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December 2004 News and Blog Posts (4)

Report from RSNA: PET, SPECT findings challenge office test results for Alzheimer's disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - How well a patient can count, remember word lists, or perform other basic tests may not indicate how far Alzheimer's dementia has progressed biologically, researchers said at the RSNA meeting.



The Mini-Mental Status Exam has been the standard diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease for years, relying on a series of simple cognitive tests to calculate a score for degree of mental impairment. In 58 patients who also underwent PET or SPECT imaging, however, the… Continue

Added by psychiatryRounds Psychiatry News on December 14, 2004 at 2:30am — No Comments

Imagers seek answers for Alzheimer's diagnosis

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - A parent with Alzheimer's disease dies, and her adult children, in their early 40s, discuss undergoing a genetic test to determine whether they carry a copy of the apolipoprotein E4 allele, a common Alzheimer's disease susceptibility gene. As worrisome as a positive test would be, these family members will at least have more certainty regarding Alzheimer's disease than the thousands of noncarriers who present to family practitioners each year with memory loss and impaired… Continue

Added by psychiatryRounds Psychiatry News on December 3, 2004 at 2:30am — No Comments

Maintenance and Long-Term Treatment Issues in Special Populations: Schizophrenia

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Educational Objectives:



Upon completion of this educational activity, the reader will be familiar with:



* Issues facing women, children and adolescents, and elderly people with schizophrenia.

* Recommendations for care and monitoring strategies to maintain patients on effective, long-term treatment regimens.



Who will benefit from reading this article?



Psychiatrists, primary care physicians, neurologists, nurse practitioners,… Continue

Added by psychiatryRounds Psychiatry News on December 1, 2004 at 11:00pm — No Comments

PET, SPECT findings challenge office test results for Alzheimer’s disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - How well a patient can count, remember word lists, or perform other basic tests may not indicate how far Alzheimer's dementia has progressed biologically, researchers said Wednesday afternoon.



The Mini-Mental Status Exam has been the standard diagnostic tool for Alzheimer's disease for years, relying on a series of simple cognitive tests to calculate a score for degree of mental impairment. In 58 patients who also underwent PET or SPECT imaging, however, the… Continue

Added by psychiatryRounds Psychiatry News on December 1, 2004 at 2:30am — No Comments

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