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Researchers Developing Cognitive Stress Test For Alzheimer’s Disease

April 4, 2014

One of the main challenges to detecting the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults is distinguishing between normal memory loss that comes with a healthy but aging brain and actual neuron cell loss caused by the disease. Being able to make this distinction as early as possible would help physicians and researchers make […]

Subjective Memory Complaints Linked To Cognitive Decline

April 1, 2014

As the search for an Alzheimer’s disease treatment goes on, researchers are trying to understand if early subjective reports of memory problems from older adults are early signs of actual cognitive decline. Earlier research has shown that seniors that complain about memory issues have a higher risk of progression to mild cognitive impairment and, eventually, […]

Turning Back The Clock On Alzheimer’s Disease – Cogstate And The A4 Study

March 24, 2014

Researchers are trying to get ahead of the Alzheimer’s disease (AD) diagnostic curve by looking for ways to identify, and potentially treat, its underlying causes long before cognitive decline begins to emerge. One target in this search is the presence of amyloid deposits in the brain, a form of plaque that is thought to disrupt […]

Two New Alzheimer’s Disease Studies Show Sensitivity Of Cogstate Tests

March 10, 2014

Every month brings new research support for the central role that beta-amyloid (Aβ) plaques play in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the human brain.  Breaking off of a larger protein from the membrane surrounding nerve cells, fragments of Aβ stick together and form clumps that degrade the communications between neuron cells.  As the clumps […]

Groton Maze Learning Test Found To Be Accurate Indicator For Executive Function In Schizophrenia Patients

February 24, 2014

One of the brain’s most important roles is coordinating our daily life through an ongoing series of activities including decision making, planning, reasoning and problem solving. This collection of tasks, known as executive function, is called on when a new situation requires a novel response. It is often this set of cognitive abilities that breaks […]

Controlling Anxiety Symptoms May Slow Cognitive Decline

February 21, 2014

While Alzheimer’s disease is best known as a memory degradation disease, there are often additional symptoms that result from abnormally high levels of beta amyloid, the plaque in the brain that often leads to the disease. Behavioral issues like anxiety, irritability and even depression can affect a patient’s quality of life, sometimes even before a […]

Cogstate Researchers Find That CPAL Test Not Sensitive To Alzheimer’s Treatment

February 17, 2014

In the ongoing search for effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, medical researchers need to deal with the ever changing characteristics of each patient’s condition.  Finding a potential therapeutic during a clinical trial requires a cognition metric that can be sensitive to the daily cognitive fluctuations of each patient.  Designing, selecting and administering the right test […]

Demand Grows For Pediatric Cognition Safety Testing Using Cogstate System

February 12, 2014

It is a dilemma faced by parents, physicians and researchers. To find new treatments or medicines for sick children, these same kids often need to be part of clinical research trials. Pharmaceutical companies are required by regulators to collect data on children, and their challenge is to find ways to minimize the time and complexity […]

Gene Variant Linked To Memory Decline In Alzheimer’s Patients

February 3, 2014

As the search for the origins of Alzheimer’s disease intensifies, there is mounting evidence that our genes have a direct effect on our risk level.  While we can’t change our inherited gifts, new research that identifies specific genes may provide an advance warning system that can help us watch for early signs of cognitive decline. […]

Research Confirms Effectiveness Of New Test For Alzheimer’s Disease

January 14, 2014

For patients over the age of 50, a routine physical exam at the doctor’s office typically covers a wide spectrum of medical biomarkers with one glaring exception, cognitive health. Unless there has been unusual mental changes or challenges in their daily life, tests of a patient’s attention, memory or brain processing speed are usually not part […]

Children’s Oncology Group Relies On Cogstate For Pediatric Cognition Testing

January 3, 2014

When attacking a disease as diverse and complicated as cancer, it is critical to have an equally diverse but coordinated research collaborative working together. When the patient is a child, the urgency for a treatment or cure increases substantially.  This was the motivation for four pediatric oncology research groups to voluntarily join together back in […]

A Problem Worth Solving – An Interview With David Dolby

December 13, 2013

For Ray Dolby, solving a problem was the ultimate adventure.  Attacking it from different angles, he would immerse himself in the journey until he finally found an answer.  But as any pioneer knows, there are wrong turns and dead ends along the way.  The key, according to Mr. Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories and creator […]

LifeLines Longitudinal Health Study Adds Cogstate Testing

December 4, 2013

Unlike other medical conditions that get progressively worse with time, slow cognitive degradation can be difficult to recognize in our busy lives.  Is our memory worse than it was five years ago? Can we make decisions quickly and accurately?  How might other wellness factors or lifestyle choices influence our brain’s health?  For researchers to study […]

Axon Sports And GSK Human Performance Lab Announce Strategic Partnership

December 3, 2013

Axon Sports, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cogstate, has today announced that it has formed a partnership with the GSK Human Performance Lab, a world-class research facility focused on elite human performance. Under the agreement, Axon Sports has made available its suite of advanced cognitive training programs for use by the facility. Additionally, Axon Sports, […]

Internet-Based Cognition Testing Proves Effective For Alzheimer’s Research

November 12, 2013

One of the many mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease is trying to determine when early symptoms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) transition into a full onset of the disease.  The sooner that potential patients can be found, the sooner they can be part of advanced clinical trials which may offer a path to treatment and, possibly, […]

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