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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 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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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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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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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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