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Welcome to the COGselftest blog. Here Dr. Dougherty, along with the COGselftest team, discusses current topics in Alzheimer's Disease, thoughts on new research, treatment options and insights into the early screening for Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment.

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Exercise for Prevention

A study calculated that an intervention that would delay the onset of AD by 12 months would lead to 9.2 million fewer cases of AD globally. Research has estimated that reducing inactivity by 10-25%…

Secondary Dementias

Secondary dementias, for the most part, begin with disease outside the nervous system.  They are not associated with a degenerative process like Alzheimer's disease in which the pathology…

Medicare's New Annual Wellness Visit Promotes Cognitive Screening

In what is both breaking and outstanding news for the future of Alzheimer's disease, Medicare has announced that, beginning January 1, 2011, all beneficiaries must be screened for cognitive…

Do You Need a Personal Brain Trainer?

Dr. Michael Merzenich, a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research and founder of Posit Science, makes a compelling case for having one in this Q&A session for the Sharp Brains Summit. The…

Alzheimer's Incidence to Nearly Double Every 20 Years

As a physician I cannot stress enough the urgency for having your cognitive function screened regularly.  So instead today, I will let this CNN article on latest report for future Alzheimer's…

U.S. Life Expectancy Highest Ever

Just last week a friend and I were discussing a time in the early 1900's when the average U.S. life expectancy was 45. How amazing it is then, that the latest CDC report just announced the current…

Early Alzheimer's can erode driving skills

  In this article from USA Today, new research indicates that the impact of even very early Alzheimer's can have a negative effect on driving skills, contrary to what was earlier…

Driving and Alzheimer's Disease - When It's Time To Hand Over Keys

The caregivers of my patients frequently ask me about the safety of their loved ones getting behind the wheel after receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). This is a sensitive topic for…

"There's nothing wrong with me!" Caring for a loved one who is unaware they have a problem.

Anosognosia is a term used to describe a person who is unaware of or denies the existence of their condition or problem. Some researchers estimate 20% of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients suffer from…

Speaking of Prevention - Funding for Drugs Discussion from The Tangled Neuron

Here is an overview of some of latest updates out of the Alzheimer's Study Group (ASG) regarding funding for AD preventive drugs, from The Tangled Neuron: Two Different Approaches to Alzheimer's…

Is Forgetting the New Normal?

I ran across an article from Time Magazine from earlier this year, which is packed with great information.  It's a wonderful overview on how memory is stored, why we forget and what we can do to…

Is This Normal?? Know the Symptoms

Last week I drove to the mall, did some shopping and then momentarily forgot where I parked my car. A lot of people tell me they do this and are concerned about it. Given that you park your car in…

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, has become better understood in recent years. It is broadly considered to be a transitional stage between normal, age-related cognitive changes and dementia. We…

Introduction to COGselftest by Dr. Dougherty

As a neurologist of 25 years, I have specialized in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) for the last ten. I currently follow over 1,500 AD patients in my practice and have personally experienced the immense…

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