A New Easy-To-Use Tool Could Determine A Person's Risk Of Getting Alzheimer's

A team of researchers and clinicians have developed a new simple scoring system which they hope can help GPs better determine a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

The scoring system is part of a new tool called QuoCo which combines existing testing methods and then looks at them over a period of time.

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This contrasts with other tests which look to directly diagnose the disease through an analysis of blood samples or brain scans.

“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., Université Laval and CHU de Quebec. 

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