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Articles by William Thies
Total Records ( 3 ) for William Thies
  Reisa A. Sperling , Clifford R. Jack , Sandra E. Black , Matthew P. Frosch , Steven M. Greenberg , Bradley T. Hyman , Philip Scheltens , Maria C. Carrillo , William Thies , Martin M. Bednar , Ronald S. Black , H. Robert Brashear , Michael Grundman , Eric R. Siemers , Howard H. Feldman and Rachel J. Schindler
  Amyloid imaging related abnormalities (ARIA) have now been reported in clinical trials with multiple therapeutic avenues to lower amyloid-β burden in Alzheimer‘s disease (AD). In response to concerns raised by the Food and Drug Administration, the Alzheimer‘s Association Research Roundtable convened a working group to review the publicly available trial data, attempts at developing animal models, and the literature on the natural history and pathology of related conditions. The spectrum of ARIA includes signal hyperintensities on fluid attenuation inversion recoverysequences thought to represent ”vasogenic edema“ and/or sulcal effusion (ARIA-E), as well as signal hypointensities on GRE/T2∗ thought to represent hemosiderin deposits (ARIA-H), including microhemorrhage and superficial siderosis. The etiology of ARIA remains unclear but the prevailing data support vascular amyloid as a common pathophysiological mechanism leading to increased vascular permeability. The workgroup proposes recommendations for the detection and monitoring of ARIA in ongoing AD clinical trials, as well as directions for future research.
  Zaven S. Khachaturian , Ara S. Khachaturian and William Thies
  This perspective updates the status of the ”National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease“ and the recommendations of the NAPA Advisory Council's Sub–committee on Research. Here, we identify some of the critical issues the future reiterations of the National Plan should consider during implementation phase of the plan. The Journal invites the scientific community to contribute additional ideas and suggestions towards a national research initiative.
  Cyndy B. Cordell , Soo Borson , Malaz Boustani , Joshua Chodosh , David Reuben , Joe Verghese , William Thies and Leslie B. Fried
  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act added a new Medicare benefit, the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), effective January 1, 2011. The AWV requires an assessment to detect cognitive impairment. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) elected not to recommend a specific assessment tool because there is no single, universally accepted screen that satisfies all needs in the detection of cognitive impairment. To provide primary care physicians with guidance on cognitive assessment during the AWV, and when referral or further testing is needed, the Alzheimer's Association convened a group of experts to develop recommendations. The resulting Alzheimer's Association Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Algorithm for Assessment of Cognition includes review of patient Health Risk Assessment (HRA) information, patient observation, unstructured queries during the AWV, and use of structured cognitive assessment tools for both patients and informants. Widespread implementation of this algorithm could be the first step in reducing the prevalence of missed or delayed dementia diagnosis, thus allowing for better healthcare management and more favorable outcomes for affected patients and their families and caregivers.
 
 
 
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