Navigation Links
Mayo Clinic study finds apathy and depression predict progression from mild cognitive impairment
Date:7/12/2010

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A new Mayo Clinic study found that apathy and depression significantly predict an individual's progression from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a disorder of the brain that affects nerve cells involved in thinking abilities, to dementia, including Alzheimer's disease and Lewy body dementia. The study was presented at the International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Honolulu on July 11, 2010.

"An important area of study is the identification of biomarkers and clinical predictors for the progression from normal cognition to mild cognitive impairment and mild cognitive impairment to dementia," says Yonas E. Geda, M.D., a Mayo Clinic neuropsychiatrist and the study's lead investigator. "We knew from previous smaller studies that neuropsychiatric symptoms like depression, apathy and agitation seem to predict progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia, so we set out to look at this hypothesis in a population-based setting with a larger sample size."

Depression and apathy are neuropsychiatric symptoms that are often difficult to distinguish, according to Dr. Geda. Depression causes changes in mood, thinking, physical well-being and behavior, while apathy is loss of motivation without associated feelings of being depressed or blue.

As part of the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, Dr. Geda and a team of Mayo Clinic researchers identified 358 individuals with mild cognitive impairment and used a questionnaire to collect data on depression and apathy. Then, they prospectively followed individuals to the outcome of dementia (a median of 2.8 years). Among 87 individuals with depression, 30 (34.5 percent) developed dementia. Of the 271 individuals without depression, 59 (21.8 percent) developed dementia. Among 60 individuals with apathy, 22 (36.7 percent) developed dementia. Of the 298 individuals without apathy, 67 (22.5 percent) developed dementia.

After adjusting for age, gender and education, the researchers found that the individuals with mild cognitive impairment and depression had a 66 percent increased risk of developing dementia than those individuals with mild cognitive impairment without depression. Likewise, the individuals with mild cognitive impairment and apathy had a 99 percent increased risk of developing dementia than those individuals with mild cognitive impairment without apathy.

"These findings highlight the importance of thoroughly evaluating newly-diagnosed patients with mild cognitive impairment for neuropsychiatric symptoms. The next step is to conduct a study to find out if treatment of depression or apathy in MCI may delay the onset of dementia," says Dr. Geda. "This delay could have a huge impact on the quality of life for individual patients and their families, not to mention the broad public health implications of delaying the societal and economic burden of dementia. In fact, a previous biostatistics study from our colleagues at Johns Hopkins indicated that delaying dementia by a mere one year could reduce the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease by nearly 800,000 million fewer cases in 2050."


'/>"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Rice
newsbureau@mayo.edu
507-284-5005
Mayo Clinic
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. The West Clinic Joins Cancer Clinics of Excellence (CCE)
2. Stethoscope App gives iPhone New Clinical Skills
3. Mayo Clinic responsible for $22 billion in economic impact, including $9.6 billion in Minnesota
4. Sunquest Introduces Integrated Clinical Environment Physician Portal Solution in US
5. Almac Launches New STEMS System to Transform Temperature Controlled Shipment Monitoring in Clinical Trials
6. Clinical trial underway: Miniature ultrasound device could revolutionize pain relief
7. Sunquest Completes System-Wide Implementation at Cleveland Clinic Hospital Laboratories
8. Michael J. Fox Foundation Awards $1.1 Million For Clinical Trial of Transdermal Nicotine as Disease-Modifying Treatment For Parkinsons
9. NOVAVAX Presents Positive Clinical Results at The World Health Organization Conference, Geneva, Switzerland
10. UCLA Health System Presents: How to Successfully Implement a Clinical Portal
11. International Merchant Advisors CEO Mel Roseman to Discuss New Medical Marijuana Clinics Live on CBS Radio Networks Big Biz Show February 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm PST
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/24/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 24, 2020 , ... ... global consulting firm for the life sciences and food industries, is pleased to ... Specialist, at their head office and research site in Toronto, Canada. , Dr. ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... A January 7 ... to get rid of them. The article quotes the president of the American Society ... are many. They can be caused by a person’s facial structure including an undefined ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... , ... Let’s face it; the holidays were a stressful time, a time ... secrets were revisited. It’s easy to understand why many folks prefer to duck out ... the holidays posed additional stress for which there is no “cookie-cutter” solution. , Dylan ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... January 23, 2020 , ... Park Avenue ... new website jschildhorn.com. Dr. Schildhorn is excited to bring this new digital portal for ... of Duke and attended medical school at Temple University. With over 12 years of ...
(Date:1/23/2020)... ... January 23, 2020 , ... ... SaaS vendor announced their partner agreement with Healthpac, a trusted medical billing ... offices and medical offices an expanded offering. Healthpac’s customers can now access ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/22/2020)... ... January 22, 2020 , ... ... technical services exclusively to the healthcare industry, announced today that Southern Illinois ... automation program for its Epic EHR. SIH is a prominent multi-hospital health system ...
(Date:1/12/2020)... , ... January 10, 2020 ... ... that Founder and CEO Remo Moomiaie-Qajar, MD has been selected to present ... company that has developed a vast platform with its proprietary Cargocyte™ next ...
(Date:1/12/2020)... ... January 12, 2020 , ... FutuRx, Israel’s leading ... JJDC, and Takeda Ventures, Inc, operating under a tender from the Israeli Innovation ... collaboration with Ramot at Tel-Aviv University and Glasgow University. , Epeius pharma ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: