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  • March 13, 2014
  • 12:11 PM
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Outcome in REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

This is the second in series of posts examining recent research in sleep and the brain.Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder is a complex sleep problem seen primarily in older adults.REM, or dream sleep, typically occurs with atonia.  Atonia is the temporary state of muscle paralysis.  This prohibits muscular activity or acting out during dream states.With REM sleep behavior disorder, atonia is not present with REM sleep resulting in motor restlessness, agitation and occasio........ Read more »

Iranzo A, Fernández-Arcos A, Tolosa E, Serradell M, Molinuevo JL, Valldeoriola F, Gelpi E, Vilaseca I, Sánchez-Valle R, Lladó A.... (2014) Neurodegenerative Disorder Risk in Idiopathic REM Sleep Behavior Disorder: Study in 174 Patients. PloS one, 9(2). PMID: 24587002  

  • March 11, 2014
  • 11:09 AM
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Depression-related Sleep Abnormalities Vary By Age

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

This month I will be focusing on sleep and the brain. The importance of sleep to normal and abnormal brain functioning is receiving increased research attention.A variety of sleep abnormalities have been described in major depression and bipolar affective disorder. Depression has been linked to delayed sleep onset, reduced time to first rapid eye movement (REM) period, reduced sleep efficiency and disruption of the circadian rhythm of sleep.Sleep physiology also varies throughout the lifesp........ Read more »

Robillard, R., Naismith, S., Smith, K., Rogers, N., White, D., Terpening, Z., Ip, T., Hermens, D., Whitwell, B., Scott, E.... (2014) Sleep-Wake Cycle in Young and Older Persons with a Lifetime History of Mood Disorders. PLoS ONE, 9(2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087763  

  • March 3, 2014
  • 09:14 AM
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Behavioral Weight-Loss in Serious Mental Illness

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are at higher risk for obesity.This risk may be related to physical inactivity, diet or the weight gain commonly associated with psychotropic drug use.Few clinical trials for weight loss have targeted individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). This population may pose specific challenges in recruitment, adherence and outcome.Gail Daumit and colleagues recently published a randomized clinical trial of behavioral weight loss in a cohort with S........ Read more »

Daumit GL, Dickerson FB, Wang NY, Dalcin A, Jerome GJ, Anderson CA, Young DR, Frick KD, Yu A, Gennusa JV 3rd.... (2013) A behavioral weight-loss intervention in persons with serious mental illness. The New England journal of medicine, 368(17), 1594-602. PMID: 23517118  

  • February 24, 2014
  • 08:17 AM
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Fish Consumption and Brain Health

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

I have previously examined outcomes for MRI changes known as brain white matter hyperintensities (WMHI).WMHIs are noted in a minority of adults and are not completely understood. The changes are considered subclinical in nature, meaning  they do not reach a threshold for medical significance.However, these subclinical WMHI are linked to higher rates of premature cognitive decline. Absence of WMHI is seen by some as one marker of brain health.Jyrki Virtanen and colleagues from Finl........ Read more »

  • February 17, 2014
  • 08:02 AM
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Acute Brain Response to Exercise in Healthy Young Adults

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

This month I have been reviewing recent research on the effects of exercise on the brain.Exercise appears to have both acute and chronic effects on brain physiology and function. Newer imaging techniques provide sensitive tools to study exercise and the brain.Bradley Macintosh and colleagues recently paired an aerobic exercise task with measurements of cerebral blood flow and blood oxygen utilization.The key elements of the design of their experiment included the following elements:Subjects........ Read more »

  • February 13, 2014
  • 07:47 AM
  • 798 views

Weight Training for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in Women

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

This is the fifth in a series of articles examining research findings on exercise and the brain.Type 2 diabetes and obesity can contribute to risk for early cognitive decline and dementia.Strategies that reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes may indirectly contribute to brain health.Aerobic exercise and weight loss are known to reduce Type 2 diabetes risk.However, the role of weight training on diabetes risk is less clear.A recent study has shed some light on the potential role for weight training........ Read more »

  • February 11, 2014
  • 08:33 AM
  • 754 views

Exercise and a Healthy Hippocampus in Middle Age

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

The beneficial effects of exercise on the brain has received significant research attention in children and older adults.Fewer research studies target young and middle aged adults.William Killgore and colleagues recently addressed this population in a study published in Scientific Reports.They preformed a cross-sectional correlation study of brain structure and self-reported exercise habits.Sixty one men and women between the ages of 18 and 45 years of age were recruited for the study.Subjects w........ Read more »

  • February 5, 2014
  • 10:18 AM
  • 884 views

Exercise Trial for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Current drug treatments for cognitive impairment and dementia show limited effectiveness.Alternative adjunctive treatments in those with early cognitive impairment are needed.In a previous post, I outlined a review of what we know about exercise and cognition in elderly populations.An additional study is relevant to this topic and important.Takao Suzuki and colleagues in Japan conducted a randomized controlled trial of multicomponent exercise in older adults with evidence of mild cognitive impai........ Read more »

  • February 3, 2014
  • 10:12 AM
  • 1,067 views

Aging, Exercise and Brain Plasticity

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Over the next month, I will be focusing on the effects of exercise on the brain.This topic is important for several reasons. Exercise appears to play a preventive role in the effects of brain aging in normal adults.Exercise may aid in the slowing of progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.Exercise is a promising adjunct to treatment of a variety of other brain disorders including depression and anxiety disorder.For this post, I want to highlight wh........ Read more »

Erickson KI, Gildengers AG, & Butters MA. (2013) Physical activity and brain plasticity in late adulthood. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 15(1), 99-108. PMID: 23576893  

  • January 27, 2014
  • 08:09 AM
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Vagal Nerve Blockade in Type 2 Diabetes Clinical Trial

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

One of the potential advances in diabetes management is modulation of the vagus nerve.The vagus nerve appears to influence a variety of physiological factors related to calorie intake, metabolism and blood glucose control.Severing the vagus nerve (vagotomy) results in weight loss and increased satiety but can cause gastric retention.An implantable device that can intermittently block vagal nerves may provide favorable metabolic modulation without the adverse effects of vagotomy.An initial study ........ Read more »

Shikora S, Toouli J, Herrera MF, Kulseng B, Zulewski H, Brancatisano R, Kow L, Pantoja JP, Johnsen G, Brancatisano A.... (2013) Vagal blocking improves glycemic control and elevated blood pressure in obese subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Journal of obesity, 245683. PMID: 23984050  

  • January 20, 2014
  • 07:51 AM
  • 874 views

Alternate Day Fasting for Weight Loss and Cardioprotection

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

I have previously commented on the alternate day fasting diet for weight loss. Studies have generally supported this strategy.  Alternate day fasting restricts caloric intake to an evening meal of 25% of caloric needs every other day.On non-fasting days, dieters are encouraged to eat a typical diet without restriction.A recent randomized controlled trial of alternate day fasting has been published in Nutrition Journal.Krista Varady and colleagues from the University of Illinois designe........ Read more »

  • January 14, 2014
  • 09:20 AM
  • 731 views

Weight Loss Drug Combo Improves Sleep Apnea

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Obesity is a risk factor for obstructive sleep apnea. Use of a positive airway pressure (PAP) device is the standard treatment for sleep apnea.However, PAP commonly is only moderately effective in reducing sleep disruption and day time fatigue. A significant number of individuals fail to use their PAP devices due to inconvenience or mask problems.Weight loss alone can improve sleep in those developing sleep apnea. Winslow and colleagues at the Kentucky Research conducted a randomi........ Read more »

  • January 13, 2014
  • 09:48 AM
  • 756 views

Low Carb-Mediterranean Diet Combo Sheds Fat in Trial

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

In keeping with this month's theme of obesity, the brain and weight loss I want to look at some clinical trial research.Brain Posts does not endorse any type of diet or weight loss pills or substances. Personal dietary and obesity medication use choices need to be made with a qualified health professional.However, I do post some dietary research that I find interesting. I have previously posted summaries of research related to the Mediterranean diet and beneficial cognitive and cardiovascular ef........ Read more »

  • January 9, 2014
  • 10:58 AM
  • 1,067 views

How the Body Blocks Effect of Exercise After Weight-Loss

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Weight loss with aerobic physical activity does not correspond to a one-to-one relationship.For example if you started to burn 500 calories per day on a seven day per week basis, you might expect to lose one pound per week (3500 calories = one pound).But this is not the case. In a previous post, weight loss does occur with starting a physical exercise program but may be only 10-20% efficient over time.One way the body blocks exercise-induced weight loss is via adjustment in what is known as the ........ Read more »

  • January 8, 2014
  • 10:48 AM
  • 725 views

Vigorous Exercise and Weight Loss

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Exercise alone without dieting appears to have a limited effect on weight loss.However, even small amounts of weight loss can lead to improved health and reduction of risk for diabetes and other obesity-related disorders.A recent study examined the effect of a supervised aerobic exercise activity on weight loss.Joseph Donnelly along with colleagues from the University of Kansas recently published their results on weight with exercise.This trial comes from the study known as the Midwest Exercise ........ Read more »

Donnelly JE, Honas JJ, Smith BK, Mayo MS, Gibson CA, Sullivan DK, Lee J, Herrmann SD, Lambourne K, & Washburn RA. (2013) Aerobic exercise alone results in clinically significant weight loss for men and women: midwest exercise trial 2. Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.), 21(3). PMID: 23592678  

  • January 7, 2014
  • 09:37 AM
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Weight Loss Surgery Improves Memory and Cognition

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

I have reviewed some research evidence documenting the adverse effect of obesity on cognition.Dementia rates do appear increased in obese populations but the mechanism and issue of causality is unclear.If there is a direct effect of obesity on brain function, one might expect weight loss to improve cognition.There have been a series of papers examining changes in cognition following bariatric weight loss surgery using the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery study.At baseline, about one ........ Read more »

Gunstad J, Strain G, Devlin MJ, Wing R, Cohen RA, Paul RH, Crosby RD, & Mitchell JE. (2011) Improved memory function 12 weeks after bariatric surgery. Surgery for obesity and related diseases : official journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 7(4), 465-72. PMID: 21145295  

Alosco ML, Galioto R, Spitznagel MB, Strain G, Devlin M, Cohen R, Crosby RD, Mitchell JE, & Gunstad J. (2013) Cognitive function after bariatric surgery: evidence for improvement 3 years after surgery. American journal of surgery. PMID: 24119892  

  • January 2, 2014
  • 11:08 AM
  • 889 views

Getting Fat, Getting Old and Cognition

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

I want to start 2014 out with a focus on diet, obesity and cognitive health. I will be reviewing some recent randomized controlled trials for weight loss.However, before looking a weight loss, I wanted to frame the discussion with an overview of what is known about the general population trend for increased obesity in the context of longer mean length of life.Roger Fielding and colleagues recently published an excellent review of this issue in a manuscript entitled "The Paradox of Overnutrition ........ Read more »

Fielding RA, Gunstad J, Gustafson DR, Heymsfield SB, Kral JG, Launer LJ, Penninger J, Phillips DI, & Scarmeas N. (2013) The paradox of overnutrition in aging and cognition. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 31-43. PMID: 23682739  

  • December 18, 2013
  • 10:07 AM
  • 899 views

A Screening Tool For Autism Spectrum in Adults

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Progress in the early diagnosis of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is being made for young children.However, there has been less attention to the diagnosis of autism in adults.Many adults with autism and ASD passed through childhood before much was known about these disorders.This means many adults with ASD may still be not be diagnosed and are not being referred for potentially beneficial services.A recent study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden supports the validity of a new s........ Read more »

  • December 16, 2013
  • 10:14 AM
  • 1,002 views

Genetic Factors Contribute to Being Skinny

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

An increasing body of research supports a genetic contribution to obesity.However, relatively few genetic studies of the opposite or lean phenotype have been done.The lean phenotype is important to study because being very underweight is linked to mortality risk and several clinical disorders including anorexia nervosa.Typically, I review neuroscience research manuscripts from other scientists in Brain Posts.Today I want to summarize some of my own research published recently in the journal PLOS........ Read more »

Yates WR, Johnson C, McKee P, Cannon-Albright LA. (2013) Genetic Analysis of Low BMI Phenotype in the Utah Population Database. PLOS One. info:/10.1371/journal.pone.0080287

  • December 12, 2013
  • 11:56 AM
  • 1,151 views

Regular Exercise Linked to Lower Dementia Risk in Men

by William Yates, M.D. in Brain Posts

Tiger Woods Practices at 2010 PGA ChampionshipThere has been quite a bit of news coverage of the recent release of a study of the effects of a healthy lifestyle.This study led by Peter Elwood examined the rates of chronic diseases and dementia in a cohort of 2,235 men assessed in 1979 in the city of Caerphilly, United Kingdom.The authors identified five healthy lifestyle variables in the original assessment including smoking status, BMI, fruit and vegetable consumption, regular exercise and reas........ Read more »

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