Tag Archives: Assessment and Diagnosis

Functional Memory Disorders: a Potential Reason for Dementia Misdiagnoses? (BJGP)

Summary The authors of this review speculate whether a proportion of persons receiving referrals to memory clinics may not have dementia (or perhaps not even pre-clinical neurodegenerative disease at all); this category of patients may instead have functional disorders of … Continue reading

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Eye Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Digital / Ophthalmology Retina)

Summary Further discussion about the possibilities of using inexpensive eye tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps years before symptoms appear. This particular technique involves the examination of blood vessels and blood flow in the retina, as detected by Octa (Optical … Continue reading

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Diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia (JGCR / Journal of Neurology / ARUK / BBC News)

A Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR) case report discusses the neuropsychological assessments preparatory to the differential diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). PPA is a rare form of non-Alzheimer’s dementia featuring language impairment with progressive decline in word … Continue reading

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More on the Persistence of Variations in Care and Health Inequalities (BBC News / MTG / King’s Fund)

Summary The Medical Technology Group’s analysis of data from the 209 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), concerning regional inequalities in patient access to treatments and assessments involving medical technology, discovered unacceptable variations (including inequalities between the North and South of England). … Continue reading

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Dementia with Lewy Bodies: Updated DLB Consortium Diagnosis and Management Consensus Report (Neurology)

Summary The Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) Consortium has published an updated set of recommendations on diagnosis and management of DLB. Clinical features and diagnostic biomarkers are covered, with guidance on their interpretation. Previously omitted aspects of Lewy-related pathology are … Continue reading

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Earlier Diagnosis of Glaucoma – and Possibly Many Neurodegenerative Diseases – By Retinal Examination? (BBC News / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary A fluorescent dye injected into the bloodstream may, in future, provide a convenient method of detecting glaucoma earlier – perhaps a decade before more overt symptoms and damage have had the opportunity to develop – by identifying changes in … Continue reading

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Under-Diagnosis of Dementia in the Community: an International Review (BMJ Open / JGCR)

Summary A literature review and meta-analysis of 23 international studies on the under-detection (i.e. the failure to achieve a diagnosis) of dementia identified a pooled rate of undetected dementia assessed to be 61.7%. The rate of under-detection was higher in … Continue reading

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Psychological Interventions For Dementia: Putting the Person at the Centre of Care (BPS)

Summary The British Psychological Society’s Dementia Advisory Group has produced a report on the psychological aspects of dementia care; particularly covering the roles of psychologists in providing practical support. Recommendations are presented concerning: Prevention / risk-reduction. Assessment. Planning of care. … Continue reading

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Updated UK Dementia Atlas (Department of Health / BBC News)

Summary The Department of Health’s updated dementia atlas reveals the “postcode lottery” of regional variations in how well the local services in different areas perform in the prevention, diagnosis, support and care for people with dementia. The dementia atlas maps five … Continue reading

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Change of Focus: From Dementia Diagnosis Rates to Post-Diagnostic Support for People with Dementia (NHS England)

Summary Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia, and Peter Bagshaw, Clinical Lead for Dementia at the South West Strategic Clinical Network, discuss the changing emphases of current concerns regarding the recording and management of dementia in primary care. A … Continue reading

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