Treatment of Dementia

October, 2013 | Vol: 11 Issue: 10

In this issue

Learning Objective

Article

Current Pharmacological Treatment of Dementia

Treatment of Dementia - The Carlat Psychiatry Report (TCPR)

Patients with dementia and their families may express frustration about the limited number of options for improving cognitive symptoms, but they are not without choices. Here we will review a number of pharmacological treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other major types of dementia.

Expert Q&A

Psychiatric Illness in the Elderly

Duke University’s Dr. Dan Blazer explains special considerations for treating psychiatric disorders in the elderly.

Research Update

A Blood Test for Suicide?

Prediction of suicidal behavior has long been considered more of an art than a science, although the use of clinical and demographic features can help improve risk assessment. An accurate biological test or “biomarker” for suicidality would be valuable, and a recent study takes us one step closer to that goal.

News of Note

APA Warns Against Common Uses of Antipsychotics

In September, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a list of common, but potentially dangerous and inappropriate, uses for antipsychotics.

Vortioxetine (Brintellix) approved for MDD

The FDA has approved vortioxetine (Brintellix) for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD). Brintellix is a novel antidepressant thought to work by enhancing serotonergic acitivty as a serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitor and agonist of the 5-HT1A receptor, among other mechanisms.

The Brain May Remove Toxins During Sleep

Scientists have discovered that the brains of mice clean toxins from between cells while they are sleeping. During sleep, the space between brain cells increases by about 60%, allowing the glymphatic system, or the brain’s “plumbing” system, to flush the brain with fluid.