Tag Archives: MCI

Centrally Acting ACE Inhibitors Reduce Rate of Cognitive Decline in Dementia? (BMJ Open)

Summary It has been found that taking angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, a class of drugs which help to reduce blood pressure by relaxing the walls of blood vessels, may help to slow mental decline in people diagnosed with dementia. The … Continue reading

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Two Sides of the Dementia Case-Finding Debate (BMJ)

Summary The UK government is introducing incentives for general practitioners to check for dementia in patients aged 75 and older, with the intention that timely diagnosis facilitates earlier support for patients with dementia. Critics of this policy allege that this … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Gray Matter Atrophy Prevention Using B-Vitamin Treatment (NHS Choices / PNAS)

Summary Researchers explored the prevention of brain atrophy in areas related to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by lowering elevated plasma homocysteine using B vitamins. An earlier study on people with increased dementia risk had indicated that high-dose B-vitamin … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Treatments to Prevent Cognitive Decline (CMAJ: Journal of the Canadian Medical Association)

Summary This systematic review examined the best 32 randomised controlled trials (RCTs) investigating treatments for cognitive decline, including drug treatments, hormone therapies, nutritional supplements, physical activity and cognitive exercises. The authors looked comprehensively at pharmacological treatments and non-pharmacological treatments in healthy … Continue reading

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Exploring the Potential of Deep Brain Stimulation (TED Talk by Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano)

Summary Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano discusses recent developments in the potential uses of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the alleviation of symptoms across many different neurological / neuropsychological conditions, including Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia, depression and other mental illnesses, and possibly even … Continue reading

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Inappropriate Long-Term Use of Antipsychotic Drugs for People with Dementia in Specialised Care Units (BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology)

Summary This study investigated use of antipsychotic drug therapy for the treatment of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) among 344 people with dementia living in 40 specialised care units in Sweden. 132 persons (38%) in the study population … Continue reading

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Case-Finding of Dementia in General Practice (BMC Public Health)

Summary Since dementia is often undiagnosed until relatively late, case finding and proactive care may be beneficial for both patients and carers by clarifying the reasons for cognitive decline and facilitating support, care planning and access to services. This paper … Continue reading

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Neuroimaging for Early Diagnosis of Neurodegenerative Disease

Summary The roles of magnetic resonance and radionuclide imaging in the early diagnosis and pre-clinical detection of dementia and parkinsonism are reviewed. Structural imaging has traditionally been used to exclude alternate diagnoses, but recent advances in magnetic resonance and multimodal … Continue reading

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Pre-Dementia More Common in Men than Women (BBC Health News)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 7, February 2012]. Summary Men show a higher risk of developing the earliest signs of dementia, namely mild cognitive impairment (MCI), whereas women are more likely to … Continue reading

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