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Tuesday Trials 4/9/2013

Today I’d like to inaugurate a new feature on this site.  Every Tuesday, I want to highlight some on-going clinical studies related to the area of dementia.  It is my hope that readers of my blog will be inspired to participate in them, or spread the word about them to others, or just think good thoughts about the people conducting them and participating in them.  For now, I will be limiting studies listed to those taking place in the U.S.  (Please click on the link provided for a more detailed description of the studies.)

Study of Social Behavior and Emotion in Frontotemporal Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Controls — This study will use various means to document the loss of sociomoral emotions (empathy, guilt, and embarrassment) in patients with behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia.  These changes will be compared with a group of young-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients.  The study is being conducted in Los Angeles, at the UCLA Frontotemporal Dementia Clinic.

Metabolic Cerebral Imaging in Incipient Dementia (MCI-ID) — This study will attempt to determine whether brain PET scans can be used to assist in identifying whether the presence of mild cognitive impairment can be explained as Alzheimer’s disease or some other cause.  The study will take place at various locations around the country.

Preventing Aggression in Veterans With Dementia (PAVeD) — This study will examine the effects of improving areas of patient life known to cause aggression (pain, depression, lack of pleasurable activities, caregiver stress, and breakdowns in communication).  It will take place at the Houston, Texas VA Center.

Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Biomarkers Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Non-AD Dementias — This investigation will attempt to more closely define specific laboratory values for distinguishing patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease from healthy elderly subjects.  It will take place in North Carolina.

A Supportive Care Approach for Patients Late in Life — This study will attempt to investigate methods of improving quality of life for persons who are in the latter stages of the disease.  It is taking place in Minnesota.

Please do let me know if you participate in one of these studies.

  1. Jasmine
    April 9, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    right now I am not inspired I told my Dr. three years ago about my condition and I was brushed off. They want to finally scan my head for a “skull x-ray. ” It should be a brain scan

    • April 9, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      I’m sorry you had that experience. However, even with a brain scan, it’s not possible to diagnose dementia in any definite way. We’re getting closer all the time, but we still don’t have any one test that can diagnose someone as having dementia. Often, it’s more of a diagnosis of exclusion — in other words, we have to rule out all the other conditions that can cause these behaviors.

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