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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638987/leukodystrophies-a-proposed-classification-system-based-on-pathological-changes-and-pathogenetic-mechanisms
#1
REVIEW
Marjo S van der Knaap, Marianna Bugiani
Leukodystrophies are genetically determined disorders characterized by the selective involvement of the central nervous system white matter. Onset may be at any age, from prenatal life to senescence. Many leukodystrophies are degenerative in nature, but some only impair white matter function. The clinical course is mostly progressive, but may also be static or even improving with time. Progressive leukodystrophies are often fatal, and no curative treatment is known. The last decade has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of defined leukodystrophies also owing to a diagnostic approach combining magnetic resonance imaging pattern recognition and next generation sequencing...
June 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26639982/orthostatic-hypotension-cerebral-hypoperfusion-and-visuospatial-deficits-in-lewy-body-disorders
#2
Andrew D Robertson, Michelle A Messner, Zahra Shirzadi, Galit Kleiner-Fisman, Joyce Lee, Julia Hopyan, Anthony E Lang, Sandra E Black, Bradley J MacIntosh, Mario Masellis
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic hypotension and cognitive impairment are two non-motor attributes of Lewy body spectrum disorders that impact independence. This proof-of-concept study examined cerebral blood flow (perfusion) as a mediator of orthostatic hypotension and cognition. METHODS: In fifteen patients with Lewy body disorders, we estimated regional perfusion using pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling MRI, and quantified orthostatic hypotension from the change in systolic blood pressure between supine and standing positions...
January 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25977316/new-insights-into-orthostatic-hypotension-in-multiple-system-atrophy-a-european-multicentre-cohort-study
#3
MULTICENTER STUDY
A Pavy-Le Traon, A Piedvache, S Perez-Lloret, G Calandra-Buonaura, V Cochen-De Cock, C Colosimo, P Cortelli, R Debs, S Duerr, A Fanciulli, A Foubert-Samier, A Gerdelat, T Gurevich, F Krismer, W Poewe, F Tison, C Tranchant, G Wenning, O Rascol, W G Meissner
OBJECTIVES: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a key feature of multiple system atrophy (MSA), a fatal progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with autonomic failure, parkinsonism and ataxia. This study aims (1) to determine the clinical spectrum of OH in a large European cohort of patients with MSA and (2) to investigate whether a prolonged postural challenge increases the sensitivity to detect OH in MSA. METHODS: Assessment of OH during a 10 min orthostatic test in 349 patients with MSA from seven centres of the European MSA-Study Group (age: 63...
May 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727284/orthostatic-hypotension-and-the-long-term-risk-of-dementia-a-population-based-study
#4
Frank J Wolters, Francesco U S Mattace-Raso, Peter J Koudstaal, Albert Hofman, M Arfan Ikram
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a common cause of transient cerebral hypoperfusion in the population. Cerebral hypoperfusion is widely implicated in cognitive impairment, but whether OH contributes to cognitive decline and dementia is uncertain. We aimed to determine the association between OH and the risk of developing dementia in the general population. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Between 4 October 1989 and 17 June 1993, we assessed OH in non-demented, stroke-free participants of the population-based Rotterdam Study...
October 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914354/comorbidity-of-dementia-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-insights-from-a-large-multicenter-italian-cohort
#5
Francesca Trojsi, Mattia Siciliano, Cinzia Femiano, Gabriella Santangelo, Christian Lunetta, Andrea Calvo, Cristina Moglia, Kalliopi Marinou, Nicola Ticozzi, Gianluca Drago Ferrante, Carlo Scialò, Gianni Sorarù, Amelia Conte, Yuri M Falzone, Rosanna Tortelli, Massimo Russo, Valeria Ada Sansone, Adriano Chiò, Gabriele Mora, Barbara Poletti, Paolo Volanti, Claudia Caponnetto, Giorgia Querin, Mario Sabatelli, Nilo Riva, Giancarlo Logroscino, Sonia Messina, Antonio Fasano, Maria Rosaria Monsurrò, Gioacchino Tedeschi, Jessica Mandrioli
To assess the association, at diagnosis, between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and dementia in a large cohort of well-characterized Italian patients. We investigated the phenotypic profile of 1638 incident patients with definite, probable or laboratory-supported probable ALS, diagnosed from January 2009 to December 2013 in 13 Italian Referral Centers, located in 10 Italian Regions, and classified in two independent subsamples accounting for presence or not of dementia. The collected ALS features, including survival and other follow-up data, were compared between the two subgroups using a one-way analysis of variance and Chi-square test, as appropriate, logistic regression models and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis...
November 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890168/sleep-disturbances-increase-the-risk-of-dementia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#6
REVIEW
Le Shi, Si-Jing Chen, Meng-Ying Ma, Yan-Ping Bao, Ying Han, Yu-Mei Wang, Jie Shi, Michael V Vitiello, Lin Lu
Sleep disturbances and dementia are two common and significant health problems in older adults. Investigations suggest that sleep disturbances might increase the risk of dementia. The aim of the present study was to systematically review and meta-analyze the predictive roles of overall sleep disturbances, their subtypes (e.g., insomnia, sleep disordered breathing [SDB]), and other sleep problems (e.g., excessive daytime sleepiness, sleep-related movement disorder, circadian rhythm sleep disorder, and nonspecific sleep problems) in incident all-cause dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia subtypes...
July 6, 2017: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844041/how-to-use-pen-and-paper-tasks-to-aid-tremor-diagnosis-in-the-clinic
#7
EDITORIAL
Jane Alty, Jeremy Cosgrove, Deborah Thorpe, Peter Kempster
When a patient presents with tremor, it can be useful to perform a few simple pen and paper tests. In this article, we explain how to maximise the value of handwriting and of drawing Archimedes spirals and straight lines as clinical assessments. These tasks take a matter of seconds to complete but provide a wealth of information that supplements the standard physical examination. They aid the diagnosis of a tremor disorder and can contribute to its longitudinal monitoring. Watching the patient's upper limb while they write and draw may reveal abnormalities such as bradykinesia, dystonic posturing and distractibility...
December 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800330/pet-tau-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-burden-in-mild-alzheimer-s-disease-divergent-relationship-with-age-cognition-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers
#8
Ivan Koychev, Roger N Gunn, Azadeh Firouzian, Jennifer Lawson, Giovanna Zamboni, Basil Ridha, Barbara J Sahakian, James B Rowe, Alan Thomas, Lynn Rochester, Dominic Ffytche, Robert Howard, Henrik Zetterberg, Clare MacKay, Simon Lovestone
BACKGROUND: Combining PET amyloid-β (Aβ) and tau imaging may be critical for tracking disease progression in Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE: We sought to characterize the relationship between Aβ and tau ligands as well as with other measures of pathology. METHODS: We conducted a multi-center observational study in early AD (MMSE >20) participants aged 50 to 85 y. The schedule included cognitive assessments (ADAS-Cog) and CSF measurement of Aβ and tau at baseline and 6 months; PET-CT imaging with Aβ ([18F]AV45) and tau ([18F]AV1451) ligands at baseline...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803444/atypical-parkinsonian-syndromes-a-general-neurologist-s-perspective
#9
REVIEW
Angela B Deutschländer, Owen A Ross, Dennis W Dickson, Zbigniew K Wszolek
The differential diagnosis of atypical parkinsonian syndromes is challenging. These severe and often rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disorders are clinically heterogeneous and show significant phenotypic overlap. Here we review clinical, imaging, neuropathologic and genetic features of multiple system atrophy (MSA), progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The terms CBD and FTLD refer to pathologically confirmed cases of corticobasal syndrome (CBS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD)...
August 12, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695906/no-association-between-proton-pump-inhibitor-use-and-risk-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#10
Heidi Taipale, Anna-Maija Tolppanen, Miia Tiihonen, Antti Tanskanen, Jari Tiihonen, Sirpa Hartikainen
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study was to investigate whether proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use is associated with an increased risk of clinically verified Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: A Finnish nationwide nested case-control study MEDALZ includes all community-dwelling individuals with newly diagnosed AD during 2005-2011 (N=70,718), and up to four age-, sex-, and region of residence-matched comparison individuals for each case (N=282,858). Data were extracted from Finnish nationwide health-care registers...
July 11, 2017: American Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532703/reading-difficulties-in-primary-progressive-aphasia-in-a-regular-language-speaking-cohort-of-patients
#11
Jordi A Matías-Guiu, Fernando Cuetos, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, María Valles-Salgado, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
Reading impairment is an important feature in Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). The Spanish orthography entails completely regular spelling to sound correspondences, so reading disorders may be different to English. In the current study, reading, phonological and semantic abilities of 35 patients with the three variants of PPA, and 13 healthy volunteers were assessed. Brain metabolism was concomitantly obtained from each participant using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography imaging. Two main patterns of impairment were identified: difficulties in nonwords reading with preservation of exception words in agrammatic and logopenic aphasia, and the inverse pattern in semantic dementia...
July 1, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611659/vitamin-d-homocysteine-and-folate-in-subcortical-vascular-dementia-and-alzheimer-dementia
#12
Rita Moretti, Paola Caruso, Matteo Dal Ben, Corrado Conti, Silvia Gazzin, Claudio Tiribelli
Dementia is a worldwide health problem which affects millions of patients; Alzheimer's disease (AD) and subcortical vascular dementia (sVAD) are the two most frequent forms of its presentation. As no definite therapeutic options have been discovered, different risk factors for cognitive impairment have been searched for potential therapies. This report focuses on the possible evidence that vitamin D deficiency and hyper-homocysteinemia can be considered as two important factors for the development or the progression of neurodegenerative or vascular pathologies...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673587/bariatric-surgery-may-reduce-the-risk-of-alzheimer-s-diseases-through-glp-1-mediated-neuroprotective-effects
#13
Hari B Keshava, Ashkan Mowla, Leslie J Heinberg, Philip R Schauer, Stacy A Brethauer, Ali Aminian
Obesity and diabetes are associated with deficits in multiple neurocognitive domains and increased risk for dementia. Over the last two decades, there has been a significant increase in bariatric and metabolic surgery worldwide, driven by rising intertwined pandemics of obesity and diabetes, along with improvement in surgical techniques. Patients undergoing bariatric surgery achieve a significant decrease in their excess weight and a multitude of sequela associated with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome...
July 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740390/brain-regions-associated-with-anosognosia-for-memory-disturbance-in-alzheimer-s-disease-a-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#14
Hiroshi Fujimoto, Teruyuki Matsuoka, Yuka Kato, Keisuke Shibata, Kaeko Nakamura, Kei Yamada, Jin Narumoto
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) are frequently unaware of their cognitive symptoms and medical diagnosis. The term "anosognosia" is used to indicate a general lack of awareness of one's disease or disorder. The neural substrate underlying anosognosia in AD is unclear. Since anosognosia for memory disturbance might be an initial sign of AD, it is important to determine the neural correlates. This study was designed to investigate the characteristics and neural correlates of anosognosia for memory disturbance in patients with mild AD...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752644/hypertension-is-associated-with-worse-cognitive-function-and-hippocampal-hypometabolism-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#15
I Moonga, F Niccolini, H Wilson, G Pagano, M Politis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A growing body of evidence suggests that cardiovascular disease risk factors including hypertension may be linked to sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). It is well known that hypertension is associated with cerebrovascular disease and vascular dementia on the basis of vascular remodeling. However, the mechanisms linking hypertension and AD remain unclear. METHODS: We studied 197 patients with AD (86 male; mean age ± SD: 75.8 ± 7.4 years) from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative database with (n = 97) and without (n = 100) hypertension...
July 28, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659753/neural-correlates-of-verbal-episodic-memory-and-lexical-retrieval-in-logopenic-variant-primary-progressive-aphasia
#16
Khaing T Win, John Pluta, Paul Yushkevich, David J Irwin, Corey T McMillan, Katya Rascovsky, David Wolk, Murray Grossman
Objective: Logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (lvPPA) is commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology. But lvPPA patients display different cognitive and anatomical profile from the common clinical AD patients, whose verbal episodic memory is primarily affected. Reports of verbal episodic memory difficulty in lvPPA are inconsistent, and we hypothesized that their lexical retrieval impairment contributes to verbal episodic memory performance and is associated with left middle temporal gyrus atrophy...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642821/late-onset-dementia-a-mosaic-of-prototypical-pathologies-modifiable-by-diet-and-lifestyle
#17
Mark P Mattson
Idiopathic late-onset dementia (ILOD) describes impairments of memory, reasoning and/or social abilities in the elderly that compromise their daily functioning. Dementia occurs in several major prototypical neurodegenerative disorders that are currently defined by neuropathological criteria, most notably Alzheimer's disease (AD), Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and hippocampal sclerosis of aging (HSA). However, people who die with ILOD commonly exhibit mixed pathologies that vary within and between brain regions...
2015: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650104/alzheimer-s-disease-and-metabolic-syndrome-a-link-from-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-to-neurodegeneration
#18
REVIEW
Eduardo Rojas-Gutierrez, Guadalupe Muñoz-Arenas, Samuel Treviño, Blanca Espinosa, Raúl Chavez, Karla Rojas, Gonzalo Flores, Alfonso Díaz, Jorge Guevara
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia and one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality among the aging population. AD diagnosis is made post-mortem, and the two pathologic hallmarks, particularly evident in the end stages of the illness, are amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Currently, there is no curative treatment for AD. Additionally, there is a strong relation between oxidative stress, metabolic syndrome, and AD. The high levels of circulating lipids and glucose imbalances amplify lipid peroxidation that gradually diminishes the antioxidant systems, causing high levels of oxidative metabolism that affects cell structure, leading to neuronal damage...
June 26, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655740/diabetes-in-a-large-dementia-cohort-clinical-characteristics-and-treatment-from-the-swedish-dementia-registry
#19
Juraj Secnik, Pavla Cermakova, Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Pontus Dannberg, Kristina Johnell, Johan Fastbom, Bengt Winblad, Maria Eriksdotter, Dorota Religa
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the differences in clinical characteristics and pharmacological treatment associated with the presence of diabetes in a large cohort of patients with dementia. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A cross-sectional registry-based study was conducted using data from the Swedish Dementia Registry (SveDem). Data on dementia diagnosis, dementia type, and demographic determinants were extracted from SveDem. Data from the Swedish Patient Register and Prescribed Drug Register were combined for the diagnosis of diabetes...
September 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585932/plasma-rest-a-novel-candidate-biomarker-of-alzheimer-s-disease-is-modified-by-psychological-intervention-in-an-at-risk-population
#20
N J Ashton, A Hye, C A Leckey, A R Jones, A Gardner, C Elliott, J L Wetherell, E J Lenze, R Killick, N L Marchant
The repressor element 1-silencing transcription (REST) factor is a key regulator of the aging brain's stress response. It is reduced in conditions of stress and Alzheimer's disease (AD), which suggests that increasing REST may be neuroprotective. REST can be measured peripherally in blood plasma. Our study aimed to (1) examine plasma REST levels in relation to clinical and biological markers of neurodegeneration and (2) alter plasma REST levels through a stress-reduction intervention-mindfulness training. In study 1, REST levels were compared across the following four well-characterized groups: healthy elderly (n=65), mild cognitive impairment who remained stable (stable MCI, n=36), MCI who later converted to dementia (converter MCI, n=29) and AD (n=65) from the AddNeuroMed cohort...
June 6, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
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