King-Devick Test helps screen for cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease

For the first time, researchers have determined that a brief, simple number naming test can differentiate between cognitively healthy elderly individuals and cognitively impaired people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), including those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as well as those with AD dementia. The study appears online in the journal Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, and was conducted by researchers at Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC), with collaborators from Harvard Medical School and New York University School of Medicine.

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