Theodore S Benice

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Understanding cognitive aging is becoming more important as the elderly population grows. Here, the effects of age and sex on learning and memory performance were compared in female and male young (3-4 months old) middle-aged (10-12 months old) and old (18-20 months old) wild-type C57BL/6J mice. Old males and females performed worse than young or(More)
Human tests designed to mirror rodent tests of object recognition and spatial navigation were administered to adult cognitively healthy humans. Facial recognition was also assessed. There was no sex difference in facial recognition, consistent with earlier studies. In the object recognition test, the test-retest NINL total scores during the same visit were(More)
OBJECTIVES To measure exercise induced changes in cortico-motoneuron excitability in Parkinson's disease (PD) before and after levodopa. METHODS Transcranial magnetic stimulation was delivered at 10% above resting motor threshold in 9 PD and 8 control subjects. Each subject performed repetitive isometric wrist extension at 50% of the baseline maximal(More)
Apolipoprotein E (apoE) is involved in the risk to develop sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). Since impaired central acetylcholine (ACh) function is a hallmark of AD, apoE may influence ACh function by modulating muscarinic ACh receptors (mAChRs). To test this hypothesis, mAChR binding was measured in mice lacking apoE and wild type C57BL/6J mice. Mice were(More)
We quantitatively investigated the effect of carbidopa/levodopa (25/100) on physical fatigue during finger tapping and force generation in a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. Parkinson's disease (PD) subjects were randomly assigned to carbidopa/levodopa or placebo for Visit 1 or 2 and participated in the following two studies: (1) Finger(More)
Histidine decarboxylase deficient (Hdc(-/-)) and wild-type male mice on the C57Bl6/J background were used to determine the role of histamine in brain function. 3-5 (Y) and 12-14 (MA) month-old Hdc(-/-) mice showed hypoactivity and increased measures of anxiety in the open field, light-dark, elevated plus-maze, and elevated zero maze tests. Y Hdc(-/-) mice(More)
PURPOSE To assess whether the effects of cranial (56)Fe irradiation on the spatial memory of mice in the water maze are sex and apolipoprotein E (apoE) isoform dependent and whether radiation-induced changes in spatial memory are associated with changes in the dendritic marker microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP-2) and the presynaptic marker(More)
Twenty-five ALS subjects filled out five questionnaires: the ALS Functional Rating Scale, Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory, multidimensional McGill Quality of Life, Center of Epidemiologic Study--Depression Scale, and the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. Fatigue, depression, and excessive somnolence are more pronounced in ALS subjects than in normal controls.(More)
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