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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713256/baseline-performance-predicts-tdcs-mediated-improvements-in-language-symptoms-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Eric M McConathey, Nicole C White, Felix Gervits, Sherry Ash, H Branch Coslett, Murray Grossman, Roy H Hamilton
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a neurodegenerative condition characterized by insidious irreversible loss of language abilities. Prior studies suggest that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) directed toward language areas of the brain may help to ameliorate symptoms of PPA. In the present sham-controlled study, we examined whether tDCS could be used to enhance language abilities (e.g., picture naming) in individuals with PPA variants primarily characterized by difficulties with speech production (non-fluent and logopenic)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710326/cortical-influences-drive-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Andrew Eisen, Heiko Braak, Kelly Del Tredici, Roger Lemon, Albert C Ludolph, Matthew C Kiernan
The early motor manifestations of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), while rarely documented, reflect failure of adaptive complex motor skills. The development of these skills correlates with progressive evolution of a direct corticomotoneuronal system that is unique to primates and markedly enhanced in humans. The failure of this system in ALS may translate into the split hand presentation, gait disturbance, split leg syndrome and bulbar symptomatology related to vocalisation and breathing, and possibly diffuse fasciculation, characteristic of ALS...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701492/behavioral-variant-frontotemporal-dementia-distinct-phenotypes-with-unique-functional-profiles
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Claire M O'Connor, Ramon Landin-Romero, Lindy Clemson, Cassandra Kaizik, Naomi Daveson, John R Hodges, Sharpley Hsieh, Olivier Piguet, Eneida Mioshi
OBJECTIVE: To identify distinct behavioral phenotypes of behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and to elucidate differences in functional, neuroimaging, and progression to residential care placement. METHODS: Eighty-eight patients with bvFTD were included in a cluster analysis applying levels of disinhibition and apathy (Cambridge Behavioural Inventory-Revised) to identify phenotypic subgroups. Between-group (Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney U) functional differences (Disability Assessment for Dementia) and time to residential care placement (survival analyses) were examined...
July 12, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647556/synapsin-i-phosphorylation-is-dysregulated-by-beta-amyloid-oligomers-and-restored-by-valproic-acid
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Jade Marsh, Saifuddien Haji Bagol, Robin S B Williams, George Dickson, Pavlos Alifragis
Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent form of dementia in the elderly but the precise causal mechanisms are still not fully understood. Growing evidence supports a significant role for Aβ42 oligomers in the development and progression of Alzheimer's. For example, intracellular soluble Aβ oligomers are thought to contribute to the early synaptic dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's disease, but the molecular mechanisms underlying this effect are still unclear. Here, we identify a novel mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the reported synaptic dysfunction...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643811/-from-mild-cognitive-impairment-to-dementia-what-is-the-role-of-public-health
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Nicola Vanacore, Alessandra Di Pucchio, Eleonora Lacorte, Ilaria Bacigalupo, Flavia Mayer, Giulia Grande, Matteo Cesari, Marco Canevelli
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a nosological entity proposed by Petersen in 1999 with the objective of identifying an early stage of dementia. The new diagnostic criteria for dementia, both those promoted by the International Working Group (IWG) and those defined by the National Institute of Aging (NIA), subsequently introduced a new model that starts with a preclinical phase, then proceeds with a prodromal phase, and ends with a phase of dementia. The condition known as subjective cognitive disorder (SCD) is included between the preclinic and the prodromal phases...
May 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631971/rapidly-progressive-dementia-an-unusual-cause
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Aastha Takkar, Veenu Singla, Manish Modi, Vivek Gupta, Manoj K Goyal, Vivek Lal
Brain metastases are known to be present with a history of increased intra-cranial pressure headache, seizures or altered sensorium. Corresponding to the clinical brain metastases are the most feared complication of a systemic cancer. Classically, brain metastases are associated with significant morbidity and are known to present with a history of increased intracranial pressure headache, seizures or altered sensorium. Neuroimaging is usually suggestive of massive peri-lesional edema and mass effect surrounding the space occupying lesions...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628597/integrating-health-promotion-into-physical-therapy-practice-to-improve-brain-health-and-prevent-alzheimer-disease
#7
Ellen McGough, Neva Kirk-Sanchez, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Alzheimer disease is the most common cause of dementia, and brain pathology appears years before symptoms are evident. Primary prevention through health promotion can incorporate lifestyle improvement across the lifespan. Risk factor assessment and identifying markers of disease might also trigger preventive measures needed for high-risk individuals and groups. SUMMARY OF KEY POINTS: Many potential risk factors are modifiable through exercise, and may be responsive to early intervention strategies to reduce the downward slope toward disability...
July 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626409/hiv-associated-cerebellar-dysfunction-and-improvement-with-aminopyridine-therapy-a-case-report
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Carolin Hoyer, Angelika Alonso, Beate Schlotter-Weigel, Michael Platten, Marc Fatar
Apart from infectious causes and cerebellar dysfunction associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrome dementia or HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder, cerebellar dysfunction in HIV-positive individuals has been ascribed to granule cell neuronopathy as well as primary cerebellar atrophy without identifiable etiology. We report the case of a patient with progressive cerebellar dysfunction as the primary manifestation of HIV infection. No symptom improvement was seen under combination antiretroviral therapy, which had been established upon diagnosis, but the patient improved rapidly under 4-aminopyridine treatment, which was recommended 1 year later...
May 2017: Case Reports in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624827/qualitative-assessment-of-verbal-fluency-performance-in-frontotemporal-dementia
#9
Esther van den Berg, Lize C Jiskoot, Mariëlle J H Grosveld, John C van Swieten, Janne M Papma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Verbal fluency is impaired in patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). This study explored qualitative differences in verbal fluency (clustering of words, switching between strategies) between FTD and PPA variants. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with behavioral variant FTD (bvFTD) and 50 with PPA (13 nonfluent/agrammatic, 14 semantic, and 23 logopenic) performed a semantic and letter fluency task. Clustering (number of multiword strings) and switching (number of transitions between clustered and nonclustered words) were recorded by two independent raters...
June 17, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620833/assessment-of-serum-uric-acid-as-risk-factor-for-tauopathies
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Tommaso Schirinzi, Giulia Di Lazzaro, Vito Luigi Colona, Paola Imbriani, Mohammad Alwardat, Giulia Maria Sancesario, Alessandro Martorana, Antonio Pisani
Low levels of serum uric acid (UA) are a risk factor for many neurodegenerative diseases but the role of UA in tauopathies has not been yet fully evaluated. In this study, we assessed the risk associated with serum UA levels in a large group of patients with tauopathies, either primary or secondary. The mean serum UA concentrations of 111 patients with tauopathies (TAU), including 41 with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), 45 with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and 25 with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) were compared to that of 130 controls (CTL)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594853/the-unexpected-co-occurrence-of-grn-and-mapt-p-a152t-in-basque-families-clinical-and-pathological-characteristics
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Fermin Moreno, Begoña Indakoetxea, Myriam Barandiaran, María Cristina Caballero, Ana Gorostidi, Francesc Calafell, Alazne Gabilondo, Mikel Tainta, Miren Zulaica, José F Martí Massó, Adolfo López de Munain, Pascual Sánchez-Juan, Suzee E Lee
BACKGROUND: The co-occurrence of the c.709-1G>A GRN mutation and the p.A152T MAPT variant has been identified in 18 Basque families affected by frontotemporal dementia (FTD). We aimed to investigate the influence of the p.A152T MAPT variant on the clinical and neuropathological features of these Basque GRN families. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We compared clinical characteristics of 14 patients who carried the c.709-1G>A GRN mutation (GRN+/A152T-) with 21 patients who carried both the c...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593829/communication-behaviors-associated-with-successful-conversation-in-semantic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
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Cathleen Taylor-Rubin, Karen Croot, Emma Power, Sharon A Savage, John R Hodges, Leanne Togher
BACKGROUND: Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) affects a range of language and cognitive domains that impact on conversation. Little is known about conversation breakdown in the semantic variant of PPA (svPPA, also known as semantic dementia). This study investigates conversation of people with svPPA. METHODS: Dyadic conversations about everyday activities between seven individuals with svPPA and their partners, and seven control pairs were video recorded and transcribed...
June 8, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592456/csf-sapp%C3%AE-ykl-40-and-neurofilament-light-in-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
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Daniel Alcolea, Eduard Vilaplana, Marc Suárez-Calvet, Ignacio Illán-Gala, Rafael Blesa, Jordi Clarimón, Albert Lladó, Raquel Sánchez-Valle, José L Molinuevo, Guillermo García-Ribas, Yaroslau Compta, María José Martí, Gerard Piñol-Ripoll, Guillermo Amer-Ferrer, Aina Noguera, Ana García-Martín, Juan Fortea, Alberto Lleó
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the clinical utility of 3 CSF biomarkers and their structural imaging correlates in a large cohort of patients with different dementia and parkinsonian syndromes within the spectrum of frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). METHODS: We analyzed 3 CSF biomarkers (YKL-40, soluble β fragment of amyloid precursor protein [sAPPβ], neurofilament light [NfL]) and core Alzheimer disease (AD) biomarkers (β-amyloid1-42, total tau, phosphorylated tau) in patients with FTLD-related clinical syndromes (n = 159): behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (n = 68), nonfluent (n = 23) and semantic (n = 19) variants of primary progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy (n = 28), and corticobasal syndrome (n = 21)...
July 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579383/clinical-and-biological-phenotypes-of-frontotemporal-dementia-perspectives-for-disease-modifying-therapies
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S Gazzina, M A Manes, A Padovani, B Borroni
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is a progressive neurodegenerative condition which encompasses a group of clinically, neuropathologically and genetically heterogeneous disorders characterized by selective involvement of the frontal and temporal lobes. FTD is characterized by changes in behaviour and personality, frontal executive deficits and language dysfunction. Different phenotypes have been defined on the basis of presenting clinical symptoms, behavioural variants of FTD (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA), which includes nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (avPPA) and semantic variant PPA (svPPA)...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575866/catalpol-protects-synaptic-proteins-from-beta-amyloid-induced-neuron-injury-and-improves-cognitive-functions-in-aged-rats
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Zhiming Xia, Fengfei Wang, Shuang Zhou, Rui Zhang, Fushun Wang, Jason H Huang, Erxi Wu, Yongfang Zhang, Yaer Hu
Synapse loss is one of the common factors contributing to cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), which is manifested by the impairment of basic cognitive functions including memory processing, perception, problem solving, and language. The current therapies for patients with cognitive disorders are mainly palliative; thus, regimens preventing and/or delaying dementia progression are urgently needed. In this study, we evaluated the effects of catalpol, isolated from traditional Chinese medicine Rehmannia glutinosa, on synaptic plasticity in aged rat models...
May 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562080/neuroimaging-patterns-along-the-als-ftd-spectrum-a-multiparametric-imaging-study
#16
Taha Omer, Eoin Finegan, Siobhan Hutchinson, Mark Doherty, Alice Vajda, Russell L McLaughlin, Niall Pender, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede
Frontotemporal dementia is associated with considerable clinical, genetic and pathological heterogeneity. The objective of this study is to characterise the imaging signatures of the main FTD phenotypes along the ALS-FTD spectrum. A total of 100 participants underwent comprehensive multimodal neuroimaging, genetic testing and neuropsychological evaluation. Seven patients with behavioural variant FTD (bvFTD), 11 patients with non-fluent-variant primary progressive aphasia (nfvPPA), two patients with sematic-variant primary progressive aphasia(svPPA), 10 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and FTD carrying the C9orf72 hexanucleotide repeat (C9 + ALS-FTD), 10 patients with ALS-FTD without hexanucleotide repeats (C9-ALS-FTD), 20 ALS patients without behavioural or cognitive deficits (ALSnci) and 40 healthy controls (HC) were included in a prospective quantitative neuroimaging study...
May 31, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554264/health-variables-are-informative-in-screening-for-mild-cognitive-impairment-among-elderly-african-americans
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Siny Tsang, Scott A Sperling, Moon-Ho Park, Ira M Helenius, Ishan C Williams, Carol Manning
To aid primary care providers in identifying people at increased risk for cognitive decline, we explored the relative importance of health and demographic variables in detecting potential cognitive impairment using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). Participants were 94 older African Americans coming to see their primary care physicians for reasons other than cognitive complaints. Education was strongly associated with cognitive functioning. Among those with at least 9 years of education, patients with more vascular risk factors were at greater risk for mild cognitive impairment...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549937/is-learning-episodic-memory-distinct-cognitive-and-neuroanatomic-correlates-of-immediate-recall-during-learning-trials-in-neurologically-normal-aging-and-neurodegenerative-cohorts
#18
K B Casaletto, G Marx, S Dutt, J Neuhaus, R Saloner, L Kritikos, B Miller, J H Kramer
Although commonly interpreted as a marker of episodic memory during neuropsychological exams, relatively little is known regarding the neurobehavior of "total learning" immediate recall scores. Medial temporal lobes are clearly associated with delayed recall performances, yet immediate recall may necessitate networks beyond traditional episodic memory. We aimed to operationalize cognitive and neuroanatomic correlates of total immediate recall in several aging syndromes. Demographically-matched neurologically normal adults (n=91), individuals with Alzheimer's disease (n=566), logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA) (n=34), behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (n=97), semantic variant PPA (n=71), or nonfluent/agrammatic variant PPA (n=39) completed a neurocognitive battery, including the CVLT-Short Form trials 1-4 Total Immediate Recall; a majority subset also completed a brain MRI...
May 23, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541543/validation-of-the%C3%A2-d%C3%A3-pistage-cognitif-de-qu%C3%A3-bec-a-new-cognitive-screening-tool-for-atypical-dementias
#19
Robert Laforce, Leila Sellami, David Bergeron, Audrey Paradis, Louis Verret, Marie-Pierre Fortin, Michèle Houde, Martin Roy, Stéphane Poulin, Joël Macoir, Carol Hudon, Rémi W Bouchard
Objective: This study aimed to validate and provide normative data for the Dépistage Cognitif de Québec (DCQ; www.dcqtest.org), a new cognitive screening tool for atypical dementias. Method: The DCQ was developed by expert behavioral neurologists and clinical neuropsychologists based on updated criteria for Alzheimer's disease, primary progressive aphasia, and behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia. It targets five relevant domains: Memory, Visuospatial, Executive, Language, and Behavior...
May 25, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532703/reading-difficulties-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-in-a-regular-language-speaking-cohort-of-patients
#20
Jordi A Matías-Guiu, Fernando Cuetos, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, María Valles-Salgado, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
Reading impairment is an important feature in Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). The Spanish orthography entails completely regular spelling to sound correspondences, so reading disorders may be different to English. In the current study, reading, phonological and semantic abilities of 35 patients with the three variants of PPA, and 13 healthy volunteers were assessed. Brain metabolism was concomitantly obtained from each participant using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging. Two main patterns of impairment were identified: difficulties in nonwords reading with preservation of exception words in agrammatic and logopenic aphasia, and the inverse pattern in semantic dementia...
May 19, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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