Vascular dementia

Artistic Talent Remains Intact Despite Vascular Dementia

According to a study by physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital in Canada, artistic skills may be well preserved in the brains of artists even after many years battling the deleterious effects of vascular dementia. A paper published in the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, described “the last few years of the late Mary Hecht, an […]

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New Recommendations for Cognitive Screening from the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association has published new guidelines to provide primary care physicians with guidance on cognitive assessment during an annual wellness visit. An expert workgroup assembled by the association, offers new comprehensive guidance on how to assess for cognitive impairment in the primary care setting. The Alzheimer’s Association points out that “while physicians are required […]

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New EFNS Guidelines on Other Dementias

The European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) and the European Neurological Society (ENS) have published revised guidelines on the diagnosis and management of disorders associated with dementia. These are dementias other than Alzheimer’s disease, such as vascular cognitive impairment, frontotemporal lobar degeneration, dementia with Lewy bodies, corticobasal syndrome, progressive supranuclear palsy, Parkinson’s disease dementia, Huntington’s […]

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Cognitive Reserve and Dementia

The idea that cognitive reserve (CR) or brain reserve capacity can be neuroprotective against dementia has been discussed for approximately 2 decades. A new metastudy in PLoS highlights the positive and negative aspects and confirms the CR theory. Cognitive reserve or brain reserve capacity explains why individuals with higher IQ, education, or occupational attainment have […]

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