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Executive Functions and Cerebral Small-Vessel Disease

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126 papers 0 to 25 followers A collection of papers describing executive dysfunction (and related dysfunctions of intellective capacity) emerging from age related sub & cortical vasculopathies
J E F Moonen, J C Foster-Dingley, A A van den Berg-Huijsmans, W de Ruijter, A J M de Craen, J van der Grond, R C van der Mast
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Small vessel disease is a major cause of neurocognitive dysfunction in the elderly. Small vessel disease may manifest as white matter hyperintensities, lacunar infarcts, cerebral microbleeds, and atrophy, all of which are visible on conventional MR imaging or as microstructural changes determined by diffusion tensor imaging. This study investigated whether microstructural integrity is associated with neurocognitive dysfunction in older individuals, irrespective of the conventional features of small vessel disease...
September 22, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Chih-Ping Chung, Kun-Hsien Chou, Wei-Ta Chen, Li-Kuo Liu, Wei-Ju Lee, Liang-Kung Chen, Ching-Po Lin, Pei-Ning Wang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Different distributions of cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are associated with distinct pathological mechanisms. Lobar CMBs are thought to be related to cerebral amyloid angiopathy, whereas deep or infratentorial CMBs are related to hypertensive vasculopathy. The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of CMBs and their locations on a variety of cognitive domains. METHODS: Study subjects were selected from the community-based I-Lan Longitudinal Aging Study...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Raffaella Valenti, Alessandra Del Bene, Anna Poggesi, Andrea Ginestroni, Emilia Salvadori, Giovanni Pracucci, Laura Ciolli, Sandro Marini, Serena Nannucci, Marco Pasi, Francesca Pescini, Stefano Diciotti, Giovanni Orlandi, Mirco Cosottini, Alberto Chiti, Mario Mascalchi, Ubaldo Bonuccelli, Domenico Inzitari, Leonardo Pantoni
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are a neuroimaging expression of small vessel disease (SVD). We investigated in a cohort of SVD patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI): 1) the reliability of the Microbleed Anatomical Rating Scale (MARS); 2) the burden and location of CMBs and their association with cognitive performances, independent of other clinical and neuroimaging features. METHODS: Patients underwent clinical, neuropsychological (4 cognitive domains), and MRI assessments...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Zhaolu Wang, Susanne J van Veluw, Adrian Wong, Wenyan Liu, Lin Shi, Jie Yang, Yunyun Xiong, Alexander Lau, Geert Jan Biessels, Vincent C T Mok
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It was recently demonstrated that cerebral microinfarcts (CMIs) can be detected in vivo using 3.0 tesla (T) magnetic resonance imaging. We investigated the prevalence, risk factors, and the longitudinal cognitive consequence of cortical CMIs on 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging, in patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack. METHODS: A total of 231 patients undergoing 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging were included. Montreal Cognitive Assessment was used to evaluate global cognitive functions and cognitive domains (memory, language, and attention visuospatial and executive functions)...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Jean-Marc Orgogozo, Anne-Sophie Rigaud, Albrecht Stöffler, Hans-Jorgen Möbius, Françoise Forette
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Based on the hypothesis of glutamate-induced neurotoxicity (excitotoxicity) in cerebral ischemia, this study examined the efficacy and tolerability of memantine, an uncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist, in the treatment of mild to moderate vascular dementia. METHODS: In this multicenter, 28-week trial carried out in France, 321 patients received 10 mg/d memantine or placebo twice a day; 288 patients were valid for intent-to-treat analysis...
July 2002: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Hans Jörg Möbius, Albrecht Stöffler
The uncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist memantine was tested against placebo in two randomized controlled trials. In total, 900 patients suffering from mild-to-moderate "probable" VaD (according to NINDS-AIREN criteria) were included. In these prospective, 2-arm parallel, multicenter trials conducted in the United Kingdom (MMM500) and in France (MMM300), patients suffering from "probable" vascular dementia (according to NINDS-AIREN criteria) were recruited. Active treatment in both trials was memantine at the standard daily dose of 10 mg b...
2003: International Psychogeriatrics
Heidi Foo, Elijah Mak, Ting Ting Yong, Ming-Ching Wen, Russell Jude Chander, Wing Lok Au, Louis Tan, Nagaendran Kandiah
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral small-vessel disease (SVD) is a risk factor for dementia in Parkinson's disease (PD), however the pathophysiological role of SVD in PD-dementia is unclear. We investigated the impact of baseline and progression of SVD on cortical thickness and the correlation to cognition. METHODS: Seventy-three mild PD patients with baseline and follow-up structural MRI scans, serial clinical and neuropsychological assessments were studied. SVD included the load of white matter hyperintensities (WMH), lacunes and perivascular spaces (PVS)...
June 30, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Michael J Schneck
Vascular dementia (VaD) is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's dementia (AD). It is characterized by loss of executive function with milder memory loss as compared with AD and is associated with cerebral brain infarction or hemorrhage. Treatment is predominantly focused on cardiovascular risk factor reduction, but anticholinesterase inhibitors and memantine may play a role. The data is most robust for donepezil.
January 2008: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
John T O'Brien
Cerebrovascular disease is increasingly recognized as a common cause of cognitive impairment and dementia in later life either alone or in conjunction with other pathologies, most often Alzheimer disease (AD). Progress in the field has been limited by difficulties in terminology; for example, use of the term dementia necessitates the presence of memory impairment, which is the norm in AD, but not in cognitive disorders associated with cerebrovascular disease. The term vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) has been proposed as an umbrella term to recognize the broad spectrum of cognitive, and indeed behavioral, changes associated with vascular pathology...
September 2006: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Emilia Salvadori, Anna Poggesi, Raffaella Valenti, Eleonora Della Rocca, Stefano Diciotti, Mario Mascalchi, Domenico Inzitari, Leonardo Pantoni
UNLABELLED: Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) may cause attentional and executive cognitive deficits. No drug is currently available to improve cognitive performance or to prevent dementia in SVD patients, and cognitive rehabilitation could be a promising approach. We aimed to investigate: (1) the effectiveness of the Attention Process Training-II program in the rehabilitation of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and SVD; (2) the impact of the induced cognitive improvement on functionality and quality of life; (3) the effect of training on brain activity at rest and the possibility of a training-induced plasticity effect...
October 2016: Neurological Sciences
Adiukwu Frances, Ofori Sandra, Ugbomah Lucy
Over the past two decades, the term vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) has been used to refer to a spectrum of cognitive decline characterized by executive dysfunction, associated with vascular pathology. With 30% of stroke survivors showing cognitive impairments, it is regarded as the most common cause of cognitive impairment. This is a narrative review of available literature citing sources from PubMed, MEDLINE and Google Scholar. VCI has a high prevalence both before and after a stroke and is associated with great economic and caregiver burden...
June 22, 2016: World Journal of Psychiatry
Yin Ting Cheung, Michelle N Edelmann, Daniel A Mulrooney, Daniel M Green, Wassim Chemaitilly, Neena John, Leslie L Robison, Melissa M Hudson, Kevin R Krull
BACKGROUND: Hyperuricemia is implicated in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. This study evaluated associations between uric acid (UA), cardiovascular health, and neurocognitive function in adolescent and adult survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia treated with chemotherapy only. METHODS: 126 adolescent [mean (SD) age 14.6 (5.0); 7.8 (1.7) years postdiagnosis] and 226 adult survivors [age 25.4 (4.2) years; 18.1 (4.4) years postdiagnosis] completed comprehensive neurocognitive testing...
August 2016: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Hee Jin Kim, Jin Ju Yang, Hunki Kwon, Changsoo Kim, Jong Min Lee, Phillip Chun, Yeo Jin Kim, Na-Yeon Jung, Juhee Chin, Seonwoo Kim, Sook-Young Woo, Yearn Seong Choe, Kyung-Han Lee, Sung Tae Kim, Jae Seung Kim, Jae Hong Lee, Michael W Weiner, Duk L Na, Sang Won Seo
SEE COHEN DOI101093/AWW183 FOR A SCIENTIFIC COMMENTARY ON THIS ARTICLE: Amyloid-β and cerebral small vessel disease are the two major causes of cognitive impairment in the elderly. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for precisely how amyloid-β and cerebral small vessel disease affect cognitive impairment remain unclear. We investigated the effects of amyloid-β and lacunes on downstream imaging markers including structural network and cortical thickness, further analysing their relative impact on cognitive trajectories...
September 2016: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Ezra Mulugeta, Francisco Molina-Holgado, Mark S Elliott, Tibor Hortobagyi, Robert Perry, Rajesh N Kalaria, Clive G Ballard, Paul T Francis
Vascular dementia (VaD) accounts for about 20% of all dementias, and vascular risk is a key factor in more than 40% of people with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Little is known about inflammatory processes in the brains of these individuals. We have examined inflammatory mediators (interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-1alpha, IL-6 and tumour necrosis factor alpha) and chemokines (macrophage inflammatory protein 1, monocyte chemo-attractant protein (MCP)-1 and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor) in brain homogenates from grey and white matter of the frontal cortex (Brodmann area 9) from patients with VaD (n = 11), those with concurrent VaD and AD (mixed dementia; n = 8) and from age-matched controls (n = 13) using ELISA assays...
2008: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Matthew J Hollocks, Rebecca Brookes, Robin G Morris, Hugh S Markus
OBJECTIVES: In addition to neuropsychological difficulties, patients with cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) can have reduced activities of daily living and a poorer quality of life compared to healthy adults. The Brief Memory and Executive Test (BMET), is a cognitive screening tool designed to be sensitive to the neuropsychological profile of patients with SVD. While the BMET is sensitive to the cognitive consequences of SVD, it is unclear how well scores on this measure relate to functional outcomes...
May 2016: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
Pauline Narme, Martine Roussel, Harold Mouras, Pierre Krystkowiak, Olivier Godefroy
Behavioral dysexecutive disorders are highly prevalent in patients with neurological diseases but cannot be explained by cognitive dysexecutive impairments. In fact, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Given that socioemotional functioning underlies appropriate behavior, socioemotional impairments may contribute to the appearance of behavioral disorders. To investigate this issue, we performed a transnosological study. Seventy-five patients suffering from various neurological diseases (Alzheimer's disease (AD), Parkinson's disease (PD), frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and stroke) were included in the study...
April 7, 2016: Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
Yael D Reijmer, Panagiotis Fotiadis, Giovanni Piantoni, Gregoire Boulouis, Kathleen E Kelly, Mahmut E Gurol, Alexander Leemans, Michael J O'Sullivan, Steven M Greenberg, Anand Viswanathan
Central brain network connections greatly contribute to overall network efficiency. Here we examined whether small vessel disease (SVD) related white matter alterations in central brain network connections have a greater impact on executive functioning than alterations in non-central brain network connections. Brain networks were reconstructed from diffusion-weighted MRI scans in 72 individuals (75 ± 8 years) with cognitive impairment and SVD on MRI. The centrality of white matter connections in the network was defined using graph theory...
July 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Marjon Stijntjes, Anton J M de Craen, Jeroen van der Grond, Carel G M Meskers, P Eline Slagboom, Andrea B Maier
BACKGROUND: The positive relationship between cognitive and physical performance has been widely established. The influence of brain structure on both domains has been shown as well. OBJECTIVE: We studied whether the relationship between brain structure and physical performance is independent of cognitive performance. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of 297 middle-aged to older adults (mean age ± SD 65.4 ± 6.8 years). Memory function, executive function and physical performance measured by the Tandem Stance Test, Chair Stand Test, 4-meter walk and 25-meter walk were assessed...
2016: Gerontology
Jennifer Gooch, Donna M Wilcock
Vascular cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) is the most common etiology of dementia in the elderly. Both, vascular and Alzheimer's disease, pathologies work synergistically to create neurodegeneration and cognitive impairments. The main causes of VCID include hemorrhage/microbleed (i.e., hyperhomocysteinemia), cerebral small vessel disease, multi-infarct dementia, severe hypoperfusion (i.e., bilateral common carotid artery stenosis), strategic infarct, angiopathy (i.e., cerebral angiopathy), and hereditary vasculopathy (i...
March 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
T Michael De Silva, Frank M Faraci
The impact of vascular risk factors on cognitive function has garnered much interest in recent years. The appropriate distribution of oxygen, glucose, and other nutrients by the cerebral vasculature is critical for proper cognitive performance. The cerebral microvasculature is a key site of vascular resistance and a preferential target for small vessel disease. While deleterious effects of vascular risk factors on microvascular function are known, the contribution of this dysfunction to cognitive deficits is less clear...
March 2016: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
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