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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436192/predictors-of-non-pharmacological-intervention-effect-on-cognitive-function-and-behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-of-older-people-with-dementia
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Ting-Jung Hsu, Hui-Te Tsai, An-Chun Hwang, Liang-Yu Chen, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: Our previous work showed that non-pharmacological interventions could effectively reduce the severity of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), while the factors influencing the effect of intervention were less explored. Therefore, the main purpose of the present study was to investigate the predictors of the non-pharmacological intervention effect for old veterans with dementia and BPSD. METHODS: A total of 141 old veterans with dementia living in two veterans' homes in northern Taiwan were recruited...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433550/evaluation-of-a-telephone-delivered-community-based-collaborative-care-management-program-for-caregivers-of-older-adults-with-dementia
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Shahrzad Mavandadi, Laura O Wray, Suzanne DiFilippo, Joel Streim, David Oslin
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether a community-based, telephone-delivered, brief patient/caregiver-centered collaborative dementia care management intervention is associated with improved caregiver and care recipient (CR) outcomes. DESIGN: Longitudinal program evaluation of a clinical intervention; assessments at baseline and 3- and 6-month follow-up. SETTING: General community. PARTICIPANTS: Caregivers (N = 440) of older, community-dwelling, low-income CRs prescribed a psychotropic medication by a primary care provider who met criteria for dementia and were enrolled in the SUpporting Seniors Receiving Treatment And INtervention (SUSTAIN) program for older adults...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431515/the-effectiveness-of-creating-an-online-life-story-book-on-persons-with-early-dementia-and-their-informal-caregivers-a-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Teuntje R Elfrink, Sytse U Zuidema, Miriam Kunz, Gerben J Westerhof
BACKGROUND: Dementia has a high burden for patients, informal caregivers and society. Given changes in care systems, more persons with dementia will live longer at home. However, living at home (with dementia) with a good quality of life is not easy to achieve. Dementia is often accompanied by neuropsychiatric symptoms like apathy, agitation, depression, and anxiety, which have a negative impact on quality of life. Whereas cognitive deterioration can hardly be influenced, it is possible to reduce neuropsychiatric symptoms...
April 21, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430672/lamotrigine-uses-in-psychiatric-practice-beyond-bipolar-prophylaxis-a-hope-or-hype
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Ahmed Naguy, Najah Al-Enezi
BACKGROUND: Lamotrigine (LAM), an antiepileptic, with panoply of indications and uses in neurology, is FDA approved, in psychiatry, for bipolar prophylaxis. Apart from this indication, trend of its use in psychiatry is on the rise addressing a multitude of disorders. STUDY QUESTION: LAM remains one of only few psychotropic drugs with antiglutamate activity. This might render LAM a potential therapeutic option in treatment-resistant major psychiatric disorders. We reviewed LAM pharmacology and its diverse indications while examining the extant evidence...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422371/effects-of-m1-and-m4-activation-on-excitatory-synaptic-transmission-in-ca1
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Catherine Thorn, Michael Popiolek, Eda Stark, Jeremy Edgerton
Hippocampal networks are particularly susceptible to dysfunction in many neurodegenerative diseases and neuropsychiatric disorders including Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, and schizophrenia. CA1, a major output region of the hippocampus, receives glutamatergic input from both hippocampal CA3 and entorhinal cortex, via the Schaffer collateral (SC) and temporoammonic (TA) pathways, respectively. SC and TA inputs to CA1 are thought to be differentially involved in the retrieval of previously stored memories versus the encoding of novel information, and switching between these two crucial hippocampal functions is thought to critically depend on acetylcholine (ACh) acting at muscarinic receptors...
April 19, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421896/anosognosia-and-its-relation-to-psychiatric-symptoms-in-early-onset-alzheimer-disease
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Bora Yoon, Yong S Shim, Yun Jeong Hong, Seong Hye Choi, Hee Kyung Park, Sun Ah Park, Jee Hyang Jeong, Soo Jin Yoon, Dong-Won Yang
BACKGROUND: We investigated differences in the prevalence of anosognosia and neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPSs) characteristics according to disease severity in patients with early-onset Alzheimer disease (EOAD). METHODS: We recruited 616 patients with EOAD. We subdivided participants into 2 groups based on the presence or absence of anosognosia and then again by Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) scale. We compared the differences in the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) scores according to anosognosia and disease severity...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420385/frontotemporal-dementia-as-a-comorbidity-to-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-inph-a-short-review-of-literature-and-an-unusual-case
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REVIEW
V E Korhonen, E Solje, N M Suhonen, T Rauramaa, R Vanninen, A M Remes, V Leinonen
Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) are neurodegenerative diseases that can present with similar symptoms. These include decline in executive functions, psychomotor slowness, and behavioural and personality changes. Ventricular enlargement is a key radiological finding in iNPH that may also be present in bvFTD caused by the C9ORF72 expansion mutation. Due to this, bvFTD has been hypothesized as a potential comorbidity to iNPH but bvFTD patients have never been identified in studies focusing in clinical comorbidities with iNPH...
April 19, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418586/simulated-presence-therapy-for-dementia
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REVIEW
Iosief Abraha, Joseph M Rimland, Isabel Lozano-Montoya, Giuseppina Dell'Aquila, Manuel Vélez-Díaz-Pallarés, Fabiana M Trotta, Alfonso J Cruz-Jentoft, Antonio Cherubini
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a common and serious neuropsychiatric syndrome, characterised by progressive cognitive and functional decline. The majority of people with dementia develop behavioural disturbances, also known as behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). Several non-pharmacological interventions have been evaluated to treat BPSD in people with dementia. Simulated presence therapy (SPT), an intervention that uses video or audiotape recordings of family members played to the person with dementia, is a possible approach to treat BPSD...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418163/psychometric-properties-of-the-apathy-evaluation-scale-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Ulrike Lueken, Ricarda Evens, Monika Balzer-Geldsetzer, Simon Baudrexel, Richard Dodel, Susanne Gräber-Sultan, Rüdiger Hilker-Roggendorf, Elke Kalbe, Oliver Kaut, Brit Mollenhauer, Kathrin Reetz, Eva Schäffer, Nele Schmidt, Jörg B Schulz, Annika Spottke, Karsten Witt, Katharina Linse, Alexander Storch, Oliver Riedel
Parkinson's disease (PD) frequently entails non-motor symptoms, worsening the course of the disease. Apathy is one of the core neuropsychiatric symptoms that has been investigated in recent years; research is however hampered by the limited availability of well-evaluated apathy scales for these patients. We evaluated the psychometric properties of the Apathy Evaluation Scale (AES) in a sample of PD patients. Psychometric properties, convergent and discriminant validity and sensitivity/specificity were evaluated in patients with (n = 582) or without dementia/depression (n = 339)...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418065/vitamin-e-for-alzheimer-s-dementia-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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REVIEW
Nicolas Farina, David Llewellyn, Mokhtar Gad El Kareem Nasr Isaac, Naji Tabet
BACKGROUND: Vitamin E occurs naturally in the diet. It has several biological activities, including functioning as an antioxidant to scavenge toxic free radicals. Evidence that free radicals may contribute to the pathological processes behind cognitive impairment has led to interest in the use of vitamin E supplements to treat mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). This is an update of a Cochrane Review first published in 2000, and previously updated in 2006 and 2012...
April 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416031/behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-of-dementia-prevalence-symptom-groups-and-their-correlates-in-community-based-older-adults-with-dementia-in-singapore
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Janhavi Ajit Vaingankar, Siow Ann Chong, Edimansyah Abdin, Louisa Picco, Anitha Jeyagurunathan, Esmond Seow, Li Ling Ng, Martin Prince, Mythily Subramaniam
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the prevalence and factor structure of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) in a community-based sample of older adults with dementia and identified their correlates. METHODS: Data collected from 399 Singapore residents with dementia aged 60 years and above, interviewed along with a family/friend during a national survey, were used for this analysis. Neuropsychiatric Inventory Questionnaire assessed older adults' BPSD...
April 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416030/prevalence-neurobiology-and-treatments-for-apathy-in-prodromal-dementia
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Chelsea Sherman, Celina S Liu, Nathan Herrmann, Krista L Lanctôt
BACKGROUND: Apathy, characterized by diminished motivation, is a highly prevalent neuropsychiatric symptom in dementia. However, there is a substantial knowledge gap with regard to prevalence rates, neurobiological underpinnings, and effective treatments for apathy in pre-dementia states, including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and mild behavioral impairment (MBI). METHODS: We conducted a comprehensive literature search using MEDLINE, Embase, and PsycINFO databases to identify available research on apathy in prodromal dementia...
April 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416027/pharmacological-and-non-pharmacological-treatment-preferences-of-healthcare-professionals-and-proxies-for-challenging-behaviors-in-patients-with-dementia
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Sarah I Janus, Jeannette G van Manen, Janine A van Til, Sytse U Zuidema, Maarten J IJzerman
BACKGROUND: Prescribing antipsychotics to patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms is a matter of concern. Physicians have to make treatment decisions for patients with dementia together with proxies and/or nurses. However, it is unknown whether physicians, nurses, and proxies' treatment preferences are aligned; hence this study. METHODS: Sixteen treatment attributes were selected to elicit the preferences of physicians and nurses. Ten of these attributes were used for the proxies...
April 18, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410856/regional-18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-hypometabolism-is-associated-with-higher-apathy-scores-over-time-in-early-alzheimer-disease
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Jennifer R Gatchel, Nancy J Donovan, Joseph J Locascio, J Alex Becker, Dorene M Rentz, Reisa A Sperling, Keith A Johnson, Gad A Marshall
OBJECTIVES: Apathy is among the earliest and most pervasive neuropsychiatric symptoms in prodromal and mild Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia that correlates with functional impairment and disease progression. We investigated the association of apathy with regional 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) metabolism in cognitively normal, mild cognitive impairment, and AD dementia subjects from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative database. DESIGN: Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409049/rivastigmine-as-a-symptomatic-treatment-for-apathy-in-parkinson-s-dementia-complex-new-aspects-for-this-riddle
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Rita Moretti, Paola Caruso, Matteo Dal Ben
Over 90% of PDD patients show at least one neuropsychiatric symptom (NPS); in the 60-70% two or more NPS are present. Their incidence is important in terms of prognosis and severity of pathology. However, among all NPS, apathy is often the most disturbing, associated with greater caregiver's burden. Similar to other NPS, apathy may be due to a dysfunction of the nigrostriatal pathway, even though, not all the PD patients become apathetic, indicating that apathy should not entirely be considered a dopamine-dependent syndrome, and in fact it might also be related to acetylcholine defects...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408165/alterations-in-protein-phosphorylation-in-the-amygdala-of-the-5xfamilial-alzheimer-s-disease-animal-model
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Eun-Jeong Yang, Usman Mahmood, Hyunju Kim, Moonseok Choi, Yunjung Choi, Jean-Pyo Lee, Moon-Jeong Chang, Hye-Sun Kim
Alzheimer's disease is the most common disease underlying dementia in humans. Two major neuropathological hallmarks of AD are neuritic plaques primarily composed of amyloid beta peptide and neurofibrillary tangles primarily composed of hyperphosphorylated tau. In addition to impaired memory function, AD patients often display neuropsychiatric symptoms and abnormal emotional states such as confusion, delusion, manic/depressive episodes and altered fear status. Brains from AD patients show atrophy of the amygdala which is involved in fear expression and emotional processing as well as hippocampal atrophy...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403621/examining-factors-affecting-caregiver-burden-a-comparison-of-frontotemporal-dementia-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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Özlem Küçükgüçlü, Burcu Akpınar Söylemez, Görsev Yener, Canan Demir Barutcu, Merve Aliye Akyol
This study was conducted to compare the caregiver burden with regard to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and to determine the factors affecting the caregiver burden of patients with AD and FTD. A comparative descriptive study design was used. The sample consisted of 90 patients with AD and 44 patients with FTD and their caregivers. Sociodemographic questionnaire, Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), and Functional Activities Questionnaire (FAQ) were used...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400839/effects-of-inhalation-aromatherapy-on-symptoms-of-sleep-disturbance-in-the-elderly-with-dementia
#18
Ai Takeda, Emiko Watanuki, Sachiyo Koyama
This study investigated the effects of inhalation aromatherapy on sleep disturbance in elderly individuals with dementia. In 19 subjects, normal sleep was observed for a 20-day control period, inhalation aromatherapy was then applied for a 20-day intervention period, and the control and intervention periods were compared. During the intervention period, essential oils were placed nightly on towels around the subjects' pillows. The measured sleep conditions were sleep latency, total sleep time, sleep efficacy, duration of the longest sustained sleep period, wake time after sleep onset, early morning awakening, total daytime sleep, and the Neuropsychiatric Inventory...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385034/voices-of-spouses-living-with-partners-with-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-related-to-dementia
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Marie Tyrrell, Pernilla Hillerås, Kirsti Skovdahl, Bjöörn Fossum, Dorota Religa
Persons with dementia, who reside in their own homes, are often cared for by family members. The presence of a family career is said to have a protective effect, postponing admissions to residential care. The majority of persons with dementia develop behavioural and personality changes during the disease trajectory also known as neuropsychiatric symptoms. Quality of life for both the person with neuropsychiatric symptoms and their careers are affected, increasing suffering and risk for hospitalisation and admission to long-term residential care...
January 1, 2017: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383687/neuropsychiatric-symptoms-in-alzheimer-s-disease-associations-with-caregiver-burden-and-treatment-outcomes
#20
Chao Tung Chen, Chiung-Chih Chang, Wen-Neng Chang, Nai-Wen Tsai, Chih-Cheng Huang, Ya-Ting Chang, Hung-Chen Wang, Chia-Te Kung, Yu-Jih Su, Wei-Che Lin, Ben-Chung Cheng, Chih-Min Su, Sheng-Yuan Hsiao, Che-Wei Hsu, Cheng-Hsien Lu
Background: Caregivers play a major role in providing care for patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and are themselves at higher risk of health comorbidities. Aim: To address the impact of neuropsychiatric symptoms of patients in different stages of AD on their caregivers' burden. Design: This prospective study enrolled 260 AD patients with clinical dementia rating of 0.5, 1, and 2 at a tertiary medical center. Methods: All patients were tested using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument (CASI), the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), and the Clinical Dementia Rating scale (CDR)...
April 5, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
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