A Computerized Test May Help Detect Cognitive Impairment

The study covered in this summary was published on researchsquare.com as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways The Loewenstein-Acevedo Scales for Semantic Interference and Learning, Brief Computerized Version (LASSI-BC) measured early cognitive change in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and was able to differentiate between cognitively unimpaired (CU) and amnestic … Read more

Do Psychotropic Meds Raise or Lower COVID Risk?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Different psychotropic medications are associated with different risks of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients with serious mental illness, a new study suggests. Investigators found that second-generation antipsychotics were associated with a 48% lower risk of COVID-19, while valproic acid was associated with … Read more

A Real, but Overlooked Syndrome

When an individual develops a terminal illness, those closest to them often start to grieve long before the person dies. Although a common syndrome, it often goes unrecognized and unaddressed. A new review proposes a way of defining this specific type of grief in the hope that better, more precise descriptive categories will inform therapeutic … Read more

Neurocognitive Sequelae of COVID-19 After Acute Infection

The study covered in this summary was published in medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways The burden of self-reported post-acute symptoms and possible sequelae, particularly fatigue and neurocognitive impairment, remains significant 6 to 12 months after acute, even among young and middle-aged adults after mild acute SARS-CoV-2 infection, … Read more

Executive Function Deficits a New Treatment Target for PTSD?

DENVER — Deficits in executive function are linked to with development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and exacerbation of such symptoms over time, new research suggests. “To our knowledge, this study is the first to show that executive function deficits maintain PTS symptoms following trauma exposure,” investigators note in research presented here at the … Read more

Severe COVID-19 Increases Risk for Peripheral Nerve Damage

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv.org as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Patients with COVID-19 are at increased risk for peripheral nerve injuries (PNIs) that can lead to long-term neurologic impairment. Mechanical stress may contribute to the development of PNIs. The most commonly observed site … Read more