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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892809/civil-capacity-in-transition-age-youth-with-history-of-central-nervous-system-compromise-a-review
#1
Jacobus Donders
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to review various aspects of decision-making capacities in children and adolescents with a history of central nervous system compromise over the course of development and into transition to adulthood. METHOD: The literature on consent capacity in various domains is reviewed, with reference to state-specific legal definitions and requirements, and illustrated with a case example. CONCLUSIONS: Neuropsychologists who use an evidence-based assessment approach, and who can clearly communicate their findings in reference to specific probate court standards, can make a unique contribution to the legal system while serving their clients who are transitioning from adolescence into adulthood...
November 28, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875931/early-numeracy-skills-in-preschool-aged-children-a-review-of-neurocognitive-findings-and-implications-for-assessment-and-intervention
#2
Kimberly P Raghubar, Marcia A Barnes
OBJECTIVES: The goals are to (1) provide a review of the typical and atypical development of early numeracy; (2) present what is known about the neurocognitive underpinnings of early numeracy; and (3) discuss the implications for early assessment and intervention. METHOD: Studies on the development of typical and atypical early numeracy are reviewed with a particular focus on longitudinal findings including those from our work on spina bifida myelomeningocele. Implications of this research for assessment are presented...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871218/the-validity-of-the-brain-injury-cognitive-screen-bics-as-a-neuropsychological-screening-assessment-for-traumatic-and-non-traumatic-brain-injury
#3
Frances L Vaughan, Jo Anne Neal, Farzana Nizam Mulla, Barbara Edwards, Rudi Coetzer
OBJECTIVE: The Brain Injury Cognitive Screen (BICS) was developed as an in-service cognitive assessment battery for acquired brain injury patients entering community rehabilitation. The BICS focuses on domains that are particularly compromised following TBI, and provides a broader and more detailed assessment of executive function, attention and information processing than comparable screening assessments. The BICS also includes brief assessments of perception, naming, and construction, which were predicted to be more sensitive to impairments following non-traumatic brain injury...
November 22, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871202/corticobasal-syndrome-due-to-sporadic-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-a-review-and-neuropsychological-case-report
#4
David Andrés González, Jason R Soble
OBJECTIVE: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare, rapidly progressive, and fatal neurodegenerative disease with neuropsychological sequelae. This study highlighted a rare presentation of CJD (e.g. corticobasal syndrome [CBS]), reviewed updated diagnostic criteria and procedures for CJD (e.g. diffusion weighted imaging [DWI], real-time quaking-induced conversion [RT-QuIC]), and discussed differential diagnoses. METHOD: Case report methodology focused on a 68-year-old, Hispanic, right-handed man with 11 years of education...
November 22, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855547/traumatic-brain-injury-history-is-associated-with-earlier-age-of-onset-of-alzheimer-disease
#5
Christian LoBue, Hannah Wadsworth, Kristin Wilmoth, Matthew Clem, John Hart, Kyle B Womack, Nyaz Didehbani, Laura H Lacritz, Heidi C Rossetti, C Munro Cullum
OBJECTIVE: This study examined whether a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with earlier onset of Alzheimer disease (AD), independent of apolipoprotein ε4 status (Apoe4) and gender. METHOD: Participants with a clinical diagnosis of AD (n = 7625) were obtained from the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Uniform Data Set, and categorized based on self-reported lifetime TBI with loss of consciousness (LOC) (TBI+ vs. TBI-) and presence of Apoe4...
November 18, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852143/reliability-and-validity-of-the-cogstate-computerized-battery-in-patients-with-seizure-disorders-and-healthy-young-adults-comparison-with-standard-neuropsychological-tests
#6
Sara Fratti, Stephen C Bowden, Mark J Cook
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to examine the reliability and validity of two measures of learning and memory within the CogState Computerized Battery: the One Card Learning (OCL) and the Continuous Paired Associative Learning (CPAL). Comparison of various reliable change measures was also included to examine rate of correct cognitive change classification, in particular, when using the Within-Subject Standard Deviation (WSD). METHOD: The OCL and the CPAL tests were administered twice and compared to standard and experimental versions of conventional neuropsychological tests in patients with seizure disorders (Baseline n = 80, Follow-up = 54) and university students (Baseline n = 89, Follow-up n = 87)...
November 17, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852137/motor-sequencing-in-older-adulthood-relationships-with-executive-functioning-and-effects-of-complexity
#7
Madison A Niermeyer, Yana Suchy, Rosemary E Ziemnik
OBJECTIVE: Older adults' motor sequencing performance is more reliant on executive functioning (EF) and more susceptible to complexity than that of younger adults. This study examined for which aspects of motor sequencing performance these relationships hold. METHODS: Fifty-seven younger and 90 non-demented, community-dwelling, older adults completed selected subtests from the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System as indices of EF and component processes (CP; graphomotor speed; visual scanning; etc...
November 17, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846775/red-flags-in-the-clinical-interview-may-forecast-invalid-neuropsychological-testing
#8
Michael E Keesler, Kirstie McClung, Tawny Meredith-Duliba, Kelli Williams, Thomas Swirsky-Sacchetti
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating assessment validity is expected in neuropsychological evaluation, particularly in cases with identified secondary gain, where malingering or somatization may be present. Assessed with standalone measures and embedded indices, all within the testing portion of the examination, research on validity of self-report in the clinical interview is limited. Based on experience with litigation-involved examinees recovering from mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), it was hypothesized that inconsistently reported date of injury (DOI) and/or loss of consciousness (LOC) might predict invalid performance on neurocognitive testing...
November 16, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830627/cognitive-measures-in-the-canadian-longitudinal-study-on-aging
#9
Holly Tuokko, Lauren E Griffith, Martine Simard, Vanessa Taler
OBJECTIVE: We describe the implementation of cognitive measures within the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a nationwide, epidemiological study of aging, and relate CLSA Tracking cohort data (n over 20,000) to previous studies using these measures. METHOD: CLSA participants (aged 45-85, n over 50,000) provided demographic, social, physical/clinical, psychological, economic, and health service utilization information relevant to health and aging through telephone interviews (Tracking cohort, n over 20,000) or in-person (i...
November 10, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813459/marked-brain-asymmetry-with-intact-cognitive-functioning-in-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease-a-longitudinal-analysis
#10
Jared J Tanner, Shellie-Anne Levy, Nadine A Schwab, Loren P Hizel, Peter T Nguyen, Michael S Okun, Catherine C Price
OBJECTIVE: A 71-year-old (MN) with an 11-year history of left onset tremor diagnosed as Parkinson's disease (PD) completed longitudinal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological testing. MRI scans showed an asymmetric caudate nucleus (right < left volume). We describe this asymmetry at baseline and the progression over time relative to other subcortical gray, frontal white matter, and cortical gray matter regions of interest. Isolated structural changes are compared to MN's cognitive profiles...
November 4, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801620/preschool-self-regulation-predicts-later-mental-health-and-educational-achievement-in-very-preterm-and-typically-developing-children
#11
Lianne J Woodward, Zhigang Lu, Alyssa R Morris, Dione M Healey
OBJECTIVE: To examine the extent to which preschool emotional and behavioral regulatory difficulties were associated with an increased risk of later mental health and educational problems. Of particular interest was whether early regulatory abilities contributed to later risk once baseline child behavioral adjustment and cognitive function were taken into account. METHOD: Data were drawn from a prospective longitudinal study of 223 children born very preterm (VPT; <32 weeks gestation, n = 110) and full term (37-40 weeks gestation)...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762163/spontaneous-recovery-of-memory-functions-in-an-untreated-case-of-anti-nmdar-encephalitis-a-reason-to-maintain-hope
#12
Katherine McIvor, Perry Moore
OBJECTIVE: Anti N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis is an autoimmune disorder that was only fully discovered recently and neuropsychological outcome data remains sparse. We present the case of BA, a 19-year-old male, which illustrates the cognitive outcome in an untreated case over a time period of over 2½ years. METHOD: We conducted three cognitive assessments, including tests of memory and executive functioning, over this time period and considered the evidence for reliable change in memory function using the Wechsler Advanced Clinical Solutions (ACS) serial assessment package...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758163/embedded-performance-validity-tests-within-the-hopkins-verbal-learning-test-revised-and-the-brief-visuospatial-memory-test-revised
#13
R John Sawyer, S Marc Testa, Moira Dux
OBJECTIVE: Various research studies and neuropsychology practice organizations have reiterated the importance of developing embedded performance validity tests (PVTs) to detect potentially invalid neurocognitive test data. This study investigated whether measures within the Hopkins Verbal Learning Test - Revised (HVLT-R) and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test - Revised (BVMT-R) could accurately classify individuals who fail two or more PVTs during routine clinical assessment. METHOD: The present sample of 109 United States military veterans (Mean age = 52...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758158/concussion-like-symptom-reporting-in-non-concussed-adolescent-athletes
#14
Breton M Asken, Aliyah R Snyder, M Seth Smith, Jason L Zaremski, Russell M Bauer
OBJECTIVE: The primary goals of this study were (1) to report rates of concussion-like symptoms in healthy adolescent student athletes assessed using the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool, 3rd edition (SCAT3) at baseline, (2) to examine rates of psychiatric diagnoses in this population, and (3) to evaluate effects of baseline symptoms on SCAT3 cognitive and balance performance. METHODS: 349 adolescent student athletes (245 male) were administered the SCAT3 during pre-participation physical examinations...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750544/the-effect-of-task-complexity-on-planning-in-preterm-born-children
#15
John C Sheehan, Kimberly A Kerns, Ulrich Müller
OBJECTIVE: Planning is an important executive function (EF) skill that is fundamental to the capacity to achieve everyday goals that require a series of intermediate steps. This study examined the effect of preterm birth on planning skills in early and middle childhood using Tower problems that made different cognitive workload demands. METHOD: We administered a novel touchscreen Tower of Hanoi task (Monkey Tree Task; MTT) in three age cohorts (3, 6, and 9 years) to 485 children born between 2000 and 2010 (105 extremely low birth weight [ELBW], 248 late preterm [LP], and 132 term-born [Term])...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730849/ascertaining-educational-outcomes-after-assessment-in-children-with-learning-disorders
#16
Deborah P Waber, Ellen C Boiselle, Jonathan M Girard, Joseph L Amaral, Peter W Forbes
OBJECTIVE: To survey educational outcomes after an interdisciplinary, neuropsychologically based team assessment for learning disorders. METHOD: Parents of 137 children who underwent a comprehensive interdisciplinary neuropsychologically based assessment for learning problems completed an online survey one to four years later. Questions pertained broadly to school outcomes: positive or negative school responses, changes in special education services, and parental perceptions about the helpfulness of those services...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724157/neuropsychological-functioning-in-preschool-aged-children-undergoing-evaluation-for-organ-transplant
#17
Tanya N Antonini, Stacey S Beer, Tamir Miloh, William J Dreyer, Susan E Caudle
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to review the current literature on neuropsychological functioning in two groups of children requiring organ transplants (liver or heart) and present recent clinical data collected through the liver and cardiac transplantation programs at a large pediatric academic medical center. METHOD: Data included in this study came from 18 patients who completed evaluations for heart transplant (n = 8) or liver transplant (n = 10) between the ages of 2 and 6 years (inclusive)...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724156/practice-effects-and-longitudinal-cognitive-change-in-clinically-normal-older-adults-differ-by-alzheimer-imaging-biomarker-status
#18
Mary M Machulda, Clint E Hagen, Heather J Wiste, Michelle M Mielke, David S Knopman, Rosebud O Roberts, Prashanthi Vemuri, Val J Lowe, Clifford R Jack, Ronald C Petersen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine practice effects and longitudinal cognitive change in 190 clinically normal elderly classified according to a two-feature biomarker model for Alzheimer's disease. METHODS: All participants completed neuropsychological testing, MRI, FDG-PET, and PiB-PET at their baseline evaluation. We divided participants into four groups based on neuroimaging measures of amyloid (A+ or A-) and neurodegeneration (N+ or N-) and reexamined cognition at 15- and 30-month intervals...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707354/cognitive-screening-in-multiple-sclerosis-the-five-point-test-as-a-substitute-for-the-pasat-in-measuring-executive-function
#19
Sascha Hansen, Jana Muenssinger, Simona Kronhofmann, Stefan Lautenbacher, Patrick Oschmann, Philipp M Keune
OBJECTIVE: The Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT) is frequently employed to measure executive functions in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In the past, the PASAT has often been criticized because of its stressful and demanding requirements. Continuous utilization might also reduce its validity. The Five-Point Test (FPT) by Regard, Strauss, and Knapp ((1982) Children's production on verbal and non-verbal fluency tasks. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 55, 839-844.) is a short test of figural fluency which might serve as a substitute...
October 6, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705181/birth-at-22-gestational-weeks-case-report-of-cognitive-resilience
#20
Crista A Hopp, Ida Sue Baron
OBJECTIVE: Children delivered at the edge of viability are at greatest risk of medical and neuropsychological disability, their adverse outcomes overshadowing extremely preterm survivors with more optimal outcomes. We aimed to describe an exceptionally early-born extremely preterm (EEEP) preschooler whose neurobiological, familial, and socioeconomic factors likely influenced her unexpected cognitive resilience. METHOD: Baby G was a 3-years 10-months-old, English-speaking, Caucasian, singleton girl born weighing 435 g at 22(5/7) weeks' gestation to well-educated married parents...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
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