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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544768/examining-practical-nursing-experiences-to-discover-ways-in-which-to-retain-and-invigorate-the-remaining-functions-of-the-elderly-with-a-demented-and-complex-disability-in-nursing-homes
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Min-Sun Park, Sun-Young Lim, Eun-Young Kim, Su-Jung Lee, Sung-Ok Chang
AIM: The bedridden elderly with moderate-to-severe dementia account for a large proportion of the residents in nursing homes and form a specialized group requiring customized care in order to encourage their remaining functions, which determine the quality of their residual life. The purpose of this study was to search for ways to invigorate and foster the remaining functions of this complex-disability group, based on practical nursing strategies in nursing homes. METHODS: The qualitative thematic analysis was done by conducting in-depth interviews with 29 nurses working at 11 different nursing homes in South Korea...
May 23, 2017: Japan Journal of Nursing Science: JJNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542444/regional-brain-amyloid-%C3%AE-accumulation-associates-with-domain-specific-cognitive-performance-in-parkinson-disease-without-dementia
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Rizwan S Akhtar, Sharon X Xie, Yin J Chen, Jacqueline Rick, Rachel G Gross, Ilya M Nasrallah, Vivianna M Van Deerlin, John Q Trojanowski, Alice S Chen-Plotkin, Howard I Hurtig, Andrew D Siderowf, Jacob G Dubroff, Daniel Weintraub
Parkinson disease patients develop clinically significant cognitive impairment at variable times over their disease course, which is often preceded by milder deficits in memory, visuo-spatial, and executive domains. The significance of amyloid-β accumulation to these problems is unclear. We hypothesized that amyloid-β PET imaging by 18F-florbetapir, a radiotracer that detects fibrillar amyloid-β plaque deposits, would identify subjects with global cognitive impairment or poor performance in individual cognitive domains in non-demented Parkinson disease patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539636/effect-of-kidney-dysfunction-on-cerebral-cortical-thinning-in-elderly-population
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Chih-Hao Chen, Ya-Fang Chen, Ming-Jang Chiu, Ta-Fu Chen, Ping-Huan Tsai, Jen-Hau Chen, Chung-Jen Yen, Sung-Chun Tang, Shin-Joe Yeh, Yen-Ching Chen
Chronic kidney disease has been linked to cognitive impairment and morphological brain change. However, less is known about the impact of kidney functions on cerebral cortical thickness. This study investigated the relationship between kidney functions and global or lobar cerebral cortical thickness (CTh) in 259 non-demented elderly persons. Forty-three participants (16.7%) had kidney dysfunction, which was defined as either a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of <60 ml/min/1.73 m(2) or presence of proteinuria...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533040/-alzheimer-s-disease-the-importance-of-the-choice-of-words
#4
Muriel Stefanuto, Stéphane Canovas, Marie Khaddar, Stéphane Sanchez, Philippe Denormandie
The terms 'dementia' and 'demented' are frequently used to refer to people with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. Based on the cross-analysis of some observational data (historical, linguistic, legal and medical), it is possible to highlight the risks and the issues related to the terminological choices for patients and health professionals.
May 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527525/age-related-white-matter-integrity-differences-in-oldest-old-without-dementia
#5
Ilana J Bennett, Dana E Greenia, Pauline Maillard, S Ahmad Sajjadi, Charles DeCarli, Maria M Corrada, Claudia H Kawas
Aging is known to have deleterious effects on cerebral white matter, yet little is known about these white matter alterations in advanced age. In this study, 94 oldest-old adults without dementia (90-103 years) underwent diffusion tensor imaging to assess relationships between chronological age and multiple measures of integrity in 18 white matter regions across the brain. Results revealed significant age-related declines in integrity in regions previously identified as being sensitive to aging in younger-old adults (corpus callosum, fornix, cingulum, external capsule)...
April 26, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527315/longitudinal-decline-in-speech-production-in-parkinson-s-disease-spectrum-disorders
#6
Sharon Ash, Charles Jester, Collin York, Olga L Kofman, Rachel Langey, Amy Halpin, Kim Firn, Sophia Dominguez Perez, Lama Chahine, Meredith Spindler, Nabila Dahodwala, David J Irwin, Corey McMillan, Daniel Weintraub, Murray Grossman
We examined narrative speech production longitudinally in non-demented (n=15) and mildly demented (n=8) patients with Parkinson's disease spectrum disorder (PDSD), and we related increasing impairment to structural brain changes in specific language and motor regions. Patients provided semi-structured speech samples, describing a standardized picture at two time points (mean±SD interval=38±24months). The recorded speech samples were analyzed for fluency, grammar, and informativeness. PDSD patients with dementia exhibited significant decline in their speech, unrelated to changes in overall cognitive or motor functioning...
May 17, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522171/brain-correlates-of-progressive-olfactory-loss-in-parkinson-s-disease
#7
Anna Campabadal, Carme Uribe, Barbara Segura, Hugo C Baggio, Alexandra Abos, Anna Isabel Garcia-Diaz, Maria Jose Marti, Francesc Valldeoriola, Yaroslau Compta, Nuria Bargallo, Carme Junque
BACKGROUND: Olfactory dysfunction is present in a large proportion of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) upon diagnosis. However, its progression over time has been poorly investigated. The few available longitudinal studies lack control groups or MRI data. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the olfactory changes and their structural correlates in non-demented PD over a four-year follow-up. METHODS: We assessed olfactory function in a sample of 25 PD patients and 24 normal controls of similar age using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification test (UPSIT)...
May 10, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515054/longitudinal-decline-in-lung-function-among-older-construction-workers
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John M Dement, Laura S Welch, Knut Ringen, Kim Cranford, Patricia Quinn
BACKGROUND: Occupational exposures to vapours, gasses, dusts and fumes (VGDF) and chest X-ray abnormalities by the International Labour Office (ILO) classification system are associated with reduced lung function, with the majority of published studies being cross-sectional. We examined the effects of VGDF exposures, as well as ILO parenchymal changes, pleural plaque and diffuse pleural thickening (DPT) on reduction in lung function in a longitudinal study. METHODS: Chest radiographs and spirometry for 3150 ageing construction workers enrolled in a medical screening programme with a baseline and at least one follow-up examination were studied...
May 17, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511073/preparation-and-evaluation-of-l-and-d-5-18-f-fluorotryptophan-as-pet-imaging-probes-for-indoleamine-and-tryptophan-2-3-dioxygenases
#9
Tang Tang, Herman S Gill, Annie Ogasawara, Jeff N Tinianow, Alexander N Vanderbilt, Simon-Peter Williams, Georgia Hatzivassiliou, Sharla White, Wendy Sandoval, Kevin DeMent, Mengling Wong, Jan Marik
Indoleamine and tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenases (IDO1 and TDO2) are pyrrolases catalyzing the oxidative cleavage of the 2,3-double bond of L-tryptophan in kynurenine pathway. In the tumor microenvironment, their increased activity prevents normal immune function, i.e. tumor cell recognition and elimination by cytotoxic T-cells. Consequently, inhibition of the kynurenine pathway may enhance the activity of cancer immunotherapeutics by reversing immune dysfunction. We sought to investigate the properties of radiolabeled 5-[(18)F]fluorotryptophan with respect to its ability for measuring IDO1 and TDO2 activity by positron emission tomography (PET)...
May 5, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509347/domain-specific-cognitive-impairment-in-non-demented-parkinson-s-disease-psychosis
#10
Jared T Hinkle, Kate Perepezko, Catherine C Bakker, Ted M Dawson, Vanessa Johnson, Zoltan Mari, Cherie L Marvel, Kelly A Mills, Alexander Pantelyat, Olga Pletnikova, Liana S Rosenthal, Melissa D Shepard, Daniel A Stevens, Juan C Troncoso, Jiangxia Wang, Gregory M Pontone
INTRODUCTION: In Parkinson's disease (PD), psychosis is associated with cognitive impairment that may be more profound in particular cognitive domains. Our goal was to determine whether psychosis in non-demented PD participants is associated with domain-specific cognitive impairment on the Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE). METHODS: The Morris K. Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence Longitudinal Study at Johns Hopkins is a prospective study that was initiated in 1998...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509343/the-influence-of-vascular-risk-factors-on-cognitive-function-in-early-parkinson-s-disease
#11
Maxime Doiron, Mélanie Langlois, Nicolas Dupré, Martine Simard
OBJECTIVES: Hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, and obesity are well-established risk factors for cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults. In contrast, previous studies that have assessed the impact of vascular risk factors (VRFs) on cognition in Parkinson's disease (PD) have had methodological limitations and reported conflicting findings. We address this question in a large well-characterized cohort of de novo PD patients. METHODS: A total of 367 untreated and non-demented patients aged 50 years and older with early PD (H&Y = 1...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503706/an-eye-tracker-controlled-cognitive-battery-overcoming-verbal-motor-limitations-in-als
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Barbara Poletti, Laura Carelli, Federica Solca, Annalisa Lafronza, Elisa Pedroli, Andrea Faini, Nicola Ticozzi, Andrea Ciammola, Paolo Meriggi, Pietro Cipresso, Dorothée Lulé, Albert C Ludolph, Giuseppe Riva, Vincenzo Silani
We assessed language, attention, executive, and social cognition abilities in a sample of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) by means of a recently developed cognitive battery based on oculomotor control with eye-tracking (ET) technology. Twenty-one ALS patients and 21 age- and education-matched healthy subjects underwent the ET-based cognitive assessment, together with the standard cognitive screening tools [Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB); Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA); and Digit Sequencing Task]...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498999/the-effect-of-religion-and-spirituality-on-cognitive-function-a-systematic-review
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Shera Hosseini, Ashok Chaurasia, Mark Oremus
Purpose of the Study: The maintenance of cognitive health is an important component of healthy aging. Abnormal cognitive decline can signal the onset of dementing disorders such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Normal cognitive decline can also adversely affect the health of aging populations. We investigated the association between religious/spiritual involvement (R/SI) and cognitive function in adults of any age and any setting. We also examined whether social engagement acts as a mediator or moderator of the effect of R/SI on cognitive function, and whether the association between R/SI and cognitive function differs according to how each of these constructs is measured...
May 12, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494819/mild-cognitive-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-clustering-and-switching-analyses-in-verbal-fluency-test
#14
Iván Galtier, Antonieta Nieto, Jesús N Lorenzo, José Barroso
OBJECTIVES: Mild cognitive impairment is common in non-demented Parkinson disease patients (PD-MCI) and is considered as a risk factor for dementia. Executive dysfunction has been widely described in PD and the Verbal Fluency Tests (VFT) are often used for executive function assessment in this pathology. The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) published guidelines for PD-MCI diagnosis in 2012. However, no investigation has focused on the qualitative analysis of VFT in PD-MCI. The aim of this work was to study the clustering and switching strategies in VFT in PD-MCI patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493654/the-us-food-and-drug-administration-s-perspective-on-the-new-antipsychotic-pimavanserin
#15
Mitchell V Mathis, Brendan M Muoio, Paul Andreason, Amy M Avila, Tiffany Farchione, Aisar Atrakchi, Robert J Temple
OBJECTIVE: To summarize the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) review of the safety and effectiveness for pimavanserin, an atypical antipsychotic, for the treatment of hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease psychosis. We describe the regulatory and clinical issues important to the FDA's approval of this New Drug Application, with special focus on the risk-benefit balance. We also describe a new labeling feature that presents additional efficacy data to clinicians...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486088/the-soluble-transcobalamin-receptor-scd320-in-relation-to-alzheimer-s-disease-and-cognitive-scores
#16
Omar Abuyaman, Marc Combrinck, A David Smith, Ebba Nexo
The soluble transcobalamin receptor (sCD320) is present in cerebrospinal fluid and correlates with the dementia-related biomarkers phospho-tau and total-tau. Here we present data on the relation of sCD320 to Alzheimer's disease and scores of cognitive tests. Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid samples from 42 pathologically-confirmed cases of Alzheimer's disease and 25 non-demented controls were analyzed for sCD320 employing an in-house ELISA. The participants' cognitive functions were tested using the Cambridge Cognition Examination (CAMCOG) and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE)...
May 9, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476012/comparison-of-neurocognitive-function-in-major-depressive-disorder-bipolar-disorder-and-schizophrenia-in-later-life-a-cross-sectional-study-of-euthymic-or-remitted-non-demented-patients-using-the-japanese-version-of-the-brief-assessment-of-cognition-in-schizophrenia
#17
Sayaka Terachi, Takeshi Yamada, Shenghong Pu, Katsutoshi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Matsumura, Koichi Kaneko
Major depressive disorder (MDD), bipolar disorder (BD), and schizophrenia (SZ) are associated with cognitive dysfunction both in adulthood and in later life. In this study, we directly compared neurocognitive function between these three conditions in later life, employing stringent definitions of euthymia and symptomatic remission. Cognitive function in 60 elderly outpatients with MDD, BD, or SZ (20 patients per group) was assessed using the Japanese version of the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia...
April 28, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467602/cross-sectional-associations-of-cortical-%C3%AE-amyloid-with-erythrocyte-membrane-long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-older-adults-with-subjective-memory-complaints
#18
Claudie Hooper, Philipe De Souto Barreto, Pierre Payoux, Anne Sophie Salabert, Sophie Guyonnet, Sandrine Andrieu, Bruno Vellas
Omega-3 (n-3) and 6 (n-6) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) have been associated with reduced cognitive decline in observational studies. Hence, we examined the cross-sectional associations between cortical β-amyloid (Aβ) and erythrocyte membrane PUFAs in 61 non-demented elderly individuals reporting subjective memory complaints from the Multidomain Alzheimer Preventive Trial (MAPT) placebo arm. Cortical-to-cerebellar standard uptake value ratios were obtained using [(18) F] florbetapir positron emission tomography (PET)...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464966/accuracy-of-oncologist-assessments-of-psychiatric-problems-in-cancer-inpatients
#19
Daisuke Yasugi, Hidetaka Tamune, Jitsuki Sawamura, Katsuji Nishimura
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to examine the accuracy of non-psychiatrist assessments of psychiatric problems in cancer patients. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective chart review of cancer patients who were admitted and referred to the consultation-liaison (C-L) team between January of 2011 and December of 2012. The agreement between non-psychiatrist assessments and final diagnoses by attending C-L psychiatrists was estimated for every category of referral assessment using codes from the International Classification of Mental and Behavioral Disorders (10th revision)...
May 3, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457809/circulating-inflammatory-biomarkers-in-relation-to-brain-structural-measurements-in-a-non-demented-elderly-population
#20
Yian Gu, Robert Vorburger, Nikolaos Scarmeas, José A Luchsinger, Jennifer J Manly, Nicole Schupf, Richard Mayeux, Adam M Brickman
The aim of this investigation was to determine whether circulating inflammatory biomarkers c-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6 (IL6), and alpha 1-antichymotrypsin (ACT) were related to structural brain measures assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). High-resolution structural MRI was collected on 680 non-demented elderly (mean age 80.1years) participants of a community-based, multiethnic cohort. Approximately three quarters of these participants also had peripheral inflammatory biomarkers (CRP, IL6, and ACT) measured using ELISA...
April 27, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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