Warren Barker

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Category fluency tasks are an important component of neuropsychological assessment, especially when evaluating for dementia syndromes. The growth in the number of Spanish-speaking elderly in the United States has increased the need for appropriate neuropsychological measures and normative data for this population. This study provides norms for English and(More)
The areas of six bilateral brain segments in the right and left hemispheres, on a horizontal brain section, and the area of subdivisions of the corpus callosum, on a midsagittal brain section, were measured on magnetic resonance images obtained from 21 dyslexic and 29 control subjects. In the entire group, the frontal half of the horizontal brain section(More)
Sixteen normal volunteers were studied with [F-18] fluorodeoxyglucose and positron emission tomography scans during behavioral activation with a verbal fluency test, and 35 age-matched controls were studied with resting-state scans. There was an overall increase of the cerebral glucose metabolic rate of 23.3% during verbal fluency activation, compared to(More)
BACKGROUND Despite convenience, accessibility, and strong correlation to severity of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathology, medial temporal lobe atrophy (MTA) has not been used as a criterion in the diagnosis of prodromal and probable AD. METHODS Using a newly validated visual rating system, mean MTA scores of three bilateral medial temporal lobe structures(More)
Alzheimer disease (AD) is the most common dementing illness in the elderly, but there is equivocal evidence regarding the frequency of other disorders such as Lewy body disease (LBD), vascular dementia (VaD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and hippocampal sclerosis (HS). This ambiguity may be related to factors such as the age and gender of subjects with(More)
The cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme (COX-2) is of particular importance in the inflammatory response and recent findings have demonstrated a considerable role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. In order to assess the possible putative role of a COX-2 polymorphism (765G/C) in AD, we examined its distribution in 161 community-based controls and 168 AD(More)
OBJECTIVE This study investigated predictors of positive (satisfaction) and negative (burden) appraisal among Cuban American (CA) caregivers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. DESIGN Cross-sectional study of AD patients and their family caregivers. SETTING A university-affiliated outpatient memory disorders clinic. SUBJECTS A convenience sample of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the clinical features of three published diagnostic criteria for diffuse Lewy body disease (DLBD) using autopsy-confirmed Alzheimer's (AD), DLBD and AD+DLBD (mixed) dementia cases. DESIGN Retrospective chart review of an autopsy series of 56 patients selected from the State of Florida Brain Bank on(More)
Impairment in delayed recall has traditionally been considered a hallmark feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, vulnerability to semantic interference may reflect early manifestations of the disorder. In this study, 26 mildly demented AD patients (mild AD), 53 patients with mild cognitive impairment without dementia (MCI), and 53 normal(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether the temporal onset of visual phenomena distinguishes Lewy body disease (LBD) from Alzheimer's disease (AD), and to characterize the extent Lewy bodies and neurofibrillary tangles are associated with these clinical features. METHODS Consecutive cases of autopsy-confirmed LBD (n = 41), AD (n = 70), and AD with(More)