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New Easy-to-Use Tool Can Determine Alzheimer's Risk

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A new tool called the QuoCo (cognitive quotient) is simple to use and tracks cognitive performance in adults. It can help doctors spot people who may be developing Alzheimer's or another form of dementia.

"Similar to 'growth charts' used in pediatrics, the QuoCo cognitive charts allow physicians to plot cognitive performance of any patient based on age, education and score on the Mini-Mental State Examination, and track cognitive change over time," says Dr. Robert Laforce Jr. of Canada's Université Laval and CHU de Québec-Université Laval.

"This would allow physicians to intervene and potentially treat an older adult who 'fell off' the curve," he said.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's, and the number could rise to 16 million by 2050. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Although there is no cure, potential treatments are being tested, and improvements in some risk factors, such as diet and exercise, can help delay onset.

The authors hope that the QuoCo tool will be used by healthcare professionals, especially family physicians, to monitor cognitive decline in patients before irreversible damage occurs.

"Dementing illnesses have reached pandemic levels," write the authors. "Early detection of cognitive impairment remains our best approach to disease management before irreversible brain damage occurs."

The study was published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Several drugs have been approved to improve cognition in Alzheimer's patients. Researchers at Ontario's St. Michael's Hospital compared the safety and effectiveness of the four most widely prescribed drugs to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer's dementia: donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine and memantine.

They discovered that donepezil was likely the most effective medication for Alzheimer's dementia across all effectiveness outcomes, including cognition, behavior, and overall health.

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