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Doctor insights on: Assessing Cognitive Function

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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Cognitive impairment can reduce the persons executive function?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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Cognitive impairment can reduce the persons executive function?

Other way around: Executive function is one facet of cognitive function (or impairment if lost). Apraxia (inability to do simple mechanical tasks like buttoning shirt), aphasia (inability to speak intelligibly), agnosia (inability to name recognizable objects) & memory loss are other components of cognitive function/impairment. This can be evaluated during any visit w/simple questions. ...Read more

Dr. Kris Gast Dr. Gast
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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Dr. Kris Gast Dr. Gast
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Estrogen and cognitive impairment?

Estrogen2use or not: Estrogens are like any other med. They have side effects some good, some bad. If your family history is strong for cardiac or osteoporosis estrogen is a good option to keep you healthy. If you have a family history of breast cancer or a personal history of blood clots it would be better to pass on the estrogen use. Discuss all of this with your md and make an informed decision for you :). ...Read more

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Would a functional mra scan show significant cognitive impairment?

Would a functional mra scan show significant cognitive impairment?

The wrong question: First, there is no such thing as functional mra. You mean functional mri. Fmri is still almost completely for research. Forget about it for now. Second, tests don't show cognitive impairment; only people do. A demented pt can have a near-normal mri, while another person can have really bad-looking brain tissue (i.e. On autopsy) and still have been sharp as a tack right up till the end. ...Read more

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Which herbs are useful for improving memory, concentration and other cognitive functions?

Which herbs are useful for improving memory, concentration and other cognitive functions?

Be a skeptic, not a: sucker, Walter. You can pretty much bank on it: Anything touted by health hucksters for anything will have no real evidence of effect. Common substances that improve memory & concentration are already well known, eg caffeine and nicotine. Check WebMD for updated info on what few supplements aid memory; the evidence is weak at best. Wake UP. Think like someone from our century, not the Middle Ages. ...Read more

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Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Can phosphatidylserine improve memory and cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Phosphatidylserine (fos-fuh-tie-dul-SER-een) is a dietary supplement that has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems: Several studies with phosphatidylserine indicate improved cognitive abilities and behaviors. However, improvements lasted only a few months and were seen in people with the least severe symptoms. Initially, phosphatidylserine supplements were derived from the brain cells of cows. But because of concerns about mad cow disease, most manufacturers now produce the supplements from soy or cabbage derivatives. Preliminary studies have shown that plant-based phosphatidylserine supplements may also offer benefits, but more research is needed. However, no modern studies have continued to focus on phosphatidylserine, suggesting its limited effect. Keep in mind that the Food and Drug Administration doesn't require manufacturers to provide evidence of the potential risks and benefits of phosphatidylserine — or of any supplement. Consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplement. ...Read more

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Can cognitive behavioral therapy rewire your brain?

Can cognitive behavioral therapy rewire your brain?

Yes: Rewiring the brain is how we learn things, and how we change behavior of all kinds. We strengthen certain connections between neurons (brain cells) and weaken others. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Are there medications that can improve motivation, planning, and executive functioning deficits associated with nonverbal learning disability?

Executive function: Assuming you've had a thorough psychological evaluation, you might benefit from cognitive working memory training. Cogmed is a brain fitness program that is based on the concept of Neuroplasticity. Through training one can improve working memory. Helpful info is available at www.cogmed.com. There is a list of providers in your area.. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from mental disorder effect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Of course!: No further answer is really indicated here -- it's just an obvious "yes". If you are impaired cognitively -- for any reason -- you should get professional help. Similarly, if you have a "mental disorder", you should get expert professional help. ...Read more

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What cognitive functions are impaired with alcohol?

What cognitive functions are impaired with alcohol?

All of them...: ...To varying degrees. Sadly, insight and judgment are among the first to go, so that the first to disappear are inhibitions against consuming more alcohol, and other high-risk activities. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?

Do antipsychotics affect cognitive functions like memory processing speed word recollection executive functions? What's the best?

Cognitive effects: The newer antipsychotics (second-generation antipsychotics) theoretically are supposed to assist with improving cognitive impairments in various mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, it is possible that a slowing of processes can occur with such medications. Efficacy and tolerability depend on the medication, side effect profile, and patient response. ...Read more

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Does vision affect a person's cognitive function?

Does vision affect a person's cognitive function?

Indirectly, yes: Visual loss in and of itself will not cause a loss of cognitive function. However, it may worsen the situation in people with dementia, as it impairs orientation and general functioning. So, a person with dementia and severe cataract may see an improvement in functioning if the vision is improved. ...Read more

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What memory functions are impaired in autism?

What memory functions are impaired in autism?

Possibly none.: The autistic spectrum disorders have a lot of different faces; they are related to each other in that they involve impaired communication. This does not necessarily mean memory is effected at all. ...Read more

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Define the term mental functional disorders?

Define the term mental  functional disorders?

Functional disorders: "functional" disorders is a vague term used to describe certain persistent symptoms for which no other organic or pathologic cause can be found. One example, would be in some one who has chronic headaches or abdominal pain, and has had a full set of testing and evaluation procedures, with no diagnosis. Other more unusual symptoms include: paralysis, pseudo-seizures, certain tics, vomiting, etc. ...Read more

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Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Can cognitive impairment from bipolar disorder affect one's grades and overall intelligence?

Subtle question: In mania, people subjectively feel their performance is superior when actually it is not--it becomes degraded by distractability and flighty thinking. Yet underlying cognitive capacity remains intact. Mild mania (hypomania) provide boosts of energy that multiply the effect of intelligence even though, once again, the underlying capacity remains unchanged. Untreated bipolar reduces net performance. ...Read more

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Can Ginkgo biloba prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function?

Can Ginkgo biloba prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function?

Ginkgo biloba, derived from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree, is often touted as a memory aid: But it appears unlikely that Ginkgo biloba can prevent age-related memory problems or memory loss associated with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. A number of small, early studies showed modest improvements in cognitive function for older adults with dementia. However, a number of larger studies haven't been able to confirm that Ginkgo biloba prevents memory loss or slows the progression of cognitive decline or Alzheimer's disease in older adults. Although several more-recent studies have found slight improvements in cognitive function for people taking Ginkgo biloba, most experts feel that Ginkgo biloba hasn't lived up to its early promise and don't recommend its use as a memory aid. ...Read more

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Can huperzine A prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease?

Huperzine (HOOP-ur-zeen) A, a dietary supplement derived from the Chinese club moss Huperzia serrata, has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease: Huperzine A acts as a cholinesterase inhibitor — a type of medication that works by improving the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. Small early studies suggest that huperzine A may improve memory and protect nerve cells, which could slow the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's. A recent meta-analysis found evidence that huperzine A may significantly improve cognitive performance in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Another study suggests that huperzine A appears to have many protective effects on the brain in addition to its role as a cholinesterase inhibitor. However, there is a lack of long-term safety data — most studies have lasted three months or less — and many participants in the trials experienced side effects, including nausea and vomiting. More studies are needed to determine possible benefits and long-term risks of huperzine A. For now, most doctors don't recommend taking huperzine A because Food and Drug Administration-approved cholinesterase inhibitor medications are available that have been tested for safety and effectiveness. The Alzheimer's Association recommends that you not take huperzine A if you're already taking a prescribed cholinesterase inhibitor, such as donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) or galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) (Razadyne). Taking both could increase your risk of serious side effects. Consult with your doctor before starting any dietary supplement, including huperzine A. ...Read more

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Discuss role of stress, psychpathology and psychotherapy on mental diseases?

Discuss role of stress, psychpathology and psychotherapy on mental diseases?

Interactive: Psychopathology refers to harmfully unusual psychological qualities of the person caused by biology and traumatic learning histories. Stress consists of a response to upsetting events that triggers or worsens pathological factors. Psychotherapy aims to teach coping for unchangeable factors, de-condition negative factors that were learned, and strengthen positive factors already present. ...Read more

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Cognitive impairment can reduce ability to receive information?

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Yes: Cognitive function can be measured in various facets, eg executive function, praxia, phasia, gnosia & memory. If you can't remember things, it's very difficult to receive information enough to learn. This is one of the basic tenets of cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Can short term memory skills be improved to the extent of improveing conversational skills?

Can short term memory skills be improved to the extent of improveing  conversational skills?

Yes: Many people have problems in conversations when they focus on themselves instead of the content of the conversation or curiosity about the other person. This "self-focused attention" sometimes takes the form of thoughts like "i wonder if she likes me, thinks i'm smart, is interested . . ." etc. When attention is not on the content of the conversation, the memory doesn't work. ...Read more

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Does vision affect a person's cognitive function?

Indirectly, yes: Visual loss in and of itself will not cause a loss of cognitive function. However, it may worsen the situation in people with dementia, as it impairs orientation and general functioning. So, a person with dementia and severe cataract may see an improvement in functioning if the vision is improved. ...Read more