Dementia

The latest from Cogstate, leaders in optimizing the measurement of cognition

Study Suggests Dementia After CABG Surgery Is Not Related To POCD

May 28, 2016

Over 15 years ago, a groundbreaking study found that over 40% of patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery still showed signs of cognitive impairment five years later. Grouped under the blanket diagnosis of postoperative cognitive disorder (POCD), some researchers question whether the surgery itself caused the impairment or the underlying cardiovascular […]

Self-Administered Cogstate Computerized Cognitive Test Results Correlated with Known Risk Factors Associated with Cognitive Function

January 14, 2016

As the percentage of the global population over the age of 65 continues to rise, diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease are also quickly growing. While 5.1 million Americans in this age group have already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, that number is predicted to grow by 40% by 2025, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With the […]

New Study Links Rilapladib To Cognitive Improvement

September 13, 2015

“The finding that rilapladib improved cognition in this group is very exciting” In a much anticipated research update, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has released the results of a two-year study of rilapladib as a possible treatment for dementia. Using tests for executive function and working memory from Cogstate, GSK researchers were able to observe cognitive improvement in […]

Study Suggests Face-to-Face Conversation Improves Cognitive Skills In the Elderly

September 5, 2015

“One integral component of being socially active is the ability to interact with others” One of the important lessons learned from years of research on the aging brain is the “use it or lose it” practice of staying cognitively active. Challenging and exercising your brain by reading, playing an instrument, learning a language and interacting […]

Baby Boomer Brains Need Physical And Cognitive Training

March 17, 2015

The largest generation of people born in U.S. history is reaching several milestones of aging. Last year, the youngest of the Baby Boomer generation, the 77 million people born between 1946 and 1964, turned 50 while the oldest are just a year away from age 70. Over the next 15 years, about 8,000 Americans per […]

Connection Found Between Anxiety, Amyloid and Cognitive Change

February 2, 2015

As we grow older, most of us have plenty on our minds that can cause some level of anxiety at times.  Worries about our family and career are part of a normal life.  However, when those feelings reach a certain level, they may combine with other changes in the brain to accelerate cognitive disorders such […]

REM Sleep Disorder May Predict Future Cognitive Impairment

September 28, 2014

For most of us, our nighttime dreams make for fun recall and interpretation in the morning. The vivid, movie-like scenes include our movement through a virtual world once we reach the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep.  So that we don’t actually act out those dreams physically, our brains normally put our muscles into […]