Frontotemporal dementia

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Frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a term that describes a group of neurodegenerative conditions that affect the front and sides of the brain (the areas called the frontal and temporal lobes respectively). The cause of FTD is not fully understood at this time. However, scientists believe that genetics and environmental factors may have an influence. Additionally, many studies have shown unusually high levels of proteins in the nerve cells of individuals with the condition. Ultimately, FTD causes the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain to shrink over time (frontotemporal atrophy).

Symptoms of FTD are often categorized either as behavioral changes or as speech and language difficulties, which reflect the brain areas affected. In certain forms of FTD, motor symptoms may appear as well. Behavioral changes are often seen as a loss of empathy, increasing lack of judgment, and depression. Language problems are seen as an increased difficulty with speaking or understanding language. This disease is most often found in older individuals who are in their 50s or 60s. Sadly, once the process begins, symptoms tend to progressively worsen over time.

Although there is no conclusive test to diagnose FTD, a combination of blood tests, reasoning/memory tests, and various brain scans can aid in diagnosing the condition. With brain imaging scans like MRIs, it is sometimes even possible to see the shrinking of the frontal and temporal lobes. If you or your family member has been diagnosed with FTD, talk with your doctor and specialists about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information and help connect you with other individuals and families affected by FTD.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Frontotemporal dementia" for support, advocacy or research.

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Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and fund research into finding the cause and cure for the frontotemporal dementias; to provide information, education, and support to persons diagnosed with frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and their families and caregivers; and to educate physicians and allied health professionals about FTD.

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "Frontotemporal dementia" for support, advocacy or research.

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Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) is a nationwide non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and fund research into finding the cause and cure for the frontotemporal dementias; to provide information, education, and support to persons diagnosed with frontotemporal dementias (FTD) and their families and caregivers; and to educate physicians and allied health professionals about FTD.

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Last Updated: 8 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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Research articles describe the outcome of a single study. They are the published results of original research.
The terms "Frontotemporal dementia" returned 426 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A novel network analysis approach reveals DNA damage, oxidative stress and calcium/cAMP homeostasis-associated biomarkers in frontotemporal dementia.
 

Author(s): Fernando Palluzzi, Raffaele Ferrari, Francesca Graziano, Valeria Novelli, Giacomina Rossi, Daniela Galimberti, Innocenzo Rainero, Luisa Benussi, Benedetta Nacmias, Amalia C Bruni, Daniele Cusi, Erika Salvi, Barbara Borroni, Mario Grassi

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Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) is the form of neurodegenerative dementia with the highest prevalence after Alzheimer's disease, equally distributed in men and women. It includes several variants, generally characterized by behavioural instability and language impairments. Although ...

Last Updated: 11 Oct 2017

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Language in Frontotemporal Dementia: an analysis in light of Enunciative-Discursive Neurolinguistics.
 

Author(s): Daniel de Martino Ucedo, Karoline Pimentel Dos Santos, Ana Paula de Oliveira Santana

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The aim of this case study was to perform a cross-sectional analysis of spontaneous speech of a patient with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). For this purpose, four speech and language therapy episodes, from 2012 to 2014, were selected, transcribed and analyzed in light of Enunciative-Discursive ...

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2017

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Behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia: Distinct phenotypes with unique functional profiles.
 

Author(s): Claire M O'Connor, Ramon Landin-Romero, Lindy Clemson, Cassandra Kaizik, Naomi Daveson, John R Hodges, Sharpley Hsieh, Olivier Piguet, Eneida Mioshi

Journal: Neurology. 2017 Aug;89(6):570-577.

 

To identify distinct behavioral phenotypes of behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and to elucidate differences in functional, neuroimaging, and progression to residential care placement.

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2017

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Reviews from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Frontotemporal dementia" returned 89 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Microglia and C9orf72 in neuroinflammation and ALS and frontotemporal dementia.
 

Author(s): Deepti Lall, Robert H Baloh

Journal: J. Clin. Invest.. 2017 Sep;127(9):3250-3258.

 

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative disorder that is characterized by loss of motor neurons and shows clinical, pathological, and genetic overlap with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Activated microglia are a universal feature of ALS/FTD pathology; however, their ...

Last Updated: 24 Jul 2017

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Frontotemporal dementia as a comorbidity to idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH): a short review of literature and an unusual case.
 

Author(s): V E Korhonen, E Solje, N M Suhonen, T Rauramaa, R Vanninen, A M Remes, V Leinonen

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Behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) are neurodegenerative diseases that can present with similar symptoms. These include decline in executive functions, psychomotor slowness, and behavioural and personality changes. ...

Last Updated: 19 Apr 2017

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Advances in neuroimaging in frontotemporal dementia.
 

Author(s): Elizabeth Gordon, Jonathan D Rohrer, Nick C Fox

Journal: J. Neurochem.. 2016 Aug;138 Suppl 1():193-210.

 

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a clinically and neuroanatomically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder with multiple underlying genetic and pathological causes. Whilst initial neuroimaging studies highlighted the presence of frontal and temporal lobe atrophy or hypometabolism ...

Last Updated: 9 Aug 2016

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Intranasal Oxytocin for Frontotemporal Dementia
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Frontotemporal Dementia

 

Last Updated: 14 Nov 2017

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Impact of Emotional Mimicry and Oxytocin on Frontotemporal Dementia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Frontotemporal Dementia

 

Last Updated: 9 Mar 2017

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Longitudinal Evaluation of Familial Frontotemporal Dementia Subjects
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Familial Frontotemporal Dementia

 

Last Updated: 21 Mar 2017

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