(CBS News) Could a test using only a pen and paper be enough to diagnose Alzheimer's disease?
Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center believe that their Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE) test can help medical professionals find out a person's cognitive ability early so they can have a chance to intervene before they develop the degenerative brain disease.
"What we found was that this SAGE self-administered test correlated very well with detailed cognitive testing," Dr. Douglas Scharre, director of the Division of Cognitive Neurology and head of the Memory Disorders Research Center at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, said in a press release. "If we catch this cognitive change really early, then we can start potential treatments much earlier than without having this test."
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