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What is the difference between mild, moderate and severe cognitive impariment?

What is the difference between mild, moderate and severe cognitive impariment?

Deficit continuum: Cognitive impairment is assessed by various neurological and neuropsychological tests. Such impairment can be described in scores or other test values, which are sometimes also categorized as "mild, moderate, or severe." such general descriptions of impairment, of course, over-simplify the actual functioning or presentation of the individual. They do help when a quick abbreviation is needed. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment?

What is mild cognitive impairment?

Memory and thought: Mild cognitive impairment is difficulty in memory and ability to carry out thought processes- and although it's mild, there's can be some confusion involved. It's difficult to lay down new memories with cognitive impairment. ...Read more

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Official website for mild cognitive impairment?

There is none: Dementia-related groups such as the alzheimer's association, huntington's disease association and many others deal with various degrees of cognitive impairment. There is no "official website". ...Read more

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Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Mild cognitive impairment. What exactly is this?

Explanation: "dementia" is a functional term. It refers to a person who has not been independent in activities of daily living (adls) for at least 3 consecutive months. Dementia has numerous possible causes (eg alzheimer's). Mci = unequivocal loss of faculties: memory, thinking, reasoning, insight, judgment, task completion, apraxia, etc without being as functionally impaired as a demented person. ...Read more

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I'm 36 and have 2 copies of APOE4 per Pathway Genomics. I have mild cognitive issues. What testing is appropriate that insurance will cover?

I'm 36 and have 2 copies of APOE4 per Pathway Genomics. I have mild cognitive issues. What testing is appropriate that insurance will cover?

Careful: Insurance ≠: issues. Typical larger issue is NMR-lipoproteins by Vantera Analyzer, the primary driver of arterial disease & strokes, along with ?ed BP. So optimize LDL to <400 nmol/L & large HDL to >9 umol/L by NMR along with HbA1c <5.0% & Systolic BP <120 mmHg. Also study the work of Leah Makley (more details later) ...Read more

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What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

What is cognitive impairment? New term for mild dementia?

Cognitive impairment: Is a description of something going wrong in the brain, so no it is not a substitute for mild dementia. It just says that the infection or fever or depression or blood sugar or any number of other things is impairing a person's cognition. ...Read more

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What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

What is mild cognitive impairment or early dementia?

MCI: The most important point is that mci does not always progress to alzheimer's. On exam, a good psychiatrist or psychologist can pick up subtle changes in cognition. But does not rise to the level of dementia. ...Read more

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I have had mild cognitive impairment for months , and now spiked a fever (however cheap themometer say temp is 96). are the two symptoms related ?

I have had mild cognitive impairment for months , and now spiked a fever (however cheap themometer say temp is 96). are the two symptoms related ?

Unlikely: If you do not have a reliable thermometer, then you cannot say that you've spiked a fever. Mild cognitive impairment, unless due to an abscess, encephalitis, or meningitis, is not likely to be related to an elevated body temperature. See your physician if your symptoms persist or get worse. You might be referred to a neurologist. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mildcognitiveimpairment.html ...Read more

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What is the difference between mild cognitive impairment and alzheimer's?

MCI-memory loss only: In dementia, not only memory, but also judgment, language, and other aspects are impaired. Mild cognitive impairment (mci) is a mild worsening of memory without those other changes. Mci may or may not progress to dementia. With my patients, i look for reversible causes, do baseline memory testing and repeat a year later. Slow eeg or prolonged cognitive evoked potential may signal pre-dementia. ...Read more

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Could my 6 month cognitive impairement be due to a chronic front tooth infection that my dentist just found?

Could my 6 month cognitive impairement be due to a chronic front tooth infection that my dentist just found?

Doubtful: A direct relationship between tooth infection and a 6 month cognitive impairment is improbable (not impossible). Relationship would need to hinge on infection spread to brain (brain abscess) or systemic immune-mediated mechanism. Both not probable over 6 months. Get evaluation. ...Read more

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I have acquired mild traumatic brain injury.I have complicated symptoms like: i ahve no sensation( from music especially), cognitive, memory?

I have acquired mild traumatic brain injury.I have complicated symptoms like: i ahve no sensation( from music especially), cognitive, memory?

Treatment: First, you will slowly improve and recover some function over the next 18-24 months. Coping can be enhanced by multiple medications, and cognitive-behavioral speech therapies will also improve your situation. Perhaps a neurologist can supervise your rehabilitation. ...Read more

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58 years old, mild twitches started about a year ago, suddun onset of jerking and difficulty walking, also decreased cognitive function. MRI neg .

58 years old, mild twitches started about a year ago, suddun onset of jerking and difficulty walking, also decreased cognitive function. MRI neg .

Neuro symptoms: Please continue to see docs until you have an answer. Get a second opinion. There are lots of possibilities as to cause. Do not forget about nutritional/natural support also. Spectracell lab in Texas has a good nutritional panel and Great Plains Lab in Kansas has a good food sensitivity panel. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Son autistic, mild cognitive imp. on abilify (aripiprazole) 4 1yr, doc taking off slowly but + intuniv 1st, Today, been Blinking constant not his norm side effect?

Son autistic, mild cognitive imp. on abilify (aripiprazole) 4 1yr, doc taking off slowly but + intuniv 1st, Today, been Blinking constant not his norm side effect?

Blinking constantly: Many of these meds can cause dry eye: use warm compresses & artificial tears 4x/day to see if blinking goes away (also very diluted tea tree oil to clean outside eyelashes with eyes closed according to instructions on eyedoc2020@blogspot.com may help); let MD know if this does not help as could be side effect of meds; does not sound like tardive dyskenesia. ...Read more

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Do anticholinergic medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) have a link with mild cognitive impairment?

No: Unlikely; Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has drowsy effects, but clears out after few hours. Interestingly can cause paradoxical stimulation as a side effect. A chronic mild cognitive impairment could be something else. ...Read more

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Has anyone here had experience with mild cognitive impairment (mci) patient and does it progress to Alzheimer's or not?

Has anyone here had experience with mild cognitive impairment (mci) patient and does it progress to Alzheimer's or not?

A few extra points.: Mci is the first indication of a cognitive problem, and usually involves an only memory the amnestic mci pt can get alzheimer's about 90% in 10 yrs, but 10% stay ok. If the mci involves organizational skills, or awareness, or includes hallucinations, this group may develop parkinson's or frontotemporal dementia. Many doctors might use meds on mci pts early protectively. ...Read more

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Pls suggest cognitive therapy exercises to practice at home. I have mild OCD . Cannot see a doc becos of socialstigma here in india. Pls help. Trapped?

Pls suggest cognitive therapy exercises to practice at home. I have mild OCD . Cannot see a doc becos of socialstigma here in india. Pls help. Trapped?

Good books and...: This is not my greatest area of expertise but there are many online resources & good books like http://www.Cherrypedrick.Com/ocdworkbook/, http://www.Ocfoundation.Org/eo_selferp.Aspx & http://ocd.About.Com/od/treatment/a/relaxation_ocd.Htm homeopathy can be very helpful for treating ocd and seeing a good homeopath for your overall health should be without stigma. ...Read more

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How do I help my mom who is showing signs of depression or mild cognitive impairment?

How do I help my mom who is showing signs of depression or mild cognitive impairment?

Treatment: Help her to see her family doctor and accompany her to the appointment so the doctor knows your concerns. He/she can work to differentiate cognitive changes related to depression from those of early dementia (though some have both) your mother's physician can then make the appropriate referral for treatment if indicated. ...Read more

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Can a whiplash injury cause mild cognitive attention/eye focusing problems?

Can a whiplash injury cause mild cognitive attention/eye focusing problems?

Whiplash: Depending on how severe your whiplash is it can cause dizziness, nausea, and head trauma. Attention and eye focusing problems can be a result. It would be best to rest for a couple of days and see if the effects ware off ...Read more

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Yesterday 2 glass storage containers hit left temple. No cognitive changes. Still mild headache, nausea slightly dizzy. How long could symptoms last?

Yesterday 2 glass storage containers hit left temple. No cognitive changes. Still mild headache, nausea slightly dizzy. How long could symptoms last?

Depends on damage: Symptom duration will vary depending on what happened inside your head. If you have any remaining effects by Monday, call your doctor for an exam ASAP. If if gets any worse before then, go to an ER. If it is definitely better and better - just watch and note down the progress a few X's a day. I hope that's how it goes. ...Read more

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