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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341686/incidental-findings-on-brain-mri-of-cognitively-normal-first-degree-descendants-of-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-a-cross-sectional-analysis-from-the-alfa-alzheimer-and-families-project
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Anna Brugulat-Serrat, Santiago Rojas, Nuria Bargalló, Gerardo Conesa, Carolina Minguillón, Karine Fauria, Nina Gramunt, José Luis Molinuevo, Juan Domingo Gispert
OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence of brain MRI incidental findings (IF) in a cohort of cognitively normal first-degree descendants of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. SETTING: All scans were obtained with a 3.0 T scanner. Scans were evaluated by a single neuroradiologist and IF recorded and categorised. The presence of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) was determined with the Fazekas scale and reported as relevant if ≥2...
March 24, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326689/behavioural-and-neuropsychiatric-disturbance-in-three-clinical-subtypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia-a-clinical-research-center-for-dementia-of-south-korea-ftd-study
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Moon Ho Park, Eun-Joo Kim, Kyung Won Park, Jae Cheol Kwon, Bon D Ku, Seol-Heui Han, SangYun Kim, Dong Won Yang, Duk L Na, Seong Hye Choi
OBJECTIVES: To characterise the behavioural and neuropsychiatric disturbances of patients with three clinical subtypes of frontotemporal dementia (FTD): behavioural variant FTD (bvFTD), semantic dementia (SD) and progressive non-fluent aphasia (PNFA). METHODS: Consecutive series of 66 patients with bvFTD, 58 patients with SD and 21 patients with PNFA were compared using the Frontal Behavioural Inventory (FBI) and the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI). RESULTS: Patients with bvFTD had more behavioural and neuropsychiatric disturbances than patients with PNFA based on the total scores of FBI and NPI...
March 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322905/bilingualism-delays-the-onset-of-behavioral-but-not-aphasic-forms-of-frontotemporal-dementia
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Suvarna Alladi, Thomas H Bak, Mekala Shailaja, Divyaraj Gollahalli, Amuya Rajan, Bapiraju Surampudi, Michael Hornberger, Vasanta Duggirala, Jaydip Ray Chaudhuri, Subhash Kaul
Bilingualism has been found to delay onset of dementia and this has been attributed to an advantage in executive control in bilinguals. However, the relationship between bilingualism and cognition is complex, with costs as well as benefits to language functions. To further explore the cognitive consequences of bilingualism, the study used Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) syndromes, to examine whether bilingualism modifies the age at onset of behavioral and language variants of Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) differently...
March 18, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304308/violation-of-laws-in-frontotemporal-dementia-a-multicenter-study-in-japan
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Shunichiro Shinagawa, Kazue Shigenobu, Kenji Tagai, Ryuji Fukuhara, Naoto Kamimura, Takaaki Mori, Kenji Yoshiyama, Hiroaki Kazui, Kazuhiko Nakayama, Manabu Ikeda
Although violations of laws, such as shoplifting, are considered to be common in frontotemporal dementia (FTD) patients, there have been few studies on this subject and the frequencies and types of such violations have not been clarified. The objective of this study was to conduct a retrospective investigation of FTD patients in the psychiatry departments of multiple institutions to determine the types and frequencies of any law violations and compare them with those of AD patients. All patients were examined between January 2011 and December 2015 at the specialized dementia outpatient clinics of 10 facilities (5 psychiatry departments of university hospitals, 5 psychiatric hospitals)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289749/motor-speech-phenotypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia-primary-progressive-aphasia-and-progressive-apraxia-of-speech
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Matthew L Poole, Amy Brodtmann, David Darby, Adam P Vogel
Purpose: Our purpose was to create a comprehensive review of speech impairment in frontotemporal dementia (FTD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), and progressive apraxia of speech in order to identify the most effective measures for diagnosis and monitoring, and to elucidate associations between speech and neuroimaging. Method: Speech and neuroimaging data described in studies of FTD and PPA were systematically reviewed. A meta-analysis was conducted for speech measures that were used consistently in multiple studies...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288787/evolution-of-autobiographical-memory-impairments-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-frontotemporal-dementia-a-longitudinal-neuroimaging-study
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Muireann Irish, Ramon Landin-Romero, Annu Mothakunnel, Siddharth Ramanan, Sharpley Hsieh, John R Hodges, Olivier Piguet
Compromised autobiographical memory (ABM) retrieval is well established in dementia, attributable to degeneration of a core memory brain network. It remains unclear, however, how the progressive spread of atrophy with advancing disease severity impacts ABM retrieval across life epochs. To this end, we conducted a longitudinal study of recent and remote ABM in Alzheimer's disease (AD, n =11), and a frontotemporal lobar degeneration group (FTD, n =13) comprising 7 behavioral variant FTD and 6 semantic dementia patients, in comparison with 23 healthy older Controls...
March 10, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278492/patterns-of-brain-atrophy-associated-with-episodic-memory-and-semantic-fluency-decline-in-aging
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Amandine Pelletier, Charlotte Bernard, Bixente Dilharreguy, Catherine Helmer, Melanie Le Goff, Sandra Chanraud, Jean-François Dartigues, Michèle Allard, Hélène Amieva, Catheline Gwénaëlle
The cerebral substratum of age-related cognitive decline was evaluated in an elderly-cohort followed for 12 years (n=306). Participants, free of dementia, received neuropsychological assessments every two years and an MRI exam at baseline and four years later. Cognitive decline was evaluated on two broadly used tests to detect dementia: the Free and Cued Selective Reminding Test (FCSRT), a verbal episodic memory task, and the Isaacs Set Test (IST), a semantic fluency task. Using voxel-based approach, the relationship between cognitive decline with 1/ baseline grey matter volumes and 2/ grey matter volume loss between the two scans was explored...
March 9, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276861/screening-for-dementia-in-arabic-normative-data-from-an-elderly-lebanese-sample
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Fadi Abou-Mrad, Gordon Chelune, Edward Zamrini, Lubna Tarabey, Maryse Hayek, Patricia Fadel
OBJECTIVE: Prevention and treatment of dementia is a global concern that requires involvement of international samples. The purpose of this study is to develop culturally sensitive norms based on normal older Lebanese adults using multiple cognitive screening measures translated into Arabic for regional use. METHODS: Participants were 164 community dwelling older Lebanese adults without cognitive complaints. They were administered the following cognitive measures in Arabic: Alzheimer's Disease 8-item questionnaire, Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Mini Mental Status Exam, Modified Mini Mental Status, Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised, Lebanese Digit Span, Cross-Linguistic Naming Test, and phonemic and semantic fluency tests...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267747/subjective-and-objective-cognitive-function-among-older-adults-with-a-history-of-traumatic-brain-injury-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Raquel C Gardner, Kenneth M Langa, Kristine Yaffe
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is extremely common across the lifespan and is an established risk factor for dementia. The cognitive profile of the large and growing population of older adults with prior TBI who do not have a diagnosis of dementia, however, has not been well described. Our aim was to describe the cognitive profile associated with prior TBI exposure among community-dwelling older adults without dementia-an understudied but potentially vulnerable population. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In this population-based cohort study, we studied 984 community-dwelling older adults (age 51 y and older and their spouses) without dementia who had been randomly selected from respondents to the 2014 wave of the Health and Retirement Study to participate in a comprehensive TBI survey and who either reported no prior TBI (n = 737) or prior symptomatic TBI resulting in treatment in a hospital (n = 247)...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244174/damage-to-right-medial-temporal-structures-disrupts-the-capacity-for-scene-construction-a-case-study
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Muireann Irish, Annu Mothakunnel, Nadene Dermody, Nikki-Anne Wilson, John R Hodges, Olivier Piguet
The medial temporal lobes (MTL) are widely held to support a range of constructive endeavors including remembering the past, envisaging the future, and imagining hypothetical scenarios. While right MTL structures have been ascribed a prominent role in the construction of spatial contexts, lesion evidence to directly test this hypothesis is lacking. To this end, we assessed scene construction performance in two cases, GC and DF, who presented with left- and right-lateralized presentations of semantic dementia, respectively...
February 28, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239637/alzheimer-s-disease-the-influence-of-age-on-clinical-heterogeneity-through-the-human-brain-connectome
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Bradford C Dickerson, Michael Brickhouse, Scott McGinnis, David A Wolk
INTRODUCTION: One major factor that influences the heterogeneity of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is age: younger AD patients more frequently exhibit atypical forms of AD. We propose that this age-related heterogeneity can be understood better by considering age-related differences in atrophy in the context of large-scale brain networks subserving cognitive functions that contribute to memory. METHODS: We examined data from 75 patients with mild AD dementia from Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235777/observing-conversational-laughter-in-frontotemporal-dementia
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Peter S Pressman, Michaela Simpson, Kelly Gola, Suzanne M Shdo, Edoardo G Spinelli, Bruce L Miller, Maria Luisa Gorno-Tempini, Katherine Rankin, Robert W Levenson
BACKGROUND: We performed an observational study of laughter during seminaturalistic conversations between patients with dementia and familial caregivers. Patients were diagnosed with (1) behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), (2) right temporal variant frontotemporal dementia (rtFTD), (3) semantic variant of primary progressive aphasia (svPPA), (4) non-fluent variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA) or (5) early onset Alzheimer's disease (eoAD). We hypothesised that those with bvFTD would laugh less in response to their own speech than other dementia groups or controls, while those with rtFTD would laugh less regardless of who was speaking...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
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 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 14, 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...
February 14, 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 M A 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, behavioral 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
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