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Michael K Yeung, Sophia L Sze, Jean Woo, Timothy Kwok, David H K Shum, Ruby Yu, Agnes S Chan
BACKGROUND: Some functional magnetic resonance imaging studies have reported altered activations in the frontal cortex during working memory (WM) performance in individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), but the findings have been mixed. The objective of the present study was to utilize near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), an alternative imaging technique, to examine neural processing during WM performance in individuals with MCI. METHODS: Twenty-six older adults with MCI (7 males; mean age 69...
October 27, 2016: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Alexander Pfeil, Laura Krojniak, Diane M Renz, Lisa Reinhardt, Marcus Franz, Peter Oelzner, Gunter Wolf, Joachim Böttcher
BACKGROUND: BoneXpert (BX) is a newly developed medical device based on digital X-ray radiogrammetry to measure human cortical bone thickness. The aim of this study was to quantify cortical bone loss of the metacarpals in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and compare these findings with other radiological scoring methods. METHODS: The study includes 104 patients with verified PsA. The BX method was used to measure the Metacarpal Index (MCI) at the metacarpal bones (II-IV)...
October 25, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
McI Van Schalkwyk, R H Westbrook, J O'Beirne, A Wright, A Gonzalez, M A Johnson, S Kinloch-de Loës
We are not aware of a report detailing the complex obstetrical and medical management of twin pregnancy in the context of HIV infection and early post-liver transplantation period. Here we describe the successful outcome of a twin pregnancy in a 28-year-old HIV-positive female receiving antiretroviral therapy and immunosuppressive therapy who was the recipient of a liver transplant for previous drug-induced liver failure.
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virus Eradication
Laila Khedher, Ignacio A Illán, Juan M Górriz, Javier Ramírez, Abdelbasset Brahim, Anke Meyer-Baese
Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) systems constitute a powerful tool for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but limitations on interpretability and performance exist. In this work, a fully automatic CAD system based on supervised learning methods is proposed to be applied on segmented brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from Alzheimer's disease neuroimaging initiative (ADNI) participants for automatic classification. The proposed CAD system possesses two relevant characteristics: optimal performance and visual support for decision making...
July 22, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
Julia Reinfelder, Torsten Kuwert, Michael Beck, James C Sanders, Philipp Ritt, Christian Schmidkonz, Peter Hennig, Olaf Prante, Michael Uder, Bernd Wullich, Peter Goebell
AIM: Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is overexpressed in most prostate cancers (PCs). Here, we report our first experience using the Tc-labeled PSMA inhibitor MIP-1404 (Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Tarrytown, NY) in 60 patients with biochemically recurrent PC. METHODS: Whole-body planar scintigraphy and SPECT/CT of the lower abdominal pelvic region of 60 patients with biochemical relapse of PC were analyzed retrospectively. In these subjects, an average dose of 733...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Nicole M Gatto, Kimberly C Paul, Janet S Sinsheimer, Jeff M Bronstein, Yvette Bordelon, Rebecca Rausch, Beate Ritz
We and others have suggested that vitamin D receptor gene (VDR) polymorphisms influence susceptibility for Parkinson's disease (PD), Alzheimer's disease (AD), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or overall cognitive functioning. Here we examine VDR polymorphisms and cognitive decline in patients with PD. Non-Hispanic Caucasian PD patients (n=190) in the Parkinson Environment Gene (PEG) study were successfully genotyped for seven VDR polymorphisms. Cognitive function was assessed with the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) at baseline and at a maximum of three follow-up exams...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Monica Cabrero, Alejandro Martin, Javier Briones, Jorge Gayoso, Isidro Jarque, Javier López, Carlos Grande, Inmaculada Heras, Reyes Arranz, Teresa Bernal, Estefania Perez-Lopez, Oriana López-Godino, Eulogio Conde, Dolores Caballero
We designed a phase-II clinical trial including Y-90-ibritumomab-tiuxetan as part of a reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic stem cell transplant (AlloSCT) in high-risk NHL (Clinical Trials Identifier: NCT00644371). Eligible patients were high-risk relapsed/refractory aggressive lymphoma. Conditioning regimen consisted of rituximab 250 mg (days -21 and -14), Y-90 ibritumomab IV (0.4 mCi/kg, day -14), fludarabine 30 mg/m(2) IV (days -3 and -2) plus melphalan 70 mg/m(2) IV (days -3 and -2) or one dose of melphalan and thiotepa 5 mg/kg (day -8)...
October 19, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Bonnie Au, Sydney Dale-McGrath, Mary C Tierney
OBJECTIVE: More women have Alzheimer's disease (AD) than men. Understanding sex differences in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may further knowledge of AD etiology and prevention. We conducted a meta-analysis to examine sex differences in the prevalence and incidence of MCI, which included amnestic and non-amnestic subtypes. METHOD: Systematic searches were performed in July 2015 using MEDLINE/PubMed, Scopus, and PsycINFO for population-or community-based studies with MCI data for men and women...
October 19, 2016: Ageing Research Reviews
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Dementia prevalence estimates vary among population-based studies, depending on the definitions of dementia, methodologies and data sources and types of costs they use. A common approach is needed to avoid confusion and increase public and stakeholder confidence in the estimates. Since 1994, five major studies have yielded widely differing estimates of dementia prevalence and monetary costs of dementia in Canada. These studies variously estimated the prevalence of dementia for the year 2011 as low as 340 170 and as high as 747 000...
October 2016: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
Dennis Chan, Laura Marie Gallaher, Kuven Moodley, Ludovico Minati, Neil Burgess, Tom Hartley
This protocol describes the administration of the 4 Mountains Test (4MT), a short test of spatial memory, in which memory for the topographical layout of four mountains within a computer-generated landscape is tested using a delayed match-to-sample paradigm. Allocentric spatial memory is assessed by altering the viewpoint, colors and textures between the initially presented and target images. Allocentric spatial memory is a key function of the hippocampus, one of the earliest brain regions to be affected in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and impairment of hippocampal function predates the onset of dementia...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Katherine Amy Lin, Colin Rundel, P Murali Doraiswamy
BACKGROUND: Prior studies have noted gender differences in cognition, imaging, and pathological markers in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subjects. Sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), a major controlling factor in the proportion of bioavailable versus bound testosterone and estrogen, has been proposed to contribute to links between hormones and dementia, but has not yet been investigated fully in a prospective biomarker trial. OBJECTIVE: This study examined whether, among subjects with MCI, SHBG levels predict future rate of cognitive decline...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Rabeea'h W Aslam, Vickie Bates, Yenal Dundar, Juliet Hounsome, Marty Richardson, Ashma Krishan, Rumona Dickson, Angela Boland, Eleanor Kotas, Joanne Fisher, Sudip Sikdar, Louise Robinson
BACKGROUND: Cognitive impairment is a growing public health concern, and is one of the most distinctive characteristics of all dementias. The timely recognition of dementia syndromes can be beneficial, as some causes of dementia are treatable and are fully or partially reversible. Several automated cognitive assessment tools for assessing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early dementia are now available. Proponents of these tests cite as benefits the tests' repeatability and robustness and the saving of clinicians' time...
October 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Robert S C Amaral, Min Tae M Park, Gabriel A Devenyi, Vivian Lynn, Jon Pipitone, Julie Winterburn, Sofia Chavez, Mark Schira, Nancy Lobaugh, Aristotle N Voineskos, Jens C Pruessner, M Mallar Chakravarty
Recently, much attention has been focused on the definition and structure of the hippocampus and its subfields, while the projections from the hippocampus have been relatively understudied. Here, we derive a reliable protocol for manual segmentation of hippocampal white matter regions (alveus, fimbria, and fornix) using high-resolution magnetic resonance images that are complementary to our previous definitions of the hippocampal subfields, both of which are freely available at
October 17, 2016: NeuroImage
Xiaoniu Liang, Ding Ding, Qianhua Zhao, Qihao Guo, Jianfeng Luo, Zhen Hong
BACKGROUND: The smell sense reduction was considered to represent the potentially warning of early stage of neurodegenerative disorders. The Shanghai Aging Study provided us a unique opportunity to explore the association between olfactory identification (OI) and cognitive function among community-dwelling elderly in China. METHODS: OI of each participant was measured by the 12-item identification tests from Sniffin' Sticks Screening test (SSST-12). Participants with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) were diagnosed by Petersen criteria...
October 20, 2016: BMC Neurology
Mohsen Qutbi, Babak Shafeie, Mahasti Amoui, Faraj Tabeie, Zahra Azizmohammadi, Ali Mahmoud-Pashazadeh, Hamid Javadi, Majid Assadi, Isa Neshandar Asli
BACKGROUND: Because one of the major sites for metastasis of thyroid cancers is the lung, studying the pattern of pulmonary metastasis may provide useful information for the effective treatment of these patients. In this study, by assessing the metastasis pattern, we aimed to identify the factors that may affect prognosis and response to treatment in patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) with pulmonary metastasis. METHODS: This retrospective study included 75 patients with DTC with pulmonary metastasis who were referred to our nuclear medicine section over a period of 10 years...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
K Rygiel
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease, in which an accumulation of toxic amyloid beta in the brain precedes the emergence of clinical symptoms. AD spectrum consists of presymptomatic, early symptomatic, and symptomatic phase of dementia. At present, no pharmacotherapy exists to modify or reverse a course of AD, and only symptomatic treatments are available. Many elderly patients, diagnosed with multiple medical conditions (such as cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cerebrovascular diseases) are at increased risk of the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), AD, and vascular dementia...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Denise D Walker, Robert S Stephens, Claire E Blevins, Kelsey E Banes, Lauren Matthews, Roger A Roffman
OBJECTIVE: Brief interventions for adolescent marijuana users offered in schools reach users who would not otherwise present for treatment. The current study builds on previous trials of a school-based, 2-session motivational enhancement therapy (MET) intervention by adding periodic, brief motivational check-ins to reinforce gains and bolster motivation. METHOD: Adolescent participants were randomly assigned to a motivational check-in (MCI; n = 128) or assessment-only check-in (ACI; n = 124) comparison condition...
November 2016: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Mahar Fatima, Bharat Prajapati, Kanza Saleem, Rina Kumari, Chitra Mohindar Singh Singal, Pankaj Seth
Astroglia are indispensable component of the tripartite synapse ensheathing innumerous soma and synapses. Its proximity to neurons aids the regulation of neuronal functions, health and survival through dynamic neuroglia crosstalk. Susceptibility of astrocyte to HIV-1 infection and subsequent latency culminates in compromised neuronal health. The viral protein HIV-1 transactivator of transcription (Tat) is neurotoxic. HIV-1 Tat is detected in brain of AIDS patients even in cases where viral load is non-detectable due to successful HAART therapy...
October 20, 2016: Glia
Emily C Edmonds, Joel Eppig, Mark W Bondi, Kelly M Leyden, Bailey Goodwin, Lisa Delano-Wood, Carrie R McDonald
OBJECTIVE: We investigated differences in regional cortical thickness between previously identified empirically derived mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subtypes (amnestic MCI, dysnomic MCI, dysexecutive/mixed MCI, and cluster-derived normal) in order to determine whether these cognitive subtypes would show different patterns of cortical atrophy. METHODS: Participants were 485 individuals diagnosed with MCI and 178 cognitively normal individuals from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative...
October 19, 2016: Neurology
James C Lee, Paula Chang, Simon Grodski, Meei Yeung, William Johnson, Jonathan Serpell
BACKGROUND: The American Thyroid Association (ATA) management guidelines for thyroid cancer were revised in 2009. The aim of this study was to determine if management of thyroid cancer in our institution has changed in accordance with the introduction of the revised ATA guidelines (ATA(2009) ), and to compare the characteristics and management of thyroid cancer in a Melbourne endocrine surgery unit over a 7-year period. METHODS: All patients treated by the Monash University Endocrine Surgery Unit for thyroid cancer between 2007 and 2013 were divided into two groups - the pre-ATA(2009) group (2007-2010) and the post-ATA(2009) group (2011-2013)...
October 18, 2016: ANZ Journal of Surgery
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