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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337552/clinical-utility-of-resting-state-functional-connectivity-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-mood-and-cognitive-disorders
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REVIEW
T Takamura, T Hanakawa
Although functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has long been used to assess task-related brain activity in neuropsychiatric disorders, it has not yet become a widely available clinical tool. Resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) has been the subject of recent attention in the fields of basic and clinical neuroimaging research. This method enables investigation of the functional organization of the brain and alterations of resting-state networks (RSNs) in patients with neuropsychiatric disorders. Rs-fMRI does not require participants to perform a demanding task, in contrast to task fMRI, which often requires participants to follow complex instructions...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337511/-dementia-in-the-focus-of-health-research-a%C3%A2-comparative-analysis-of-current-ageing-studies
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Kristin Illiger, Ulla Walter, Frauke Koppelin
Health research on an increasingly aging population calls for careful consideration of aging-associated phenomena, such as dementia. Accounting for such diseases is a necessary step for gaining a view of health in the elderly. It is moreover imperative to gather data on subjects' mental limitations in surveys to better evaluate the validity of answers disclosed by elderly participants. This article discusses the availability of data on individuals suffering from dementia in national studies on aging. It centers on the question of how surveys respond to the challenge of diagnosing dementia...
March 23, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335698/person-centered-communication-for-nursing-home-residents-with-dementia
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Kristine N Williams, Yelena Perkhounkova, Ying-Ling Jao, Ann Bossen, Maria Hein, Sophia Chung, Anne Starykowicz, Margaret Turk
Person-centered communication recognizes the individual as a person and responds to the individual's feelings, preferences, and needs. This secondary analysis tested four interdisciplinary strategies to measure changes in person-centered communication used by nursing home staff following an intervention. Thirty-nine nursing assistants were recruited from 11 nursing homes and participated in the three-session Changing Talk communication training. Video recordings were collected at baseline, immediately postintervention, and at 3-month follow-up...
March 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332736/dementia-related-restlessness-relationship-to-characteristics-of-persons-with-dementia-and-family-caregivers
#4
Natalie G Regier, Laura N Gitlin
OBJECTIVE: Dementia-related restlessness is commonly endorsed by caregivers but not well understood. This study examines differences in characteristics (demographics, cognitive status, physical function, pain, and mood) of persons with dementia whose caregivers endorse restlessness versus those who do not. We also examine the relationship of restlessness to caregiver well-being including burden, upset with behaviors, mastery, and depressive symptomatology. METHODS: We combined baseline data from three caregiver intervention studies of community-dwelling persons with dementia who exhibited neuropsychiatric symptoms (n = 569) as measured by the Agitated Behaviors in Dementia Scale...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332351/metabolism-centric-overview-of-the-pathogenesis-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#5
REVIEW
Somang Kang, Yong Ho Lee, Jong Eun Lee
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a degenerative brain disease and the most common cause of dementia. AD is characterized by the extracellular amyloid beta (Aβ) plaques and intraneuronal deposits of neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs). Recently, as aging has become a familiar phenomenon around the world, patients with AD are increasing in number. Thus, many researchers are working toward finding effective therapeutics for AD focused on Aβ hypothesis, although there has been no success yet. In this review paper, we suggest that AD is a metabolic disease and that we should focus on metabolites that are affected by metabolic alterations to find effective therapeutics for AD...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331324/update-on-the-treatment-of-parkinson-s-disease-psychosis-role-of-pimavanserin
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REVIEW
Brianna L Combs, Arthur G Cox
Parkinson's disease (PD) has a prevalence of nearly 1 million people in the USA, with increasing incidence in the elderly population. Generally, the age of presentation is between 55 and 65 years, with the likelihood of diagnosis increasing as patients reach the age of 80 years or above. Some of the common treatments for PD increase dopamine levels in the brain. Dopaminergic therapy helps to improve motor and non-motor symptoms, but it is not without risks. Dopaminergic therapy can cause confusion, delirium, and psychotic-like behavior...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330850/neither-vitamin-e-nor-selenium-prevents-dementia-researchers-find
#7
Jacqui Wise
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 21, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330546/-reminiscence-therapy-may-increase-subjective-well-being-in-persons-with-dementia
#8
Marie Kirk, Dorthe Berntsen
Reminiscence therapy is a popular psychosocial method in dementia care aiming at increasing subjective well-being through sharing memories from one's personal past. This article summarizes findings from the past decades of research based on three reviews which, despite mixed findings, methodological inconsistencies and conceptual vagueness in the field, overall report reminiscence therapy to be a potentially effective psychosocial intervention with regard to increasing subjective well-being.
March 20, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330543/-vascular-dementia
#9
Kristian Steen Frederiksen
Vascular dementia comprises a heterogeneous group of conditions covering a range of clinical and neuropathological presentations of cerebrovascular disease-causing dementia. Vascular dementia is a common occurrence, but many questions regarding the disease remain unanswered. Recently, proposed criteria focus on constructing an overarching disease concept, which captures both pre-dementia stages and the clinical and neuropathological heterogeneity. Future research should focus on identifying subtypes with distinct pathophysiological mechanisms in order to facilitate treatment development...
March 20, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330379/patient-self-defined-goals
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Sandra Ellen Schellinger, Eric Worden Anderson, Monica Schmitz Frazer, Cindy Lynn Cain
This research, a descriptive qualitative analysis of self-defined serious illness goals, expands the knowledge of what goals are important beyond the physical-making existing disease-specific guidelines more holistic. Integration of goals of care discussions and documentation is standard for quality palliative care but not consistently executed into general and specialty practice. Over 14 months, lay health-care workers (care guides) provided monthly supportive visits for 160 patients with advanced heart failure, cancer, and dementia expected to die in 2 to 3 years...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329857/-play-and-people-living-with-dementia-a-humanities-based-inquiry-of-timeslips-and-the-alzheimer-s-poetry-project
#11
Aagje Swinnen, Kate de Medeiros
This paper is a humanities-based inquiry, applying Huizinga's framework of homo ludens ("man the player") to consider "play" in the context of two participatory arts programs (TimeSlips and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project) for people living with dementia. "Play," according to this Dutch historian, is at the heart of human activity and what gives meaning to life. Despite empirical research on play across the life course, play in dementia care is a relatively new idea. In addition, there is a dearth of reports based on humanistic inquiry which has slightly different goals than the growing body of qualitative and quantitative studies of participatory arts interventions...
January 18, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329835/machine-learning-sentiment-analysis-and-tweets-an-examination-of-alzheimer-s-disease-stigma-on-twitter
#12
Nels Oscar, Pamela A Fox, Racheal Croucher, Riana Wernick, Jessica Keune, Karen Hooker
Objectives: Social scientists need practical methods for harnessing large, publicly available datasets that inform the social context of aging. We describe our development of a semi-automated text coding method and use a content analysis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia portrayal on Twitter to demonstrate its use. The approach improves feasibility of examining large publicly available datasets. Method: Machine learning techniques modeled stigmatization expressed in 31,150 AD-related tweets collected via Twitter's search API based on 9 AD-related keywords...
March 2, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329827/the-influence-of-the-physical-envirnment-on-residents-with-dementia-in-long-term-care-settings-a-review-of-the-empirical-literature
#13
Habib Chaudhury, Heather A Cooke, Heather Cowie, Leila Razaghi
Background and Objectives: The physical environment in long-term care facilities has an important role in the care of residents with dementia. This paper presents a literature review focusing on recent empirical research in this area and situates the research with therapeutic goals related to the physical environment. Research Design and Methods: A comprehensive literature search was conducted in Ageline, PsychINFO, CINAHL, Medline and Google Scholar databases to identify relevant articles...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328492/digital-tracking-of-cognitive-decline-researchers-are-co-opting-computers-in-their-efforts-to-detect-early-signs-of-dementia
#14
Michele Solis
Pinpointing where healthy brain aging leaves off and dementia begins is difficult. Is a slip in memory an expected outcome for a too-busy person or a warning of something else? If an empty-nester loses the motivation to cook, is it a sign that the person is enjoying retirement after a lifetime spent cooking or an early sign of a cognitive decline?
March 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328043/csf-tau-and-the-csf-tau-abeta-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-dementia-and-other-dementias-in-people-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci
#15
REVIEW
Craig Ritchie, Nadja Smailagic, Anna H Noel-Storr, Obioha Ukoumunne, Emma C Ladds, Steven Martin
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that measurable change in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers occurs years in advance of the onset of clinical symptoms (Beckett 2010). In this review, we aimed to assess the ability of CSF tau biomarkers (t-tau and p-tau) and the CSF tau (t-tau or p-tau)/ABeta ratio to enable the detection of Alzheimer's disease pathology in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These biomarkers have been proposed as important in new criteria for Alzheimer's disease dementia that incorporate biomarker abnormalities...
March 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327120/where-s-the-evidence-a-systematic-review-of-economic-analyses-of-residential-aged-care-infrastructure
#16
Tiffany Easton, Rachel Milte, Maria Crotty, Julie Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: Residential care infrastructure, in terms of the characteristics of the organisation (such as proprietary status, size, and location) and the physical environment, have been found to directly influence resident outcomes. This review aimed to summarise the existing literature of economic evaluations of residential care infrastructure. METHODS: A systematic review of English language articles using AgeLine, CINAHL, Econlit, Informit (databases in Health; Business and Law; Social Sciences), Medline, ProQuest, Scopus, and Web of Science with retrieval up to 14 December 2015...
March 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327088/the-development-and-preliminary-psychometric-properties-of-two-positive-psychology-outcome-measures-for-people-with-dementia-the-ppom-and-the-eid-q
#17
Charlotte R Stoner, Martin Orrell, Maria Long, Emese Csipke, Aimee Spector
BACKGROUND: Positive psychology research in dementia care has largely been confined to the qualitative literature because of the lack of robust outcome measures. The aim of this study was to develop positive psychology outcome measures for people with dementia. METHODS: Two measures were each developed in four stages. Firstly, literature reviews were conducted to identify and operationalise salient positive psychology themes in the qualitative literature and to examine existing measures of positive psychology...
March 21, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327041/autoimmune-disease-linked-with-increased-dementia-risk
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(no author information available yet)
Autoimmune disease could be linked to a heightened risk of dementia, say researchers from the University of Oxford.
March 22, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326896/investigating-the-effect-of-regional-native-accents-on-sentence-comprehension-in-children-with-language-impairment
#19
Pauline Frizelle, Jennifer Harte, Paul Fletcher, Fiona Gibbon
PURPOSE: Research has shown that accent variation can affect typically developing (TD) children's understanding of language, as well as that of children with speech difficulties, neuro-typical adults and those with aphasia and dementia. This study aims to investigate the effect of regional native accents on sentence comprehension in children with language impairment (LI), an area not previously explored. METHOD: Forty-three children with LI (mean age 6.04) and forty-five younger TD children (mean age 4...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
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
#20
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
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