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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679204/efficacy-of-curcumin-for-age-associated-cognitive-decline-a-narrative-review-of-preclinical-and-clinical-studies
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Marjana Rahman Sarker, Susan F Franks
Processes such as aberrant redox signaling and chronic low-grade systemic inflammation have been reported to modulate age-associated pathologies such as cognitive impairment. Curcumin, the primary therapeutic component of the Indian spice, Turmeric (Curcuma longa), has long been known for its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity attributable to its unique molecular structure. Recently, an interest in this polyphenol as a cognitive therapeutic for the elderly has emerged. The purpose of this paper is to critically review preclinical and clinical studies that have evaluated the efficacy of curcumin in ameliorating and preventing age-associated cognitive decline and address the translational progress of preclinical to clinical efficacy...
April 21, 2018: GeroScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669461/connected-speech-and-language-in-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease-a-review-of-picture-description-tasks
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Kimberly D Mueller, Bruce Hermann, Jonilda Mecollari, Lyn S Turkstra
INTRODUCTION: The neuropsychological profile of people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia includes a history of decline in memory and other cognitive domains, including language. While language impairments have been well described in AD dementia, language features of MCI are less well understood. Connected speech and language analysis is the study of an individual's spoken discourse, usually elicited by a target stimulus, the results of which can facilitate understanding of how language deficits typical of MCI and AD dementia manifest in everyday communication...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668866/distinct-interplay-between-atrophy-and-hypometabolism-in-alzheimer-s-versus-semantic-dementia
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Alexandre Bejanin, Renaud La Joie, Brigitte Landeau, Serge Belliard, Vincent de La Sayette, Francis Eustache, Béatrice Desgranges, Gaël Chételat
Multimodal neuroimaging analyses offer additional information beyond that provided by each neuroimaging modality. Thus, direct comparisons and correlations between neuroimaging modalities allow revealing disease-specific topographic relationships. Here, we compared the topographic discrepancies between atrophy and hypometabolism in two neurodegenerative diseases characterized by distinct pathological processes, namely Alzheimer's disease (AD) versus semantic dementia (SD), to unravel their specific influence on local and global brain structure-function relationships...
April 13, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667366/divergent-effects-of-healthy-ageing-on-semantic-knowledge-and-control-evidence-from-novel-comparisons-with-semantically-impaired-patients
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Paul Hoffman
Effective use of semantic knowledge requires a set of conceptual representations and control processes which ensure that currently relevant aspects of this knowledge are retrieved and selected. It is well-established that levels of semantic knowledge increase across the lifespan. However, the effects of ageing on semantic control processes have not been assessed. I addressed this issue by comparing the performance profiles of young and older people on a verbal comprehension test. Two sets of variables were used to predict accuracy and RT in each group: (1) the psycholinguistic properties of words probed in each trial and (2) the performance on each trial by two groups of semantically impaired neuropsychological patients...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665124/how-does-dementia-with-lewy-bodies-start-prodromal-cognitive-changes-in-rem-sleep-behavior-disorder
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Daphné Génier Marchand, Ronald B Postuma, Frédérique Escudier, Jessie De Roy, Amélie Pelletier, Jacques Montplaisir, Jean-François Gagnon
Objective We describe the progression of cognitive decline and identify the predictive values of cognitive tests in three groups of REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) patients classified at their last follow-up as having Parkinson's disease (PD), dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), or still-idiopathic. Methods Patients (n=109) underwent polysomnographic, neurological, and neuropsychological assessments. We used linear mixed-model analyses to compare the progression of cognitive test performance between the three groups over a three-year prodromal period, and performed linear regressions for a six-year prodromal period...
April 17, 2018: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656245/individual-differences-in-socioemotional-sensitivity-are-an-index-of-salience-network-function
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Gianina Toller, Jesse Brown, Marc Sollberger, Suzanne M Shdo, Laura Bouvet, Paul Sukhanov, William W Seeley, Bruce L Miller, Katherine P Rankin
Connectivity in intrinsically connected networks (ICNs) may predict individual differences in cognition and behavior. The drastic alterations in socioemotional awareness of patients with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) are presumed to arise from changes in one such ICN, the salience network (SN). We examined how individual differences in SN connectivity are reflected in overt social behavior in healthy individuals and patients, both to provide neuroscientific insight into this key brain-behavior relationship, and to provide a practical tool to diagnose patients with early bvFTD...
February 27, 2018: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617684/characteristics-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-using-the-thai-version-of-the-consortium-to-establish-a-registry-for-alzheimer-s-disease-tests-a-multivariate-and-machine-learning-study
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Chavit Tunvirachaisakul, Thitiporn Supasitthumrong, Sookjareon Tangwongchai, Solaphat Hemrunroj, Phenphichcha Chuchuen, Itthipol Tawankanjanachot, Yuthachai Likitchareon, Kamman Phanthumchinda, Sira Sriswasdi, Michael Maes
BACKGROUND: The Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease (CERAD) developed a neuropsychological battery (CERAD-NP) to screen patients with Alzheimer's dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) has received attention as a pre-dementia stage. OBJECTIVES: To delineate the CERAD-NP features of MCI and their clinical utility to externally validate MCI diagnosis. METHODS: The study included 60 patients with MCI, diagnosed using the Clinical Dementia Rating, and 63 normal controls...
April 4, 2018: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29614666/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-heralding-the-onset-of-semantic-frontotemporal-dementia
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Laura Bonanni, Raffaella Franciotti, Giovanni Martinotti, Federica Vellante, Maria Elena Flacco, Massimo Di Giannantonio, Astrid Thomas, Marco Onofrj
BACKGROUND: Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with cognitive decline. The dementia type following PTSD is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether PTSD is associated with a specific dementia. METHODS: Prospective study: 46 PTSD patients (DSM-IV-TR) were followed for 6-10 years with clinical, neuropsychological, imaging evaluations for possible development of dementia.Retrospective study:849 dementia patients followed during 1999-2014 (509 Alzheimer's disease, AD; 207 dementia with Lewy bodies, DLB; 90 vascular dementia, VaD; 43 frontotemporal dementia, FTD) and 287 patients with any neurological condition (including patients with/without dementia) were evaluated for the presence of PTSD in their history...
March 24, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29574353/preliminary-investigation-of-cognitive-function-in-aged-multiple-sclerosis-patients-challenges-in-detecting-comorbid-alzheimer-s-disease
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Shumita Roy, Allison Drake, Stephanie Snyder, Breana Cline, Anjum Khan, Tom Fuchs, Robert Zivadinov, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Kinga Szigeti, Ralph H B Benedict
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment can be seen in patients of all ages with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, there is limited research on neurocognitive disorder in older adults with MS and how to detect Alzheimer's disease (AD) or its prodromal stage, amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). Thus, the MS clinician is challenged to discriminate between signs of MS-related cognitive decline versus a secondary neurodegenerative process. OBJECTIVE: Compare cognition in older MS patients to patients with AD and aMCI...
March 13, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29573378/why-do-herpes-simplex-encephalitis-and-semantic-dementia-show-a-different-pattern-of-semantic-impairment-in-spite-of-their-main-common-involvement-within-the-anterior-temporal-lobes
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Guido Gainotti
A very challenging problem in the domain of the cognitive neurosciences is to explain why herpes simplex encephalitis and semantic dementia show, respectively, a category-specific semantic disorder for biological entities and an across-categories semantic disruption, despite highly overlapping areas of anterior temporal lobe damage. The aim of the present review consisted in trying to make a separate survey of anatomo-clinical investigations (single-case studies and group studies) and of activation studies, in order to analyse the factors that could explain these different patterns of semantic disruption...
March 24, 2018: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29572063/agnosia-for-bird-calls
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Louwai Muhammed, Chris J D Hardy, Lucy L Russell, Charles R Marshall, Camilla N Clark, Rebecca L Bond, Elizabeth K Warrington, Jason D Warren
The cognitive organisation of nonverbal auditory knowledge remains poorly defined. Deficits of environmental sound as well as word and visual object knowledge are well-recognized in semantic dementia. However, it is unclear how auditory cognition breaks down in this disorder and how this relates to deficits in other knowledge modalities. We had the opportunity to study a patient with a typical syndrome of semantic dementia who had extensive premorbid knowledge of birds, allowing us to assess the impact of the disease on the processing of auditory in relation to visual and verbal attributes of this specific knowledge category...
March 20, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29571955/eye-movement-parameters-and-cognitive-functions-in-parkinson-s-disease-patients-without-dementia
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Oscar Wh Wong, Anne Yy Chan, Adrian Wong, Claire Ky Lau, Jonas Hm Yeung, Vincent Ct Mok, Linda Cw Lam, Sandra Chan
BACKGROUND: Cognitive deficits and eye movement abnormalities have been demonstrated to be detectable early clinical manifestations of Parkinson's disease. Understanding the relationship between these phenotypes may yield insight into the underlying anatomical pathways, assisting in the search for simple non-invasive markers of early neurodegeneration. OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlations between eye movement parameters with multi-domain cognitive functions in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease without dementia...
March 15, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29558979/cerebrospinal-fluid-in-the-differential-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-clinical-utility-of-an-extended-panel-of-biomarkers-in-a-specialist-cognitive-clinic
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Ross W Paterson, Catherine F Slattery, Teresa Poole, Jennifer M Nicholas, Nadia K Magdalinou, Jamie Toombs, Miles D Chapman, Michael P Lunn, Amanda J Heslegrave, Martha S Foiani, Philip S J Weston, Ashvini Keshavan, Jonathan D Rohrer, Martin N Rossor, Jason D Warren, Catherine J Mummery, Kaj Blennow, Nick C Fox, Henrik Zetterberg, Jonathan M Schott
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers are increasingly being used to support a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Their clinical utility for differentiating AD from non-AD neurodegenerative dementias, such as dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) or frontotemporal dementia (FTD), is less well established. We aimed to determine the diagnostic utility of an extended panel of CSF biomarkers to differentiate AD from a range of other neurodegenerative dementias. METHODS: We used immunoassays to measure conventional CSF markers of amyloid and tau pathology (amyloid beta (Aβ)1-42, total tau (T-tau), and phosphorylated tau (P-tau)) as well as amyloid processing (AβX-38, AβX-40, AβX-42, soluble amyloid precursor protein (sAPP)α, and sAPPβ), large fibre axonal degeneration (neurofilament light chain (NFL)), and neuroinflammation (YKL-40) in 245 patients with a variety of dementias and 30 controls...
March 20, 2018: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29518671/impact-of-group-singing-on-older-adult-health-in-senior-living-communities-a-pilot-study
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Musetta C Fu, Basia Belza, Huong Nguyen, Rebecca Logsdon, Steven Demorest
PURPOSE: Participating in a group-singing program may be beneficial to healthy aging through engaging in active music-making activities and breathing exercises. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of a 12-week group singing program on cognitive function, lung health and quality of life (QoL) of older adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pre and post-test quasi-experimental design evaluated the impact of a group-singing program on older adult health...
February 23, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29514947/clinical-value-of-neurofilament-and-phospho-tau-tau-ratio-in-the-frontotemporal-dementia-spectrum
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Lieke H H Meeter, Everard G Vijverberg, Marta Del Campo, Annemieke J M Rozemuller, Laura Donker Kaat, Frank Jan de Jong, Wiesje M van der Flier, Charlotte E Teunissen, John C van Swieten, Yolande A L Pijnenburg
OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical value of neurofilament light chain (NfL) and the phospho-tau/total tau ratio (p/t-tau) across the entire frontotemporal dementia (FTD) spectrum in a large, well-defined cohort. METHODS: CSF NfL and p/t-tau levels were studied in 361 patients with FTD: 179 behavioral variant FTD, 17 FTD with motor neuron disease (FTD-MND), 36 semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA), 19 nonfluent variant PPA, 4 logopenic variant PPA (lvPPA), 42 corticobasal syndrome, and 64 progressive supranuclear palsy...
April 3, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29478836/sex-differences-in-progression-to-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Brenna Cholerton, Catherine O Johnson, Brian Fish, Joseph F Quinn, Kathryn A Chung, Amie L Peterson-Hiller, Liana S Rosenthal, Ted M Dawson, Marilyn S Albert, Shu-Ching Hu, Ignacio F Mata, James B Leverenz, Kathleen L Poston, Thomas J Montine, Cyrus P Zabetian, Karen L Edwards
INTRODUCTION: Identification of factors associated with progression of cognitive symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) is important for treatment planning, clinical care, and design of future clinical trials. The current study sought to identify whether prediction of cognitive progression is aided by examining baseline cognitive features, and whether this differs according to stage of cognitive disease. METHODS: Participants with PD in the Pacific Udall Center Clinical Consortium who had longitudinal data available and were nondemented at baseline were included in the study (n = 418)...
February 9, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441012/a-modified-reading-the-mind-in-the-eyes-test-predicts-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-better-than-executive-function-tests
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Matthias L Schroeter, Sarah Pawelke, Sandrine Bisenius, Jana Kynast, Katharina Schuemberg, Maryna Polyakova, Sarah Anderl-Straub, Adrian Danek, Klaus Fassbender, Holger Jahn, Frank Jessen, Johannes Kornhuber, Martin Lauer, Johannes Prudlo, Anja Schneider, Ingo Uttner, Angelika Thöne-Otto, Markus Otto, Janine Diehl-Schmid
Behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) is characterized by deep alterations in behavior and personality. Although revised diagnostic criteria agree for executive dysfunction as most characteristic, impairments in social cognition are also suggested. The study aimed at identifying those neuropsychological and behavioral parameters best discriminating between bvFTD and healthy controls. Eighty six patients were diagnosed with possible or probable bvFTD according to Rascovsky et al. (2011) and compared with 43 healthy age-matched controls...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432768/reading-and-visual-word-recognition-ability-in-semantic-dementia-is-not-predicted-by-semantic-performance
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David Playfoot, Jac Billington, Jeremy J Tree
This paper describes longitudinal testing of two Semantic Dementia (SD) cases. It is common for patients with SD to present with deficits in reading aloud irregular words (i.e. surface dyslexia), and in lexical decision. Theorists from the connectionist tradition (e.g. Woollams, et al., 2007) argue that in SD cases with concurrent surface dyslexia, the deterioration of irregular word reading and recognition performance is related to the extent of the deterioration of the semantic system. The Dual Route Cascaded model (DRC; Coltheart et al...
February 9, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29430242/gustatory-dysfunction-as-an-early-symptom-of-semantic-dementia
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Mariko Sakai, Hiroaki Kazui, Kazue Shigenobu, Kenjiro Komori, Manabu Ikeda, Takashi Nishikawa
Objective: To investigate the gustatory function in patients with semantic dementia (SD). Methods: Detection and recognition thresholds of the 4 basic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, and bitter), taste discrimination, and taste identification were evaluated in 18 patients with SD, 18 patients with Alzheimer disease (AD), and 22 healthy controls. Results: Total detection and recognition threshold values were significantly higher in the SD and AD groups than in the control group...
September 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429985/posterior-associative-and-cingulate-cortex-involvement-of-brain-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-spect-imaging-in-semantic-dementia-with-probable-alzheimer-disease-pathology-a-case-report
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Yumi Takano, Keiko Kunitoki, Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Tomoko Totsune, Hideo Shimomura, Manabu Nakagawa, Hiroyuki Arai, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND Semantic dementia (SD) is a type of primary progressive aphasia with prominent language dysfunction, mostly within the spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Although there is an overlap in clinical manifestations of SD attributable to FTLD and neuropathologically proven Alzheimer disease (AD), clinical diagnostic clues are not readily available. We present a characteristic finding based on a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)-based regional cerebral blood flow study and its statistical imaging analysis for a rare case of SD with AD-like pathology...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
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