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Brain Health!

Brain Health – it’s up to you!

Alzheimer’s disease is an international challenge! Scientists throughout the world are working at an accelerated pace, focused on identifying the causes and testing different treatment options.

Alzheimer’s disease was first identified in 1906 (over 110 years ago), actually discovered by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Since then the science community has created microscopes, imaging devices and other tools to identify the pathology of the disease. They are still trying to definitively answer the questions – when does it begin, where does it begin, how does it begin, how does it spread throughout the brain, who is susceptible? We have answered parts of these questions – but we still need much more information. Many clinical trials are underway focused on obtaining answers.

And as scientists continue to work on these challenges, what should you do in the mean time? First, take care of your overall health. That seems like a simple answer, but for some individuals it can be challenging. If we remember a few general things like; “what’s good for the heart is good for the brain” and add “continue learning”, “stay engaged socially”, and “minimize stress” – we are doing the right things for overall better brain health. It is never too late to adopt good brain health habits!

It’s up to you!

Exercise for Prevention

A study calculated that an intervention that would delay the onset of AD by 12 months would lead to 9.2 million fewer cases of AD globally. Research has estimated that reducing inactivity by 10-25% could prevent between 380,000 to one million cases of AD worldwide. Based on published reports, if the cost of care for an AD patient is $10,000 more per year than a patient without AD, we would save 3.8 to 10 billion dollars a year.

 

Despite the benefits of exercise, research suggests that the subpopulation of older adults actually exercise less. In general, health-promoting behaviors tend to increase with age, with the exception of exercise. Different factors as to why this age group is more sedentary include: lack of self-efficacy, inadequate education, poor support, limited access to recommended exercise and abnormalities of mobility.

Isolation, cost, lack of socialization as well as poor physician emphasis are also factors. Exercise is a cost effective, non-pharmaceutical treatment to delaying the onset of dementia and improves outcomes. A critical challenge is how to help older adults overcome obstacles that prevent them from developing a healthy exercise habit. One major obstacle is a lack of motivation for exercise.

A growing amount of research reveals that an “enriched” environment may be crucial to improving brain health. “Enriched” simply means that influences such as physical exercise and intellectual stimulation can affect your brain’s functioning. Findings from brain health studies at UC Berkeley have corroborated the importance of exercise on brain health.

It all makes perfect sense, as the brain is a vital part of the body. Since it is comprised of cells nourished by your blood, your heart’s health also plays an important role in your brain’s wellbeing. Regular physical activity improves cerebral blood flow, which promotes better mental functioning. So, it’s easy to see why both physical and intellectual exercises would help improve brain functioning.

Medinteract and Summit Medical Group Announce Rollout of Early Cognitive Impairment Screening Test

Medinteract’s COGselftest™ to be deployed through Summit Medical Group to improve early identification of cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease

 

Knoxville, TN – November 5, 2012 – Medical Interactive Education, LLC (Medinteract), a cognitive wellness company, and Summit Medical Group, a leading primary care provider, announced today that the Medinteract COGselftest (CST™) will begin to rollout in Summit locations throughout East Tennessee.   The CST, a computer-based, clinically-validated cognitive wellness screening tool for consumers, will roll out this fall to Summit’s 220 physicians and more than 70 nurse practitioners in 58 sites serving approximately  300,000 patients in East Tennessee.  The CST has been shown to detect cognitive impairment in its earliest stages and is uniquely capable of differentiating the various forms of disease, including Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia.  The test is available on portable computing devices, including the Apple iPad, can be self-administered, and takes about eight minutes to complete.

 

“Summitshares our commitment to improving the identification and treatment of cognitive loss,” said Medinteract founder and president Andrew Dougherty. “We believe that early screening in the primary care setting is the key to improved management and treatment of cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.  We are providing our partners with the first clinically-proven, electronic test capable of differentiating the various forms of dementia so that effective treatment plans can be administered to delay onset of symptoms.  We are excited to announce our collaboration withSummitand look forward to continuing to deploy the CST with our primary care physician group partners.”

 

“Providing innovative, quality disease screening and diagnostic services to our patients is a priority forSummit,” commented Jack Kam, Vice President of Ancillary Services and Business Development at Summit Medical Group.  “As the first major primary care provider organization to offer the CST,Summitcontinues to deliver on that priority.  We tested the CST through a 6-month pilot program and were impressed with the quality and depth of information that the test results provide our physicians, as well as the ease-of-use of the test. We look forward to working with Medinteract to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s and related dementias.”

 

The CST is the first test to screen all six cognitive domains, which is critical to accurately detect the various forms and degrees of impaired cognition and tailor an appropriate management plan for the patient.  The test is reimbursable by Medicare in a physician’s office, takes less than 10 minutes, and provides an immediate and objective cognitive score that can be tracked over time.  In peer-reviewed research and ongoing clinical trials, the CST demonstrates over 98% accuracy rates in identifying cognitive impairment.

 

Dr. John Dougherty, Chief Medical Officer of Medinteract, stated, “The goal of the CST is to accurately identify those patients with early cognitive impairment.  Through early and accurate identification, one can delay symptom progression  – if one can simply delay symptoms by five years with appropriate medication and exercise, one can reduce the number of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. by six- to-eight million.”

 

About Medinteract

Medinteract was founded in 2004 by Dr. John Dougherty,  a neurologist specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease, with the purpose of improving the identification and treatment of cognitive impairment.  The company’s CST is the first rapid, clinically-validated electronic test that differentiates the various forms of dementia.  The test is available through Medinteract’s rapidly growing physician network and will soon be available directly to consumers online.  Please visit www.cogselftest.com for more information.

 

About Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group was formed in 1995 by 37 primary care physicians, and has since grown to comprise 220 physicians at 58 practice locations in 11 East Tennesseecounties.  Summitemploys over 1,100 employees, has four ancillary imaging centers, three after-hours Summit Express Clinics, four physical therapy centers, and a central laboratory that runs 4.7 million tests annually. Summitprovides healthcare services to an average of 81,000 patients each month and is dedicated to offering value-based care coordination and improved clinical outcomes through the region’s largest Accountable Care Organization, Summit Health Solutions. For more information about Summit Medical Group, visit www.summitmedical.com.

 

Contact Information:

Medical Interactive Education                                 Summit Medical Group

Andrew Dougherty                                                        Jennifer Burke

President                                                                            Corporate Communications Manager

(877) 259-7353, Ext 1                                                  (865) 584-4747, Ext. 245

adougherty@medinteract.com                                  jburke@summithealthcare.com

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Medinteract Co-Founder – Speaks at Knoxville Event

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds of people were at Sevier Heights Baptist Church Thursday to hear what a leading Alzheimer’s specialist had to say about the degenerative brain disease.

Dr. John Dougherty, with Cole Neuroscience Center at UT Medical Center, not only talked, he listened as people of all ages shared their stories about life with a loved one struggling with the mind-robbing disease.

Knoxville News Sentinel – Hundreds turn out to hear Alzheimer’s Expert

WATE TV Knoxville, TN – Alzheimer’s Expert Shares His Knowledge at Knoxville Event