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Hua Zhang, Hongxia Liu, Yuanli Dong, Juan Wang, Yingxin Zhao, Yi Cui, Qiang Chai, Zhendong Liu
The association of hemodynamics with cognitive impairment and white matter lesions (WMLs) has come to the foreground in recent years. Six hundred eighty-nine elderly participants aged ≥60 years were eligible enrolled. After an average of 5.4 years follow-up, there was a significant decline in Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) scores and increases in total white matter hyperintensities (WMH), periventricular (P)WMH, and deep (D)WMH ( P < 0.001). The participants were grouped by the tertiles of carotid mean wall shear stress (WSS)...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Yan Liang, Yang-Kun Chen, Vincent Chung-Tong Mok, De-Feng Wang, Gabor S Ungvari, Winnie Chiu-Wing Chu, Hee-Ju Kang, Wai-Kwong Tang
Objective: All types of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) markers including lacune, white matter hyperintensities (WMH), cerebral microbleeds, and perivascular spaces were found to be associated with poststroke depressive symptoms (PDS). This study explored whether the combination of the four markers constituting an overall SVD burden was associated with PDS. Methods: A cohort of 563 patients with acute ischemic stroke were followed over a 15-month period after the index stroke. A score of ≥7 on the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale was defined as clinically significant PDS...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Charlotte Zerna, Amy Y X Yu, Jayesh Modi, Shiel K Patel, Jonathan I Coulter, Eric E Smith, Shelagh B Coutts
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: White matter lesions (WML) are associated with cognitive decline, increased stroke risk, and disability in old age. We hypothesized that superimposed acute cerebrovascular occlusion on chronic preexisting injury (leukoaraiosis) leads to worse outcome after minor cerebrovascular event, both using quantitative (volumetric) and qualitative (Fazekas scale) assessment, as well as relative total brain volume. METHODS: WML volume assessment was performed in 425 patients with high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA; motor/speech deficits >5 minutes) or minor strokes from the CATCH study (CT and MRI in the Triage of TIA and Minor Cerebrovascular Events to Identify High Risk Patients)...
March 14, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
R Guerrero, C Qin, O Oktay, C Bowles, L Chen, R Joules, R Wolz, M C Valdés-Hernández, D A Dickie, J Wardlaw, D Rueckert
White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are a feature of sporadic small vessel disease also frequently observed in magnetic resonance images (MRI) of healthy elderly subjects. The accurate assessment of WMH burden is of crucial importance for epidemiological studies to determine association between WMHs, cognitive and clinical data; their causes, and the effects of new treatments in randomized trials. The manual delineation of WMHs is a very tedious, costly and time consuming process, that needs to be carried out by an expert annotator (e...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
So Young Moon, Philipe de Souto Barreto, Yves Rolland, Marie Chupin, Ali Bouyahia, Ludovic Fillon, Jean François Mangin, Sandrine Andrieu, Matteo Cesari, Bruno Vellas
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the relationship of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) with decline in lower extremity function (LEF) over approximately 3 years in dementia-free older adults with memory complaints. METHODS: We obtained brain MRI data from 458 community-dwelling adults, aged 70 years or over, at baseline, and from 358 adults over an average follow-up of 963 days. We evaluated LEF using the Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB). We related baseline WMH volumes and progression to SPPB scores over time, using mixed-effect linear regressions...
March 9, 2018: Neurology
Muhammad Febrian Rachmadi, Maria Del C Valdés-Hernández, Maria Leonora Fatimah Agan, Carol Di Perri, Taku Komura
We propose an adaptation of a convolutional neural network (CNN) scheme proposed for segmenting brain lesions with considerable mass-effect, to segment white matter hyperintensities (WMH) characteristic of brains with none or mild vascular pathology in routine clinical brain magnetic resonance images (MRI). This is a rather difficult segmentation problem because of the small area (i.e., volume) of the WMH and their similarity to non-pathological brain tissue. We investigate the effectiveness of the 2D CNN scheme by comparing its performance against those obtained from another deep learning approach: Deep Boltzmann Machine (DBM), two conventional machine learning approaches: Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Random Forest (RF), and a public toolbox: Lesion Segmentation Tool (LST), all reported to be useful for segmenting WMH in MRI...
February 17, 2018: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
Yeerfan Jiaerken, Xiao Luo, Xinfeng Yu, Peiyu Huang, Xiaojun Xu, Minming Zhang
Our purpose is to evaluate the microstructural and metabolism property in the white matter that later become white matter hyperintensity (WMH), and of WMH that later disappeared. Forty subjects with two-year follow-up were included. Each subject had 3DT1, T2FLAIR, DTI and FDG-PET scans. White matter was classified into: constant WMH, growing WMH, shrinking WMH and normal appearing white matter (NAWM). The average DTI (FA and MD) and FDG-PET (standardized FDG-PET rSUV) of each of the above-mentioned region were extracted and compared...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Vanessa Scarapicchia, Erin L Mazerolle, John D Fisk, Lesley J Ritchie, Jodie R Gawryluk
Background: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that may benefit from early diagnosis and intervention. Therefore, there is a need to identify early biomarkers of AD using non-invasive techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Recently, novel approaches to the analysis of resting-state fMRI data have been developed that focus on the moment-to-moment variability in the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) signal. The objective of the current study was to investigate BOLD variability as a novel early biomarker of AD and its associated psychophysiological correlates...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Mara Ten Kate, Carole H Sudre, Anouk den Braber, Elles Konijnenberg, Michel G Nivard, M Jorge Cardoso, Philip Scheltens, Sébastien Ourselin, Dorret I Boomsma, Frederik Barkhof, Pieter Jelle Visser
Cerebral white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) have been associated with vascular risk factors, both of which are under genetic influence. We examined in a monozygotic twin sample whether the association between vascular risk and WMHs is influenced by overlapping genetic factors. We included 195 cognitively normal monozygotic twins (age = 70 ± 7 years), including 94 complete pairs. Regional WMH load was estimated using an automated algorithm. Vascular risk was summarized with the Framingham score. The within-twin pair correlation for total WMHs was 0...
February 10, 2018: Neurobiology of Aging
Matthew MacGregor Sharp, Diederik Bulters, Sebastian Brandner, Janice Holton, Ajay Verma, David J Werring, Roxana O Carare
Aβ, amyloid beta, CAA, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, CT, computed tomographic scanning, IPAD, intramural periarterial drainage, ISF, interstitial fluid, MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, PVS, perivascular spaces, WMH, white matter hyperintensities.Cerebral white matter hyperintensities (WMH) observed on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or low attenuation on computed tomographic scanning (CT), are the most frequent brain imaging finding in patients with small vessel disease or dementia. It has been assumed that WMH are due to arteriosclerosis or blood-brain barrier breakdown, though recently it was demonstrated that WMH have distinct molecular signatures in Alzheimer's disease (AD) where markers of Wallerian degeneration are present, compared to normal ageing [1]...
February 27, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
S Y Moon, P de Souto Barreto, M Cesari, M Chupin, J F Mangin, A Bouyahia, L Fillon, S Andrieu, B Vellas
OBJECTIVES: Since physical activity (PA) has demonstrated benefits for cardiovascular health, it is possible to hypothesize that higher or increasing PA slows the progression of white matter hyperintensities (WMH). We investigated the association between PA and the progression of WMH in non-demented older adults with memory complaints. DESIGN: We included 152 participants (mean age 74.7±3.8 years; 63.8% women) in the analyses, in whom information on self-reported PA and MRI was available at both baseline and 3-year follow-up...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Kate M Scott, Sukanta Saha, Carmen C W Lim, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Ali Al-Hamzawi, Jordi Alonso, Corina Benjet, Evelyn J Bromet, Ronny Bruffaerts, José Miguel Caldas-de-Almeida, Giovanni de Girolamo, Peter de Jonge, Louisa Degenhardt, Silvia Florescu, Oye Gureje, Josep M Haro, Chiyi Hu, Elie G Karam, Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Sing Lee, Jean-Pierre Lepine, Zeina Mneimneh, Fernando Navarro-Mateu, Marina Piazza, José Posada-Villa, Nancy A Sampson, Juan Carlos Stagnaro, Ronald C Kessler, John J McGrath
BACKGROUND: Previous work has identified associations between psychotic experiences (PEs) and general medical conditions (GMCs), but their temporal direction remains unclear as does the extent to which they are independent of comorbid mental disorders. METHODS: In total, 28 002 adults in 16 countries from the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Surveys were assessed for PEs, GMCs and 21 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) mental disorders...
February 26, 2018: Psychological Medicine
Margaret McLafferty, Siobhan O'Neill, Sam Murphy, Cherie Armour, Finola Ferry, Brendan Bunting
Childhood adversities are key etiological factors in the onset and persistence of psychopathology. In Northern Ireland the Troubles also impacted on the population's psychological health. This study used data from the Northern Ireland Study of Health and Stress a collaborative epidemiological study which used the WMH-CIDI to assess mental health disorders in a nationally representative sample (Part 2, n = 1986). The aims of the study were to assess co-occurrences of childhood adversities and investigate the impact of adversity profiles and conflict experience on psychopathology and suicidal behaviour...
February 12, 2018: Psychiatry Research
Yanan Zhu, Saima Hilal, Yuek L Chai, M K Ikram, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Christopher P Chen, Mitchell K P Lai
Background: While hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is known to exert cell growth, migration and morphogenic effects in various organs, recent studies suggest that HGF may also play a role in synaptic maintenance and cerebrovascular integrity. Although increased levels of HGF have been reported in brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), it is unclear whether peripheral HGF may be associated with cerebrovascular disease (CeVD) and dementia. In this study, we examined the association of baseline serum HGF with neuroimaging markers of CeVD in a cohort of pre-dementia (cognitive impaired no dementia, CIND) and AD patients...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Hideto Joki, Yuichi Higashiyama, Yoshiharu Nakae, Chiharu Kugimoto, Hiroshi Doi, Katsuo Kimura, Hitaru Kishida, Naohisa Ueda, Tatsu Nakano, Tatsuya Takahashi, Shigeru Koyano, Hideyuki Takeuchi, Fumiaki Tanaka
BACKGROUND: In dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and Parkinson's disease with dementia (PDD), it is still debated whether white matter hyperintensities (WMH) on MRI reflect atherosclerotic cerebrovascular changes or Alzheimer's disease (AD)-related pathology such as cerebral amyloid angiopathy. To examine AD-related pathology in DLB and PDD, we compared the severity of WMH and medial temporal lobe atrophy among patients with DLB, PDD, non-demented PD (PDND), and AD. METHODS: We retrospectively studied sex- and age-matched outpatients with AD, DLB, PDD, and PDND, as well as subjects without central nervous system disorders as normal controls (n=50 each)...
February 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Jeroen de Bresser, Hugo J Kuijf, Karlijn Zaanen, Max A Viergever, Jeroen Hendrikse, Geert Jan Biessels
Cerebral small vessel disease is a heterogeneous disease in which various underlying etiologies can lead to different types of white matter hyperintensities (WMH). WMH shape features might aid in distinguishing these different types. In this proof of principle study in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), we present a novel approach to assess WMH using shape features. Our algorithm determines WMH volume and different WMH shape and location features on 3T MRI scans. These features were compared between patients with T2DM (n = 60) and a matched control group (n = 54)...
January 30, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ding Ding, Yunyun Xiong, Qianhua Zhao, Qihao Guo, Shuguang Chu, Winnie W C Chu, Jianfeng Luo, Xiaoniu Liang, Li Zheng, Zhen Hong, Lawrence K S Wong, Vincent C T Mok
BACKGROUND: Unlike western countries, data on white matter hyperintensity (WMH) in community dwelling elderly in Asian population is very limited. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relation between baseline WMH burden and the risk of incident cognitive decline in a community-based cohort with Chinese-dwelling elderly. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated the incident cognitive decline for 226 participants in the Shanghai Aging Study. Baseline WMH severity was visually rated by the age-related white matter changes (ARWMC) scale based on MRI...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Walter Swardfager, Hugo Cogo-Moreira, Mario Masellis, Joel Ramirez, Nathan Herrmann, Jodi D Edwards, Mahwesh Saleem, Parco Chan, Di Yu, Sean M Nestor, Christopher J M Scott, Melissa F Holmes, Demetrios J Sahlas, Alexander Kiss, Paul I Oh, Stephen C Strother, Fuqiang Gao, Bojana Stefanovic, Julia Keith, Sean Symons, Richard H Swartz, Krista L Lanctôt, Donald T Stuss, Sandra E Black
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between white matter hyperintensities (WMH) presumed to indicate disease of the cerebral small vessels, temporal lobe atrophy, and verbal memory deficits in Alzheimer disease (AD) and other dementias. METHODS: We recruited groups of participants with and without AD, including strata with extensive WMH and minimal WMH, into a cross-sectional proof-of-principle study (n = 118). A consecutive case series from a memory clinic was used as an independent validation sample (n = 702; Sunnybrook Dementia Study; NCT01800214)...
January 26, 2018: Neurology
Daniela Pinter, Stuart J Ritchie, Thomas Gattringer, Mark E Bastin, Maria Del C Valdés Hernández, Janie Corley, Susana Muñoz Maniega, Alison Pattie, David A Dickie, Alan J Gow, John M Starr, Ian J Deary, Christian Enzinger, Franz Fazekas, Joanna Wardlaw
We aimed to assess whether and how changes in brain volume and increases in white matter hyperintensity (WMH) volume over three years predict gait speed and its change independently of demographics, vascular risk factors and physical status. We analyzed 443 individuals from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, at mean age 73 and 76 years. Gait speed at age 76 was predicted by age, grip strength and body mass index at mean age 73, three-year brain volume decrease and WMH volume increase, explaining 26.1% of variance...
January 20, 2018: Aging
Jordi Alonso, Zhaorui Liu, Sara Evans-Lacko, Ekaterina Sadikova, Nancy Sampson, Somnath Chatterji, Jibril Abdulmalik, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, Ali Al-Hamzawi, Laura H Andrade, Ronny Bruffaerts, Graça Cardoso, Alfredo Cia, Silvia Florescu, Giovanni de Girolamo, Oye Gureje, Josep M Haro, Yanling He, Peter de Jonge, Elie G Karam, Norito Kawakami, Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Sing Lee, Daphna Levinson, Maria Elena Medina-Mora, Fernando Navarro-Mateu, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Marina Piazza, José Posada-Villa, Margreet Ten Have, Zahari Zarkov, Ronald C Kessler, Graham Thornicroft
BACKGROUND: Anxiety disorders are a major cause of burden of disease. Treatment gaps have been described, but a worldwide evaluation is lacking. We estimated, among individuals with a 12-month DSM-IV (where DSM is Diagnostic Statistical Manual) anxiety disorder in 21 countries, the proportion who (i) perceived a need for treatment; (ii) received any treatment; and (iii) received possibly adequate treatment. METHODS: Data from 23 community surveys in 21 countries of the World Mental Health (WMH) surveys...
January 22, 2018: Depression and Anxiety
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