Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Alzheimer's Drugs: Risky for Other Memory Problems?

Be careful out there.
http://www.alzheimersweekly.com/2017/04/alzheimers-drugs-for-other-memory.html
When people experience memory loss that looks a little like Alzheimer's but isn't, doctors diagnose it as "Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)". Some prescribe the Alzheimer's drug donepezil (Aricept®). New research shows why it should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) without a genetic test.
UCLA School of Nursing researchers discovered that for people who carry a specific genetic variation — the K-variant of butyrylcholinesterase, or BChE-K — donezpezil could accelerate cognitive decline.

When It Isn't Alzheimer's

Mild cognitive impairment is a transitional state between normal age-related changes in cognition and dementia. Because many people with the condition display symptoms similar to those caused by Alzheimer’s disease, some physicians prescribe donepezil, which is marketed under the brand name Aricept and is the most-prescribed medication for Alzheimer’s. Donepezil was tested as a possible treatment for mild cognitive impairment in a large, federally funded study published in 2005, but it was not approved by the FDA. Still, doctors have often prescribed the drug “off-label” — meaning that it is not approved for that specific disorder — for their patients with mild cognitive impairment.

Worse Instead of Better

From data collected during the 2005 trial, the researchers looked at the association between BChE-K and changes in cognitive function. Using two tests that measure cognitive impairment, the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Clinical Dementia Rating Sum of Boxes, they found that people with the genetic variation who were treated with donepezil had greater changes in their scores than those who took placebos. They also found that those who took donepezil had a faster cognitive decline than those who took the placebo.

Benefits versus Risks - Ask Your Doctor

Physicians are increasingly using personalized medicine, including pharmacogenetics — the study of how genetics affect a person’s response to a drug — to tailor their patients’ care. The findings reinforce the importance of physicians discussing the possible benefits and risks of this treatment with their patients.

  • SOURCE:
    UCLA School of Nursing
  • AUTHORS:
    The study was led by Sophie Sokolow, an associate professor at the UCLA School of Nursing. Co-authors were Ziaohui Li, Lucia Chen, Kent Taylor and Jerome Rotter, all of UCLA.
  • REFERENCE JOURNAL:
    The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • FUNDING:
    The work was supported by the National Institute on Aging (grant 1K23AG05141601A1).

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