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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209520/deconstructing-empathy-neuroanatomical-dissociations-between-affect-sharing-and-prosocial-motivation-using-a-patient-lesion-model
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Suzanne M Shdo, Kamalini G Ranasinghe, Kelly A Gola, Clinton J Mielke, Paul V Sukhanov, Bruce L Miller, Katherine P Rankin
Affect sharing and prosocial motivation are integral parts of empathy that are conceptually and mechanistically distinct. We used a neurodegenerative disease (NDG) lesion model to more directly examine the neural correlates of these two aspects of real-world empathic responding. The study enrolled 275 participants, including 44 healthy older controls and 231 patients diagnosed with one of five neurodegenerative diseases (75 Alzheimer's disease, 58 behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), 42 semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), 28 progressive supranuclear palsy, and 28 non-fluent variant (nfvPPA)...
February 13, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205493/rethinking-the-cognitive-mechanisms-underlying-pantomime-of-tool-use-evidence-from-alzheimer-s-disease-and-semantic-dementia
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Mathieu Lesourd, Josselin Baumard, Christophe Jarry, Frédérique Etcharry-Bouyx, Serge Belliard, Olivier Moreaud, Bernard Croisile, Valérie Chauviré, Marine Granjon, Didier Le Gall, François Osiurak
OBJECTIVES: Pantomiming the use of familiar tools is a central test in the assessment of apraxia. However, surprisingly, the nature of the underlying cognitive mechanisms remains an unresolved issue. The aim of this study is to shed a new light on this issue by exploring the role of functional, mechanical, and manipulation knowledge in patients with Alzheimer's disease and semantic dementia and apraxia of tool use. METHODS: We performed multiple regression analyses with the global performance and the nature of errors (i...
February 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108637/tomm40-523-variant-and-cognitive-decline-in-older-persons-with-apoe-%C3%AE%C2%B53-3-genotype
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Lei Yu, Michael W Lutz, Robert S Wilson, Daniel K Burns, Allen D Roses, Ann M Saunders, Chris Gaiteri, Philip L De Jager, Lisa L Barnes, David A Bennett
OBJECTIVE: To interrogate a poly-T variant (rs10524523, '523) in TOMM40, a gene adjacent to the APOE gene on chromosome 19, in older persons with APOE ε3/3 homozygosity for association with cognitive decline, the clinical hallmark of Alzheimer disease (AD). METHODS: Data came from participants in 2 cohort studies of aging and dementia who underwent annual clinical evaluations for up to 21 years. APOE and TOMM40'523 genotypes were determined from DNA from blood or brain samples...
January 20, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103593/executive-dysfunction-and-behavioral-symptoms-are-associated-with-deficits-in-instrumental-activities-of-daily-living-in-frontotemporal-dementia
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Negar Moheb, Mario F Mendez, Sarah A Kremen, Edmond Teng
BACKGROUND: Deficits in instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs) may be more prominent in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) than in nonfluent/agrammatic variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA) or semantic variant primary progressive aphasia (svPPA). It is uncertain whether frontotemporal dementia (FTD) subgroups exhibit different patterns and/or predictors of functional impairment. METHODS: We examined data from participants diagnosed with bvFTD (n = 607), svPPA (n = 132), and nfvPPA (n = 155) who were included in the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) Uniform Data Set (UDS) and assessed with the Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ)...
2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100023/frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration-pathogenesis-pathology-and-pathways-to-phenotype
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David Ma Mann, Julie S Snowden
Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is a clinically, pathologically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders that affect principally the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. There are three major associated clinical syndromes, behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA); three principal histologies, involving tau, TDP-43 and FUS proteins; and mutations in three major genes, MAPT, GRN and C9orf72, along with several other less common gene mutations...
January 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099561/macarthur-competence-assessment-tool-for-treatment-in-alzheimer-disease-cross-cultural-adaptation
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Raquel Luiza Santos, Maria Fernanda Barroso de Sousa, José Pedro Simões, Elodie Bertrand, Daniel C Mograbi, Jesus Landeira-Fernandez, Jerson Laks, Marcia Cristina Nascimento Dourado
Objective: We adapted the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Treatment (MacCAT-T) to Brazilian Portuguese, pilot testing it on mild and moderate patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Methods: The cross-cultural process required six steps. Sixty-six patients with AD were assessed for competence to consent to treatment, global cognition, working memory, awareness of disease, functionality, depressive symptoms and dementia severity. Results: The items had semantic, idiomatic, conceptual and experiential equivalence...
January 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095376/review-of-decision-making-in-game-tasks-in-elderly-participants-with-alzheimer-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Alaise Silva Santos de Siqueira, Juliana Emy Yokomizo, Wilson Jacob-Filho, Mônica Sanches Yassuda, Ivan Aprahamian
BACKGROUND: Changes in decision-making (DM) have recently been investigated in patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). DM is highly relevant to everyday functioning and autonomy. It relies on several cognitive abilities, such as semantic and episodic memory, as well as aspects of executive functioning. We conducted a systematic review of DM in older adults with MCI and AD. SUMMARY: Only 5 studies whose main objective was to evaluate the DM performance were selected...
2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093855/typical-and-atypical-appearance-of-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-a-clinical-neuroimaging-and-neuropathological-study-symposium-fundamentals-learned-from-diversity-among-typical-and-atypical-appearances
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Shinobu Kawakatsu, Ryota Kobayashi, Hiroshi Hayashi
The International Working Group (IWG) has classified Alzheimer's disease (AD) as two different types, the typical form and the atypical form, but clinicopathological studies of atypical AD are limited. Because atypical AD cases usually present with early-onset dementia, we investigated 12 patients with early-onset AD, including two patients with typical AD and 10 patients with atypical AD. Of these patients, six had the posterior variant, three had the frontal variant and one had the logopenic variant mixed with semantic dementia...
January 17, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087828/tdp-43-pathology-and-memory-impairment-in-elders-without-pathologic-diagnoses-of-ad-or-ftld
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Sukriti Nag, Lei Yu, Robert S Wilson, Er-Yun Chen, David A Bennett, Julie A Schneider
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association of TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43) pathology with memory, other cognitive domains, and dementia in community-dwelling elders without pathologic diagnoses of Alzheimer disease (AD) or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: Of 1,058 autopsied participants, 343 (32.4%) did not have pathologic diagnoses of AD or FTLD. Diagnosis of dementia was based on clinical evaluation and cognitive performance tests, which were used to create summary measures of global cognition and of 5 cognitive domains...
January 13, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059782/differential-hemispheric-predilection-of%C3%A2-microstructural-white-matter-and%C3%A2-functional-connectivity-abnormalities-between-respectively-semantic-and%C3%A2-behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia
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Rozanna Meijboom, Rebecca M E Steketee, Leontine S Ham, Aad van der Lugt, John C van Swieten, Marion Smits
Semantic dementia (SD) and behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), subtypes of frontotemporal dementia, are characterized by distinct clinical symptoms and neuroimaging features, with predominant left temporal grey matter (GM) atrophy in SD and bilateral or right frontal GM atrophy in bvFTD. Such differential hemispheric predilection may also be reflected by other neuroimaging features, such as brain connectivity. This study investigated white matter (WM) microstructure and functional connectivity differences between SD and bvFTD, focusing on the hemispheric predilection of these differences...
December 3, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054821/multimodal-emotion-processing-deficits-are-present-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Sophie C Andrews, Mathew Staios, Jim Howe, Katrina Reardon, Fiona Fisher
OBJECTIVE: Emotion processing abilities might be reduced in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Previous studies of emotion processing in ALS have inconsistent results, and are limited by variations in task difficulty, modalities examined, and participants' cognitive status. The current study used a battery of emotion processing tasks at differing levels of difficulty and across different modalities (facial affect and voice prosody) to assess the extent of emotion processing deficits in nondemented ALS...
January 5, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019640/semantic-dementia-a-mini-review
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Blanka Klimova, Michal Novotny, Kamil Kuca
BACKGROUND: At present there are about 47.5 million people suffering from different types of dementia and by 2030 this number should reach 75.6 million. This obviously brings about serious social and economic burden for people suffering from any kind of dementia. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to explore only semantic dementia (SD) as one of the forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and provide the latest information on its diagnosis and treatment which play a significant role in the maintenance of quality of life of both patients and their caregivers...
December 23, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017247/clinical-characteristics-of-parkinsonism-in-frontotemporal-dementia-according-to-subtypes
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Hee Kyung Park, Kee Hyung Park, Bora Yoon, Jae-Hong Lee, Seong Hye Choi, Jee H Joung, Soo Jin Yoon, Byeong C Kim, Seung Hyun Kim, Eun-Joo Kim, Duk L Na, Kyung Won Park
BACKGROUND: We investigated the prevalence of parkinsonism in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) subtypes and the cognitive and behavioral differences between FTD with and without parkinsonism in a well-structured, prospective cohort. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-one FTD patients were enrolled and all patients underwent comprehensive neurological evaluations, neuropsychological tests, and the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale. RESULTS: The prevalence of parkinsonism was 38...
January 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013307/why-almost-always-animals-ranking-fluency-tasks-for-the-detection-of-dementia-based-on-receiver-operating-characteristic-roc-and-quality-roc-analyses
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F Javier Moreno-Martínez, Marcos Ruiz, Pedro R Montoro
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Category fluency tasks have been widely used to assess cognitive functioning in both clinical and experimental environments as an index of cognitive and psycholinguistic dysfunctions in dementia. Typically, a reduced group of semantic categories has been selected for neuropsychological assessment (e.g., animals, fruits or vegetables), although empirical support for the prevalence of one category among others is absent in the literature. METHODS: We provide an empirical evaluation of the ability of 14 category fluency tasks to discriminate between subjects with dementia of the Alzheimer type and healthy elderly participants...
2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983554/validation-of-the-spanish-version-of-the-lassi-l-for-diagnosing-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jordi A Matías-Guiu, Rosie E Curiel, Teresa Rognoni, María Valles-Salgado, Marta Fernández-Matarrubia, Roshan Hariramani, Alejandro Fernández-Castro, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, David A Loewenstein, Jorge Matías-Guiu
BACKGROUND: The Loewenstein-Acevedo Scale for Semantic Interference and Learning (LASSI-L) is a novel cognitive test that measures recovery from proactive semantic interference, which may be an early cognitive marker of Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE: To generate normative data for a Spaniard population and to validate the LASSI-L for the diagnosis of amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and mild AD. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study in which 97 healthy participants, 34 with aMCI, and 33 with mild AD were studied with LASSI-L and a comprehensive neuropsychological protocol...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981671/distinct-white-matter-injury-associated-with-medial-temporal-lobe-atrophy-in-alzheimer-s-versus-semantic-dementia
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Alexandre Bejanin, Béatrice Desgranges, Renaud La Joie, Brigitte Landeau, Audrey Perrotin, Florence Mézenge, Serge Belliard, Vincent de La Sayette, Francis Eustache, Gaël Chételat
This study aims at further understanding the distinct vulnerability of brain networks in Alzheimer's disease (AD) versus semantic dementia (SD) investigating the white matter injury associated with medial temporal lobe (MTL) atrophy in both conditions. Twenty-six AD patients, twenty-one SD patients, and thirty-nine controls underwent a high-resolution T1-MRI scan allowing to obtain maps of grey matter volume and white matter density. A statistical conjunction approach was used to identify MTL regions showing grey matter atrophy in both patient groups...
December 16, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931265/increased-caspase-6-activity-in-the-human-anterior-olfactory-nuclei-of-the-olfactory-bulb-is-associated-with-cognitive-impairment
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Benedicte Foveau, Steffen Albrecht, David A Bennett, José A Correa, Andrea C LeBlanc
Abnormally elevated hippocampal Caspase-6 (Casp6) activity is intimately associated with age-related cognitive impairment in humans and in mice. In humans, these high levels of Casp6 activity are initially localized in the entorhinal cortex, the area of the brain first affected by the formation of neurofibrillary tangles, according to Braak staging. The reason for the high vulnerability of entorhinal cortex neurons to neurofibrillary tangle pathology and Casp6 activity is unknown. Casp6 activity is involved in axonal degeneration, therefore, one possibility to explain increased vulnerability of the entorhinal cortex neurons would be that the afferent neurons of the olfactory bulb, some of which project their axons to the entorhinal cortex, are equally degenerating...
December 8, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931245/brain-activation-in-frontotemporal-and-alzheimer-s-dementia-a-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-study
#18
Florian G Metzger, Betti Schopp, Florian B Haeussinger, Katja Dehnen, Matthis Synofzik, Andreas J Fallgatter, Ann-Christine Ehlis
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal dementia is an increasingly studied disease, the underlying functional impairments on a neurobiological level of which have not been fully understood. Patients with the behavioral-subtype frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) are particularly challenging for clinical measurements such as functional imaging due to their behavioral symptoms. Here, an alternative imaging method, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), is introduced to measure task-related cortical brain activation based on blood oxygenation...
December 8, 2016: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920731/do-you-read-how-i-read-systematic-individual-differences-in-semantic-reliance-amongst-normal-readers
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Anna M Woollams, Matthew A Lambon Ralph, Gaston Madrid, Karalyn E Patterson
The extent to which meaning is involved in reading aloud has proven an area of longstanding debate, and current computational models differ on this dimension. The connectionist triangle model proposes that normal individuals rely on semantic information for correct reading of words with atypical spelling-sound relationships, but to varying degrees. This proposed individual difference would account for the varying stage of decline at which patients with semantic dementia first show the reading impairment known as surface dyslexia...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916672/famous-faces-and-voices-differential-profiles-in-early-right-and-left-semantic-dementia-and-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Simona Luzzi, Sara Baldinelli, Valentina Ranaldi, Katia Fabi, Viviana Cafazzo, Fabio Fringuelli, Mauro Silvestrini, Leandro Provinciali, Carlo Reverberi, Guido Gainotti
BACKGROUND: Famous face and voice recognition is reported to be impaired both in semantic dementia (SD) and in Alzheimer's Disease (AD), although more severely in the former. In AD a coexistence of perceptual impairment in face and voice processing has also been reported and this could contribute to the altered performance in complex semantic tasks. On the other hand, in SD both face and voice recognition disorders could be related to the prevalence of atrophy in the right temporal lobe (RTL)...
January 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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