April 29, 2018 5:00 pm
Updated: April 29, 2018 5:06 pm

New app could help N.B. doctors take the guesswork out of diagnosing dementia

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A professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Moncton says a computer application she developed could help doctors better predict a patient’s risk of developing dementia.

Sarah Pakzad’s Neurocognitive Frailty Index would help healthcare professionals walk patients through tests that would assess risk factors for dementia.

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At the end of the test, the app would produce a percentage probability of the patient developing dementia.

Pakzad spent the last seven years working on the index, which draws information from a database of more than 25,000 patients over the age of 50.

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She says the program is more that 90 per cent accurate, and can help ease some of the stress on New Brunswick’s medical system.

She hopes to finish the design within the next year.

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