Trump passed with flying colors (The Washington Post):
“On its surface, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test seems pretty easy. Can you draw a three-dimensional cube? Can you identify these various animals? Can you draw a clock? Can you repeat back the phrase, “The cat always hid under the couch when dogs were in the room”?…The point is not that the test is easy. The point is that an inability to complete aspects of the test reveals different types of mental decline. [Read more…] about On the value and the limits of cognitive screening, as seen in President Trump’s examination
“A resident-run initiative in a geriatric clinic clearly shows that when screening for cognitive impairment becomes a priority, to screen all patients opens the door toward timely intervention and optimized outcomes in this high-risk population [Read more…] about Trend: Increased access to cognitive screenings in primary care settings serving older adults
Cogniciti Announces Collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation to Evaluate Online Cognitive Screening to Identify Individuals at Risk for Dementia (Baycrest press release):
“Cogniciti Inc., the Toronto-based developer of a 20-minute online cognitive test for adults concerned about memory changes, today announced a collaboration agreement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to evaluate online screening strategies for early identification of dementia.
The collaboration, facilitated by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will explore the potential for [Read more…] about Cogniciti and Johnson & Johnson Innovation partner to improve cognitive screenings for early identification of dementia
FDA Has Cleared New Cognitive Screening Tests (Alzforum):
“The Food and Drug Administration recently cleared, meaning it deemed safe, two tests that may help doctors screen for cognitive decline. One is the so-called Cognision system from Neuronetrix, a company based in [Read more…] about Next: FDA-cleared mobile brain monitoring tools to detect cognitive impairment