New Test Helps
A new test called CST, or computerized self test, developed at the University of Tennessee, shows great promise in detecting cognitive abnormalities associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The test, which proved to be 96 percent effective at revealing cognitive impairment, is not only valuable but is easy for medical professionals to administer. In fact, it can be given in the offices of most primary care providers. CST was developed by Rex Cannon, an adjunct research assistant professor of psychology at UT Knoxville, and Dr. John Dougherty, an associate professor in the UT Graduate School of Medicine in part to be administered in primary care offices where doctors often don’t have specific training in recognizing Alzheimer’s and other diseases associated with cognitive impairment.