Alzheimer’s disease is an ongoing problem for anyone who’s been diagnosed with the condition. Faced with a steadily deteriorating ability to function mentally as their cognitive functions fail, many patients are looking for help anywhere they can find it. Unfortunately, medical research is still unable to solve the disease; and sometimes even diagnosing it can be a serious challenge. Diagnosis is the first step to treatment, even if the treatment will only be to manage, rather than cure, the condition. A new tool, QuoCo, may assist doctors in being better able to diagnose Alzheimer’s not only earlier, but more accurately as well.
A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at QuoCo to evaluate its results in practice. They were encouraging. There are standard prognosis charts used in other medical conditions, and that’s the tact QuoCo took when it outlined its procedure. By tracking normal curves in the average, healthy, patient; doctors have a tool to evaluate possible Alzheimer’s in patients that might not necessarily trip other alarms. Dementia in all the various forms is a growing concern in medicine, and by being able to intervene medically when the diseases are at an earlier stage, prognosis is better and patients have an enhanced chance to retain more quality of life.
Early detection is critical to effective Alzheimer’s treatment; QuoCo helps doctors detect! #HealthStatus
- 1Tracking cognitive performance in patients can assist doctors in better diagnosing dementia diseases.
- 2QuoCo is a new tool that aids doctors in evaluating cognitive processes against known baselines to better highlight discrepancies.
- 3Detecting dementia diseases early is better for patients as it gives doctors more time to begin treatment.
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