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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430672/lamotrigine-uses-in-psychiatric-practice-beyond-bipolar-prophylaxis-a-hope-or-hype
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Ahmed Naguy, Najah Al-Enezi
BACKGROUND: Lamotrigine (LAM), an antiepileptic, with panoply of indications and uses in neurology, is FDA approved, in psychiatry, for bipolar prophylaxis. Apart from this indication, trend of its use in psychiatry is on the rise addressing a multitude of disorders. STUDY QUESTION: LAM remains one of only few psychotropic drugs with antiglutamate activity. This might render LAM a potential therapeutic option in treatment-resistant major psychiatric disorders. We reviewed LAM pharmacology and its diverse indications while examining the extant evidence...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429562/predictors-of-the-health-related-quality-of-life-of-chinese-people-with-major-neurocognitive-disorders-and-their-caregivers-the-roles-of-self-esteem-and-caregiver-s-burden
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Daniel Kim-Wan Young, Petrus Yat-Nam Ng, Timothy Kwok
AIM: The present research study aimed to identify and compare the clinical and non-clinical factors that predict the self-reported and proxy-reported health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of people with major neurocognitive disorder (PwND) who are living at home in a Chinese society. METHODS: A total of 57 Chinese PwND-family caregiver dyads that were using the services of local senior centers were recruited through a cross-sectional survey with convenience sampling...
April 20, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420004/hearing-loss-and-risk-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-findings-from-the-singapore-longitudinal-ageing-study
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Rebecca Heywood, Qi Gao, Ma Shwe Zin Nyunt, Lei Feng, Mei Sian Chong, Wee Shiong Lim, Philip Yap, Tih-Shih Lee, Keng Bee Yap, Shiou Liang Wee, Tze Pin Ng
AIM: To investigate the associations between hearing loss and prevalent and incident mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia and MCI or dementia (all cases). METHODS: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of baseline and follow-up data were performed in a population-based cohort. The baseline sample of 2,599 adults aged ≥55 included 1,515 cognitively normal subjects who were followed up to 8 years. Hearing loss at baseline was determined by the whispered voice test, and MCI and dementia by Mini-Mental State Examination screening, Clinical Dementia Rating scale, neurocognitive tests, MRI, and panel consensus diagnosis...
April 19, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418163/psychometric-properties-of-the-apathy-evaluation-scale-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Ulrike Lueken, Ricarda Evens, Monika Balzer-Geldsetzer, Simon Baudrexel, Richard Dodel, Susanne Gräber-Sultan, Rüdiger Hilker-Roggendorf, Elke Kalbe, Oliver Kaut, Brit Mollenhauer, Kathrin Reetz, Eva Schäffer, Nele Schmidt, Jörg B Schulz, Annika Spottke, Karsten Witt, Katharina Linse, Alexander Storch, Oliver Riedel
Parkinson's disease (PD) frequently entails non-motor symptoms, worsening the course of the disease. Apathy is one of the core neuropsychiatric symptoms that has been investigated in recent years; research is however hampered by the limited availability of well-evaluated apathy scales for these patients. We evaluated the psychometric properties of the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) in a sample of PD patients. Psychometric properties, convergent and discriminant validity and sensitivity/specificity were evaluated in patients with (n = 582) or without dementia/depression (n = 339)...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417454/prevalence-and-predictors-of-anxiety-in-an-african-sample-of-recent-stroke-survivors
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A Ojagbemi, M Owolabi, R Akinyemi, O Arulogun, J Akinyemi, O Akpa, F S Sarfo, E Uvere, R Saulson, S Hurst, B Ovbiagele
OBJECTIVES: Studies considering emotional disturbances in the setting of stroke have primarily focused on depression and been conducted in high-income countries. Anxiety in stroke survivors, which may be associated with its own unique sets of risk factors and clinical parameters, has been rarely investigated in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We assess the characteristics of anxiety and anxiety-depression comorbidity in a SSA sample of recent stroke survivors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We assessed baseline data being collected as part of an intervention to improve one-year blood pressure control among recent (≤1 month) stroke survivors in SSA...
April 17, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413748/thiamine-assays-advances-challenges-and-caveats
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REVIEW
Katie A Edwards, Nicole Tu-Maung, Krystal Cheng, Binbin Wang, Antje J Baeumner, Clifford E Kraft
Thiamine (vitamin B1) is essential to the health of all living organisms and deficiency has long been associated with diseases in animals such as fish, birds, alligators, and domesticated ruminant mammals. Thiamine is also implicated in several human diseases including Alzheimer's, diabetes, dementia, depression and, most notably, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and Beriberi disease. Yet, highly sensitive and specific detection of thiamine remains an analytical challenge, as pM to nm levels of thiamine need to be detected in environmental and human samples, respectively, various phosphorylated variants need to be discriminated, and rapid on-site detection would be highly desirable...
April 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411508/interventions-to-support-people-with-dementia-and-their-caregivers-during-the-transition-from-home-care-to-nursing-home-care-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Christian Müller, Sindy Lautenschläger, Gabriele Meyer, Astrid Stephan
BACKGROUND: During the transition of people with dementia from home to nursing home family caregivers often feel burdened. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to 1) identify interventions which support people with dementia and their caregivers in the transition from home care to nursing home care, 2) synthesize the evidence for efficacy of these interventions, and 3) examine whether the identified interventions have been systematically developed, evaluated and implemented according to the Medical Research Council guidance on complex interventions...
April 3, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409672/making-a-difference-a-study-of-cognitive-stimulation-therapy-cst-for-persons-with-dementia
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Daniel B Stewart, Marla Berg-Weger, Susan Tebb, Michele Sakamoto, Kristina Roselle, Laura Downing, Janice Lundy, Deborah Hayden
Affecting nearly 5.4 million older adults in the U.S. and 35.6 million individuals worldwide, dementia is one of the greatest public health crises of our time. As a result, helping professionals, clients, and care partners seek effective and affordable treatment. Developed in the United Kingdom by Spector and colleagues, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is a non-pharmacologic psychosocial group intervention for persons with dementia. To expand upon and fill the gaps within existing research, the authors developed a descriptive study to assess the impact of CST on cognition, quality of life, and depression, among six CST groups (n = 40)...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409063/a-practical-approach-to-detection-and-treatment-of-depression-in-parkinson-disease-and-dementia
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REVIEW
Zahra Goodarzi, Zahinoor Ismail
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the available evidence for the detection and management of depression in Parkinson disease (PD) and dementia. RECENT FINDINGS: Depression is a common comorbidity in those with PD or dementia, and leads to increased morbidity. There are several available and accurate tools for the detection of depression in PD (e.g., Geriatric Depression Scale) and dementia (e.g., Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia). Treatment of depression depends on patient preference, severity of depression, comorbidities, and available resources...
April 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408165/alterations-in-protein-phosphorylation-in-the-amygdala-of-the-5xfamilial-alzheimer-s-disease-animal-model
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Eun-Jeong Yang, Usman Mahmood, Hyunju Kim, Moonseok Choi, Yunjung Choi, Jean-Pyo Lee, Moon-Jeong Chang, Hye-Sun Kim
Alzheimer's disease is the most common disease underlying dementia in humans. Two major neuropathological hallmarks of AD are neuritic plaques primarily composed of amyloid beta peptide and neurofibrillary tangles primarily composed of hyperphosphorylated tau. In addition to impaired memory function, AD patients often display neuropsychiatric symptoms and abnormal emotional states such as confusion, delusion, manic/depressive episodes and altered fear status. Brains from AD patients show atrophy of the amygdala which is involved in fear expression and emotional processing as well as hippocampal atrophy...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407520/anticholinergic-drug-use-is-associated-with-episodic-memory-decline-in-older-adults-without-dementia
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Goran Papenberg, Lars Bäckman, Laura Fratiglioni, Erika J Laukka, Johan Fastbom, Kristina Johnell
Anticholinergic drug use is common in older adults and has been related to increased dementia risk. This suggests that users of these drugs may experience accelerated cognitive decline. So far, however, longitudinal data on this topic are absent and the available evidence is inconclusive with respect to effects on specific cognitive domains due to suboptimal control of confounding variables. We investigated whether anticholinergic medication use is associated with cognitive decline over 6 years in a population-based study of older adults (aged 60-90; n = 1473) without dementia...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407503/parkinsonian-signs-are-a-risk-factor-for-falls
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Nabila Dahodwala, Chinwe Nwadiogbu, Whitney Fitts, Helen Partridge, Jason Karlawish
BACKGROUND: Parkinsonian signs are common, non-specific findings in older adults and associated with increased rates of dementia and mortality. It is important to understand which motor outcomes are associated with parkinsonian signs. OBJECTIVES: To determine the role of parkinsonian signs on fall rates among older adults. METHODS: We conducted a longitudinal study of primary care patients from the University of Pennsylvania Health System...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406845/heterogeneity-in-14-year-dementia-incidence-between-asian-american-subgroups
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Elizabeth R Mayeda, M Maria Glymour, Charles P Quesenberry, Rachel A Whitmer
BACKGROUND: Asian Americans are a rapidly growing and diverse population. Prior research on dementia among Asian Americans focused on Japanese Americans or Asian Americans overall, although marked differences in cardiometabolic conditions between subgroups have been documented. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared dementia incidence among 4 Asian American subgroups (n=8384 Chinese; n=4478 Japanese; n=6210 Filipino; n=197 South Asian) and whites (n=206,490) who were Kaiser Permanente Northern California members aged 64 years and above with no dementia diagnoses as of January 1, 2000...
April 12, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401631/disease-burden-comorbidity-and-geriatric-syndromes-in-the-australian-aged-care-population
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Jodie Belinda Hillen, Agnes Vitry, Gillian E Caughey
OBJECTIVE: To describe the burden of disease in the Australian residential aged care population. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of Aged Care Funding Instrument data. RESULTS: Dementia (48%), depression (22.5%) and arthritis (14.2%) were the most prevalent chronic diseases in this population. Unclassified conditions such as falls, pain and urinary incontinence were also significant burdens in this population (17.1%). Circulatory, musculoskeletal and unclassified conditions were the most prevalent comorbidities across all common medical groups...
April 11, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400979/depression-diabetes-and-dementia-formaldehyde-may-be-a-common-causal-agent-could-carnosine-a-pluripotent-peptide-be-protective
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Alan R Hipkiss
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April 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399220/associations-of-fat-and-muscle-tissue-with-cognitive-status-in-older-adults-the-ages-reykjavik-study
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Peggy J J Spauwen, Rachel A Murphy, Pálmi V Jónsson, Sigurdur Sigurdsson, Melissa E Garcia, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Martin P J van Boxtel, Oscar L Lopez, Vilmundur Gudnason, Tamara B Harris, Lenore J Launer
Background/Objective: studies on the association of dementia with specific body composition (BC) components are scarce. Our aim was to investigate associations of BC measures with different levels of cognitive function in late-life. Methods: we studied 5,169 participants (mean age 76 years, 42.9% men) in the AGES-Reykjavik Study of whom 485 (9.4%) were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and 307 (5.9%) with dementia. Visceral fat, abdominal and thigh subcutaneous fat, and thigh muscle were assessed by computed tomography...
March 1, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396703/characteristics-and-incidence-of-traumatic-brain-injury-in-older-adults-using-home-care-in-ontario-from-2003-2013
#17
Connor McGuire, Vicki L Kristman, Lynn Martin, Michel Bédard
OBJECTIVES: Describe the characteristics and determine the annual cumulative incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in older adults receiving home care in Ontario from 2003 to 2013. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of longitudinal data from the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centers (N = 554,313). TBI, demographic variables, depression, neurological conditions, and recent falls were measured from the Resident Assessment Instrument-Home Care...
March 2017: Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395245/validation-of-a-dried-blood-spot-method-for-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-of-citalopram-mirtazapine-and-risperidone-and-its-active-metabolite-9-hydroxyrisperidone-using-hplc-ms
#18
Johanna Weber, Stefanie Oberfeld, Andrea Bonse, Klaus Telger, Rainer Lingg, Georg Hempel
Citalopram, mirtazapine and risperidone are frequently prescribed for psychiatric illnesses such as depression and psychosis or for aggressive behavior in elderly patients with dementia. The plasma concentrations vary greatly between patients, especially in elderly patients. Thus, therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) increases the safety of antipsychotic treatment and a more rapid response to treatment may be achieved. To facilitate TDM, the objectives of this study were to develop and validate a reliable dried blood spot method to simultaneously quantify citalopram, mirtazapine and risperidone including its active metabolite 9-hydroxyrisperidone...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394770/the-biocard-index-a-summary-measure-to-predict-onset-of-mild-cognitive-impairment
#19
Ned Sacktor, Anja Soldan, Maura Grega, Leonie Farrington, Qing Cai, Mei-Cheng Wang, Rebecca F Gottesman, Raymond S Turner, Marilyn Albert
BACKGROUND: Changes in neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging, and cerebrospinal fluid may precede mild cognitive impairment (MCI). However, these markers are not routinely performed in outpatient clinical visits. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether a simple clinical index, consisting of questions given to patients and their informants, could predict the onset of symptoms of MCI among cognitively normal individuals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred twenty-two participants in the BIOCARD study received a detailed history, physical examination, and neuropsychological testing annually...
April 7, 2017: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392190/prevalence-patterns-and-predictors-of-depression-treatment-among-community-dwelling-elderly-individuals-with-dementia-in-the-united-states
#20
Sandipan Bhattacharjee, Yeum Mok Oh, Eric M Reiman, William J Burke
OBJECTIVES: Co-occurring dementia and depression exerts a substantial burden on the elderly. This study utilizes data from a nationally representative cohort of community-dwelling individuals 65 years and older to examine the prevalence, patterns, and predictors of depression treatment among elderly individuals with co-occurring dementia and depression. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Multiple years of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012) data...
March 6, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
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