London: A simple ten-minute memory test will effectively screen patients for early signs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, allowing faster treatment.The CANTABmobile test distinguishes between normal forgetfulness and the more dangerous memory lapses that can signal dementia.The test has been made available for use in GPs’ surgeries, according to the Daily Mail.Early diagnosis would allow patients to receive drug treatment when it would help them the most, letting them work and live independently for longer.Barbara Sahakian, the Cambridge University professor who helped develop the test, said that to catch people before the brain became too badly damaged, the computer program should be used to screen everyone over 65.Using a touch-screen computer or iPad, patients complete six tasks in which they memorise the location of an object and then recall the position a few second later.
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