The development of a new tool to be used by doctors has Canadian researchers estimating that the easy identification of adults who are likely to develop dementia will be soon common practice. Named QuoCo, (abbreviated from Cognitive Quotient) this tool will give doctors the ability to check memory and cognitive performance of persons believed to be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and plot their progression. This is done to see if the individuals tested are seeing changes comparable to the healthy changes experienced by the brain. The establishment of their definition of healthy or in their terms “normal” was derived from data collected form 8000 participants whose cognitive performances were tracked using a Mini Mental State Examination. (MMSE) for dementia screening. With QuoCo they are able to create charts akin to growth charts used by pediatricians. However, unlike in pediatrics, physicians would use the data collected to plot an individual’s cognition and determine their risk level based on the differences in curvature between theirs and the average calculated previously. The tool was seen to be 80% effective in a new study written by Dr. Laforce and his team at the Université Laval and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
AUTHOR(S): Angela Mulholland
DATE RETRIEVED: Friday, December 8th, 2017