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Dement Neuropsychol 2013 December;7(4):361-362



Nitrini R, Engelhardt E In the December 2013 issue


In the December 2013 issue


n this issue of Dementia & Neuropsychologia, we

are publishing one review, ten original papers, one case report and the irst paper inaugurating the History Note section of the journal, which shall be edited by Prof. Eliasz Engelhardt.

Brucki reviewed the epidemiology of mild cog-nitive impairment (MCI) in Brazil concluding that Brazilian data remain scarce hampering comparisons with other countries. Her indings should prompt in-vestigators to undertake and publish investigations on the epidemiology of MCI in Brazil.

Batista et al. investigated the test-retest reli-ability of tests of the Brazilian version of the CERAD battery. Better retest scores were observed with a 20-day interval, suggesting that retest should be applied after longer intervals or by using alternate forms of the tests.

Foss et al. evaluated the performance of middle-aged and elderly Brazilian on the Mattis Dementia Rating Scale (DRS) to propose norms for improving the diagnostic accuracy of this scale. Age and educa-tional level were taken into account as these two fac-tors have strong correlation with DRS scores.

Silagi et al. investigated the efects of social ex-posure on communication in the elderly. he authors found that sociodemographic features were associ-ated with communication habits (partners and com-munication time) and that time devoted to communi-cation with friends may indicate cognitive diiculties

Lima-Silva et al. carried out the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Frontotemporal Dementia Rating Scale (FTD-FRS) for use in Brazil. his scale was considered suitable to aid in staging and determining disease progression for Brazilian-Portuguese-speaking patients with frontotemporal dementia.

Souza-do-Carmo et al. investigated renal func-tion in elderly with and without Alzheimer’s disease (AD). heir conclusions were that patients with AD

have lower glomerular iltration and a greater in-cidence of microalbuminuria, not associated with higher vascular risk factors. hese are preliminary indings and further studies should be conducted to investigate the renal function of elderly with AD.

Castro-Costa et al. investigated the association between nutritional status and cognitive impairment in community-dwelling elderly. he authors found that cognitive impairment was associated with fat mass measures in the group aged between 60 and 69 yet with muscle mass measures in the group aged over 70.

Rezende et al. compared theCognitive Abilities Screening Instrument-Short Form (CASI-S) with Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), and the Functional Activities Questionnaire for the diagnosis of dementia in illiterate elderly. he authors found a high correlation between the CASI-S and MMSE and suggested further studies to evaluate the use of CASI-S for dementia diagnosis in populations with a het-erogeneous educational background.

Marroni et al. evaluated the normal values of cerebral perfusion using single-photon emission to-mography (SPECT) with 99mTc-ethyl cysteinate

dim-mer. his method may allow further quantiication of SPECT data, speciically the comparison of patients with normal controls.

Hur & Caixeta evaluated more complex language tasks in two cases of semantic dementia, inding that the interpretations of proverbs and metaphors as well as comprehension of ironic statements were disturbed. he possible causes of these symptoms are discussed.

Fortes et al. reported two cases of neurosarcoid-osis presenting as rapidly progressive dementia. he diagnostic criteria and diferential diagnosis of this condition are discussed.


stud-Dement Neuropsychol 2013 December;7(4):361-362


362 In the December 2013 issue Nitrini R, Engelhardt E

ies on basal formations of the brain, particularly of Meynert’s basal nucleus, emphasizing the works of Meynert and also of Reil, Gratiolet and Koelliker.

Champs et al. reported a case of a patient with progressive paraparesis and cognitive changes re-ferred with the possible diagnosis of multiple scle-rosis, whose serum and cerebrospinal luid were positive for HTLV-I infection. he authors discuss the

diferential diagnosis between these two conditions emphasizing the dissimilar patterns of cognitive impairment.

Ricardo Nitrini




istorical Note is a new permanent section now being inaugurated in Dementia &


One might ask: why study history of neurology and related issues, when history is largely regarded as events of the past that are outdated and no longer valued in practical terms?

he answer is clear: our present is based on our past, and we should be fully aware of where we have been, and where we are, before we venture into the future. Traditional sayings such as “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”, among others, clearly denote this view.

Studying history develops a critical view of pres-ent achievempres-ents. History allows us to understand the pioneering researchers, their lives and struggles, their reasoning, their successes and failures, the re-lentless pursuit of their aims in an unabated fash-ion, their achievements, how they paved the way in a poorly charted brain, their egos…

To view past achievements as meritless is folly, as oftentimes, ill-described structures can become, sometimes decades or centuries later, advance tech-niques and lourishing functional systems.

History allows us to explore the roots of today’s ideas and practices and thus to appreciate both the ephemeral nature of knowledge and the need for continual learning. A sense of humility and of con-structive criticism for personal endeavors develops in those who look to past achievements.

Some authors that have inspired these consider-ations should be cited: such as Cordell, 1904; Guthrie,

1945; hornton, 1987; Finger, 2000; Koehler et al., 2000; Maienschein,2000; Gooday et al., 2008; Roche et al., 2009; Gomes and Teive, 2012.

he instructions for submitting manuscripts are very lexible: the main text may have up to 1,500 words, with an abstract, including keywords, con-taining about 150 words, references may number up to 30, and, optionally, up to 2 igures and 2 tables or boxes may be included. General additional informa-tion can be obtained from the site of the journal.

One should keep in mind that writing history re-quires the reading of original texts (primary) which represents a irsthand re-reading and re-interpreta-tion of the writings, as it is known that very often the ilter of time and of secondary works may distort or even miss out parts of the original indings, resulting in errors which may frequently be accepted as truths, and perpetuated for long periods.

Call for papers: After these relections and instruc-tions, the editor hereby invites all professionals from our neurological and cognitive community to submit a paper on history. Clearly, in view of the characteris-tics of this journal, the focus should center mainly on authors and their works that have inluenced think-ing on cognition, behavior and related neuroscientiic issues.

Now is the time to begin.

Eliasz Engelhardt


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