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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349584/-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-in-geriatrics-indications-technique-and-complications
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Rainer Wirth
The technique of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) was introduced in 1979 as a semi-invasive approach for children with the need for a gastric fistula in order to avoid an operative intervention. The suture pull-through method was rapidly established and is now omnipresent. Because scientific evidence is broadly missing, there is some uncertainty about the indications in geriatric medicine. Guidelines do not recommend the insertion of a PEG in patients with severe dementia and malnutrition. Tube feeding is mainly recommended as a temporary method for patients who cannot take oral nutrition for more than 3 days or for whom the energy intake for more than 10 days presumably covers less than 50% of their needs, assuming that the overall prognosis is reasonable...
January 18, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343976/epidemiology-associated-burden-and-current-clinical-practice-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-alzheimer-s-disease-in-japan
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REVIEW
William Montgomery, Kaname Ueda, Margaret Jorgensen, Shari Stathis, Yuanyuan Cheng, Tomomi Nakamura
The burden of dementia in Japan is large and growing. With the world's fastest aging population, it is estimated that one in five elderly people will be living with dementia in Japan by 2025. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease (AD), accounting for around two-thirds of dementia cases. A systematic review was conducted to examine the epidemiology and associated burden of AD in Japan and to identify how AD is diagnosed and managed in Japan. English and Japanese language databases were searched for articles published between January 2000 and November 2015...
2018: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343195/caring-for-a-family-member-or-friend-with-dementia-at-the-end-of-life-a-scoping-review-and-implications-for-palliative-care-practice
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Timothy R Broady, Freya Saich, Tom Hinton
BACKGROUND: Although people with dementia receive substantial care from informal sources, there is limited research available that investigates how these carers experience end-of-life care. AIM: This review aimed to identify what is currently known about carers' experiences of providing end-of-life care to a family member or friend with dementia and draw implications for palliative care policy and service provision. DESIGN: A scoping literature review was conducted, first using a targeted key word search, followed by assessments of eligibility based on title and then abstract content...
January 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340569/associations-of-the-top-20-alzheimer-disease-risk-variants-with-brain-amyloidosis
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Liana G Apostolova, Shannon L Risacher, Tugce Duran, Eddie C Stage, Naira Goukasian, John D West, Triet M Do, Jonathan Grotts, Holly Wilhalme, Kwangsik Nho, Meredith Phillips, David Elashoff, Andrew J Saykin
Importance: Late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) is highly heritable. Genome-wide association studies have identified more than 20 AD risk genes. The precise mechanism through which many of these genes are associated with AD remains unknown. Objective: To investigate the association of the top 20 AD risk variants with brain amyloidosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study analyzed the genetic and florbetapir F 18 data from 322 cognitively normal control individuals, 496 individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and 159 individuals with AD dementia who had genome-wide association studies and 18F-florbetapir positron emission tomographic data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a prospective, observational, multisite tertiary center clinical and biomarker study...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338602/sequential-drug-treatment-algorithm-for-agitation-and-aggression-in-alzheimer-s-and-mixed-dementia
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Simon Jc Davies, Amer M Burhan, Donna Kim, Philip Gerretsen, Ariel Graff-Guerrero, Vincent L Woo, Sanjeev Kumar, Sarah Colman, Bruce G Pollock, Benoit H Mulsant, Tarek K Rajji
INTRODUCTION: Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) include agitation and aggression in people with dementia. BPSD is common on inpatient psychogeriatric units and may prevent individuals from living at home or in residential/nursing home settings. Several drugs and non-pharmacological treatments have been shown to be effective in reducing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Algorithmic treatment may address the challenge of synthesizing this evidence-based knowledge...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337452/-neurology
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Isabelle Chopard, David Benninger, Jean-François Demonet, Renaud Du Pasquier, Lorenz Hirt, Thierry Kuntzer, Patrik Michel, Bernard Nater, Jan Novy, Andrea Rossetti, Olivier Rouaud, Philippe Ryvlin, Myriam Schluep, Marie Theaudin
Ocrelizumab (Ocrevus), an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, has been approved for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Eculizumab (Soliris) has been approved in several countries for refractory forms of generalized seropositive severe myasthenia gravis. A form of gene therapy, patisiran, has shown positive results in transthyretin familial amyloidosis. In the treatment of headaches, particularly migraines, non-pharmacological approaches have shown some interesting results. The criteria for Lewy body dementia have been revised...
January 10, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336907/a-palliative-approach-to-falls-in-advanced-dementia
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REVIEW
Andrea Iaboni, Karen Van Ooteghem, Meghan N Marcil, Amy Cockburn, Alastair J Flint, Daphna Grossman, Ron Keren
Falls are viewed as a preventable cause of injury, functional loss, and death in older adults with dementia, and have been used as a marker of quality of care in long-term care facilities. Despite intensive intervention around fall prevention in these settings, falls and injury remain frequent, particularly among residents in the advanced stages of dementia. In this clinical review, we consider the common challenges and pitfalls in both the management of falls and the provision of palliative care in advanced dementia...
December 11, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336167/does-personal-experience-of-dementia-change-attitudes-the-bristol-and-south-gloucestershire-survey-of-dementia-attitudes
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Richard Cheston, Jude Hancock, Paul White
Background It is unclear how attitudes towards people with dementia are formed and whether, for instance, increased contact with people with dementia, either through work or personal experience alters attitudes. This study used a validated questionnaire (the Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire) to examine whether having experience of dementia (either as a result of work, or by being affected by dementia) is associated with differences in attitudes towards dementia. Methods A modified version of the Approaches to Dementia Questionnaire was completed by 2201 participants, either online or in written form...
January 1, 2018: Dementia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335318/longitudinal-effect-of-stroke-on-cognition-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Eugene Yh Tang, Obreniokibo Amiesimaka, Stephanie L Harrison, Emma Green, Christopher Price, Louise Robinson, Mario Siervo, Blossom Cm Stephan
BACKGROUND: Stroke is associated with an increased risk of dementia; however, the impact of stroke on cognition has been found to be variable, such that stroke survivors can show decline, remain stable, or revert to baseline cognitive functioning. Knowing the natural history of cognitive impairment after stroke is important for intervention. The aim of this systematic review is to investigate the longitudinal course of cognitive function in stroke survivors. METHODS AND RESULTS: Three electronic databases (Medline, Embase, PsycINFO) were searched using OvidSP from inception to July 15, 2016...
January 15, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334498/evidence-based-interpretation-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-pet-results-a-clinician-s-tool
#10
David Bergeron, Rik Ossenkoppele, Robert Jr Laforce
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-β positron emission tomography (PET) allows for in vivo detection of fibrillar amyloid plaques, a pathologic hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, amyloid-β PET interpretation is limited by the imperfect correlation between PET and autopsy, and the fact that it is positive in about 20% to 30% of cognitively normal individuals and non-AD dementias, especially when older or carrying the ε4 allele of apolipoprotein E (ApoE4). When facing a positive amyloid PET, clinicians have to evaluate the probability of a pathologic false positive as well as the probability of amyloid positivity being age-related, comorbid to a primary non-AD dementia (clinicopathologic false positive)...
January 12, 2018: Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327206/brain-photobiomodulation-therapy-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Farzad Salehpour, Javad Mahmoudi, Farzin Kamari, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Seyed Hossein Rasta, Michael R Hamblin
Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy using red to near-infrared (NIR) light is an innovative treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychological conditions. Red/NIR light is able to stimulate complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (cytochrome c oxidase) and increase ATP synthesis. Moreover, light absorption by ion channels results in release of Ca2+ and leads to activation of transcription factors and gene expression. Brain PBM therapy enhances the metabolic capacity of neurons and stimulates anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant responses, as well as neurogenesis and synaptogenesis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325619/clinical-approach-to-the-patient-with-neurogenetic-disease
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Thomas D Bird, Corrie O Smith
Neurogenetic diseases are surprisingly common. This chapter reviews a systematic approach to the evaluation of a patient thought to have such a disease. The emphasis is on first recognizing potential clues to the diagnosis contained in the family history and presentation of symptoms. Ataxia, neuropathy, muscle weakness, dementia, epilepsy, and cognitive delay are all "reservoirs" of neurogenetic disease. A high index of suspicion for genetic causes and a thoughtful evaluation of simplex (sporadic) cases is often necessary...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324989/synaptic-markers-of-cognitive-decline-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-a-proteomic-approach
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Erika Bereczki, Rui M Branca, Paul T Francis, Joana B Pereira, Jean-Ha Baek, Tibor Hortobágyi, Bengt Winblad, Clive Ballard, Janne Lehtiö, Dag Aarsland
Cognitive changes occurring throughout the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases are directly linked to synaptic loss. We used in-depth proteomics to compare 32 post-mortem human brains in the prefrontal cortex of prospectively followed patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease with dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and older adults without dementia. In total, we identified 10 325 proteins, 851 of which were synaptic proteins. Levels of 25 synaptic proteins were significantly altered in the various dementia groups...
January 9, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322577/i-just-can-t-please-them-all-and-stay-sane-adult-child-caregivers-experiences-of-family-dynamics-in-care-giving-for-a-parent-with-dementia-in-australia
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Gemma Tatangelo, Marita McCabe, Ashley Macleod, Anastasia Konis
Family caregivers of people with dementia who live within the community often experience stress and poor quality of life due to their care-giving role. While there are many factors that affect this, one influential factor is the family context. This study focussed on adult child caregivers. It examined the specific ways that family dynamics contribute to adult child caregivers' distress in the context of caring for a parent with dementia. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 participants who were adult child primary caregivers for a parent with dementia who was living within the community...
January 11, 2018: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319920/employee-attitudes-toward-aggression-in-persons-with-dementia-readiness-for-wider-adoption-of-person-centered-frameworks
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Vanessa Louise Burshnic, Natalie Douglas, Robert Michael Barker
INTRODUCTION: Implementing person-centered care requires shared attitudes, beliefs, and values among all care employees. Existing research has failed to examine the attitudes of non-nursing employees. AIM: This study examined attitudes toward aggression among nursing and non-nursing employees to address gaps in existing research and assess readiness for wider adoption of person-centered frameworks. METHOD: The Management of Aggression in People with Dementia Attitude Questionnaire was used to survey attitudes of employees in Michigan-based nursing homes...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319813/testing-the-implementation-of-the-veder-contact-method-a-theatre-based-communication-method-in-dementia-care
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Petra Boersma, Julia C M van Weert, Birgit I Lissenberg-Witte, Berno van Meijel, Rose-Marie Dröes
Background and Objectives: There is a lack of research on implementation of person-centered care in nursing home care. The purpose of this study was to assess the implementation of the Veder contact method (VCM), a new person-centered method using theatrical, poetic and musical communication for application in 24-hr care. Research Design and Methods: Caregivers (n = 136) and residents (n = 141) participated in a 1-year quasi-experimental study. Foundation Theater Veder implemented VCM on six experimental wards and rated implementation quality...
January 8, 2018: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319337/reliable-change-and-minimum-clinically-important-difference-mcid-of-the-repeatable-battery-for-the-assessment-of-neuropsychology-status-rbans-in-a-heterogeneous-dementia-sample-support-for-reliable-change-methods-but-not-the-mcid
#17
Megan E O'Connell, Benjamin Gould, Jake Ursenbach, Joe Enright, Debra G Morgan
We compare reliable change scores and recently published anchor-based cutoffs for minimum clinically important difference (MCID) for the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) in a sample of patients diagnosed with various forms of dementia. For memory clinic patients with dementia evaluated twice over a one-year interval (N = 53), observed retest RBANS index scores were compared with predicted retest index scores based on regression formulae developed from cognitively healthy older adults...
January 10, 2018: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318971/-phenserine-and-inhibiting-pre-programmed-cell-death-in-pursuit-of-a-novel-intervention-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Robert E Becker, Nigel H Greig, Debomoy K Lahiri, Joseph Bledsoe, Sarah Majercik, Clive Ballard, Dag Aarsland, Lon S Schneiderh, Douglas Flanagan, Ramprakash Govindarajani, Mary Sano, Luigi Ferrucci, Dimitrios Kapogiannisk
BACKGROUND: Concussion (mild) and other moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) share overlapping neuropathologies, including neuronal pre-programmed cell death (PPCD), and clinical impairments and disabilities. Multiple clinical trials targeting mechanisms based on the Amyloid Hypothesis of AD have so far failed, indicating that it is prudent for new drug developments to also pursue mechanisms independent of the Amyloid Hypothesis. To address these issue, we have proposed the use of an animal model of concussion/TBI as a supplement to AD transgenic mice to provide an indication of an AD drug candidate's potential for preventing PPCD and resulting progression towards dementia in AD...
January 10, 2018: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318592/falls-in-cognitively-impaired-older-adults-implications-for-risk-assessment-and-prevention
#19
Manuel Montero-Odasso, Mark Speechley
OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of the role of cognition in falls, with potential implications for managing and preventing falls in older adults. DESIGN: Review. SETTING: Observational and interventional studies addressing the role of cognition on falls. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling older adults (65 years and older). MEASUREMENTS: The relationship between gait and cognition in aging and neurodegeneration was reviewed in the medical literature to highlight the role of brain motor control deficits in fall risk...
January 10, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317807/pain-assessment-in-impaired-cognition-paic-content-validity-of-the-dutch-version-of-a-new-and-universal-tool-to-measure-pain-in-dementia
#20
Annelore H van Dalen-Kok, Wilco P Achterberg, Wieke E Rijkmans, Sara A Tukker-van Vuuren, Suzanne Delwel, Henrica Cw de Vet, Frank Lobbezoo, Margot Wm de Waal
Objectives: Detection and measurement of pain in persons with dementia by using observational pain measurement tools is essential. However, the evidence for the psychometric properties of existing observational tools remains limited. Therefore, a new meta-tool has been developed: Pain Assessment in Impaired Cognition (PAIC), as a collaborative EU action. The aim is to describe the translation procedure and content validity of the Dutch version of the PAIC. Methods: Translation of the PAIC into Dutch followed the forward-backward approach of the Guidelines for Establishing Cultural Equivalence of Instruments...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
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