Category Archives: Cognition

New Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Fee Schedule Improves Primary Care Reimbursement

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new, final Medicare fee schedule for 2017. The new fees will pay primary care clinicians for work that was previously not compensated or undercompensated – including patients with chronic illnesses and those with … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Devices for Assessing Cognitive Function After Brain Injury

This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two computerized cognitive tests that can assess cognitive skills immediately following a suspected brain injury or concussion. The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and ImPACT Pediatric are the … Continue reading

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Brainwaves and Text Messaging

New research published in Epilepsy and Behavior shows that sending text messages on a smartphone can change the rhythm of brain waves.  People communicate increasingly via text messaging, though little is known on the neurological effects of smartphone use. A … Continue reading

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New Classification Scheme for Alzheimer’s Biomarkers

The American Academy of Neurology is proposing a new classification scheme to describe Alzheimer’s biomarkers. Biomarkers have become an essential component of Alzheimer disease (AD) research and also in cognitive aging research. A number of current issues suggest that a new … Continue reading

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Does Sports Concussion Impact Men and Women Differently?

Research presented at AAN Sports Concussion Conference this month,  suggests that concussion may not significantly impair symptoms or cognitive skills for one gender over another, however, women may still experience greater symptoms and poorer cognitive performance at baseline testing. [More…]

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ADHD Drug Can Improve Cognition in Menopause

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in Psychopharmacology showed that menopausal women who took lisdexamfetamine showed improvement in both subjective and objective measures of cognitive decline that are often experienced at menopause. [More…]

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Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Aging

The Institute of Medicine has recently released a report entitled Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. This special report addresses “the emerging concept of cognitive aging, the importance of this issue for the nation’s public health, and … Continue reading

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Walnuts May Improve Memory

According to researchers at UCLA, eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed [More…]

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Many Dementia Patients Never Screened

A study by researchers from the University of Michigan found that despite clear signs that their memory and cognitive abilities have diminished, more than half of seniors with these symptoms have not seen a doctor about them. The study, published … Continue reading

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Sense of Smell May Predict Risk for Cognitive Decline

Two studies presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AICC) in Copenhagen this month demonstrated that a decrease in the ability to identify odors was significantly associated with loss of brain cell function and progression to Alzheimer’s disease. There is growing evidence … Continue reading

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