Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis in Just Five Minutes?
British Medical Journal Calls ‘Test Your Memory’ Powerful and Valid
By BRANDY ZADROZNY
June 10, 2009
A new and improved quiz is able to accurately detect Alzheimer’s disease, in just five minutes, researchers say.
Researchers find more accurate test to detect Alzheimer’s disease.The British Medical Journal published a study on Tuesday about the new self-administered written test called "Test Your Memory" (TYM). Researchers say it is a far more accurate than any other screening test currently used to detect Alzheimer’s disease.
Click here to find out how to take the quiz and test your mind.
The study claims the test works so well because of the minimal time it takes to complete, the range of cognitive functions it tests, and the specificity with which it can detect even mild cases of the disease.
Administered to 540 subjects with no history of neurological disease, 139 patients with diagnosed Alzheimer’s and 31 patients with non-Alzheimer’s degenerative dementias, TYM’s questions measured orientation, the ability to copy a sentence, semantic knowledge, calculation, verbal fluency, similarities, naming, visuospatial abilities, and recall. The ability to complete the test was also scored.