[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study is to assess the relationships of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and inflammation with neurocognition in schizophrenia. In this cross-sectional study, we included patients with diagnosis of schizophrenia according to the DSM-IV-TR criteria. We collected socio-demographic information, clinical characteristics, anthropometric measurements, blood tests, and neurocognition measures. A multivariate analysis using multiple linear regressions was performed to determine variables that are potentially associated with neurocognition. The analyses were repeated using MetS as a dichotomised variable (< and ≥3 MetS criteria), a continuous variable (number of MetS criteria present), and for each component of MetS. One hundred and sixty-eight outpatients participated in our study. The prevalence of MetS was 27.4%. An association was found between the number of MetS criteria present and cognitive impairment. Among the different components of MetS, hypertriglycerides and abdominal obesity were the only factors associated with cognitive impairment. Other factors, such as smoking and alcohol dependence or abuse, also revealed a significant relationship, whereas inflammation was not associated with cognitive impairment. In conclusion, our findings suggest that MetS, alcohol use and non-smoking status are associated with cognitive impairment. These findings may support complementary therapeutic approaches in cognitive remediation that lessen the severity of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a brain stimulation technique that has been investigated as a novel treatment for psychiatric disorders, notably in major depression, and has shown statistically significant effects. The authors found it necessary to propose an up-to-date review of positive predictors for antidepressive response to repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Based on an exhaustive consultation of Medline data, supplemented by a manual research, only works evaluating response factors of rTMS in major depression were retained.
Twenty-nine studies were retained, including meta-analyses, reviews, randomized controlled trials and open trials. The most concordant data clearly indicate that a high score of treatment resistance, a long duration of current episode, advanced age, and psychotic symptoms are negative predictors for treatment response to rTMS. In the older patients, menopausal women are especially concerned. However, some parameters should be adapted to the degree of cortical atrophy such as intensity of stimulation or total number of rTMS sessions. Previous response to rTMS therapy seems to be a good predictor contrary to non-response to electroconvulsive therapy. Adjunctive antidepressant treatment shows greater responsiveness to rTMS contrary to benzodiazepine or anticonvulsant treatment. To our knowledge, no study compares unipolar and bipolar depression, the profile of depression is not established yet. Imaging studies show that TMS antidepressant responders differed from non-responders in inferior frontal activity, at baseline, and even more so following treatment. Furthermore, reduced baseline cerebral metabolism in cerebellar, temporal, anterior cingulate and occipital regions of the brain was correlated with improvement after two weeks of fast (20Hz) left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) rTMS. Additionally, a right frontal region emerges with divergent polarity in the metabolic prediction of response to low rTMS. Inhibiting right DLPFC or stimulating DLPFC shows similar results, the choice on the side of stimulation does not seem determining. Bilateral stimulation for the moment does not seem superior to unilateral stimulation. Parameters of stimulation associated with effectiveness of rTMS are an intensity of stimulation higher than 100% of the motor threshold, a number of stimulations per sessions superior to 1000, and a full number of days of treatment greater than 10.
Parameters of stimulation must be adapted according to the treated patients. For example, older patients who present cortical atrophy need higher intensity of stimulation. Other criteria could influence effectiveness of rTMS in the same way. Would it be necessary, for example, to adapt the duration or the intensity of stimulation according to the severity of the depressive episode or its duration of evolution? Do antecedents of resistance to a pharmacological treatment oblige us to stimulate differently? Few studies exceed 10 days of treatment; will longer duration of treatment be more effective? Also, we did not find any data on the interest of maintenance treatment among responders. Should the characteristics of the depressive disorder or its evolution require maintenance treatment? What will be its rhythm and its duration? Should we adapt rTMS parameters to abnormalities highlighted by functional neuroimagery? The prospects for work remain numerous.
L Encéphale 09/2012; 38(4):360-8. · 0.49 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Functional neuroimaging studies have suggested similar mechanisms underlying antidepressant effects of distinct therapeutics.
This study aimed to determine and compare functional brain patterns underlying the antidepressant response of 2 distinct protocols of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).
99mTc-ECD SPECT was performed before and after rTMS of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in 61 drug-resistant right-handed patients with major depression, using high frequency (10Hz) left-side stimulation in 33 patients, and low frequency (1Hz) right-side stimulation in 28 patients. Efficiency of rTMS response was defined as at least 50% reduction of the baseline Beck Depression Inventory score. We compared the whole-brain voxel-based brain SPECT changes in perfusion after rTMS, between responders and non-responders in the whole sample (p<0.005, uncorrected), and separately in the subgroup of patients with left- and right-stimulation.
Before rTMS, the left- and right-prefrontal stimulation groups did not differ from clinical data and brain SPECT perfusion. rTMS efficiency (evaluated on % of responders) was statistically equivalent in the two groups of patients. In the whole-group of responder patients, a perfusion decrease was found after rTMS, in comparison to non-responders, within the left perirhinal cortex (BA35, BA36). This result was secondarily confirmed separately in the two subgroups, i.e. after either left stimulation (p=0.017) or right stimulation (p<0.001), without significant perfusion differences between these two subgroups.
These data show that distinct successful rTMS protocols induce equivalent brain functional changes associated to antidepressive efficiency, consisting to a remote brain limbic activity decrease within the left perirhinal cortex. However, these results will have to be confirmed in a double-blind randomized trial using a sham control group.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 07/2012; 39(2):364-70. · 3.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate the neural substrate underlying quality of life (QoL) in patients with schizophrenia. Thirty-one right-handed patients were included. Patients were grouped according to 'high' and 'low' QoL levels. Whole-brain single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with (99m)Tc-labeled ethylcysteinate dimer ((99m)Tc-ECD), for the measurement of voxel-based regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF), was used to compare these two groups with Statistical Parametric Mapping. Correlations of rCBF with QoL scores were secondarily explored. Nineteen of the 31 patients had a high QoL level. There was no significant difference in demographic and clinical characteristics between patients with high and low QoL levels. In comparison to patients with low QoL, those with high QoL exhibited significant bilateral temporal hypoperfusions, primarily in the superior temporal sulcus (STS). In the total group of patients, perfusion in the left STS was negatively correlated with psychological well-being, self-esteem, and sentimental life, as well as with the global index of the questionnaire. This study shows that perfusion of the STS, a brain area thought to contribute to self/other awareness and metacognition, is involved in the functional substrate underlying QoL. Our findings contribute to clarifying the scientific foundation required for a better clinical use of QoL questionnaires by suggesting that the recognition of illness-related impairment is associated with alteration of QoL.
Psychiatry Research 06/2012; 202(2):155-60. · 2.68 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Preserved insight into illness has been suggested to be predictive of outcome in patients with schizophrenia. We aimed to investigate the functional substrate underlying preserved insight in these patients.
We recruited patients with paranoid schizophrenia and healthy controls matched for age and sex. Patients were grouped according to preserved or impaired insight into illness using the Scale to assess Unawareness of Mental Disorder (SUMD). Whole-brain technetium-99m ethyl cysteinate dimer single photon emission computed tomography regional cerebral blood flow was compared at the voxel level between the 2 groups using a statistical parametric map (voxel-level significance of p < 0.001, uncorrected; cluster level significance of p < 0.05, uncorrected).
We enrolled 31 right-handed patients with schizophrenia and 18 controls in our study. Twenty-one (67.7%) patients had preserved insight. The 2 groups did not differ significantly in demographic and clinical characteristics or in treatment. Compared with controls, the whole group of patients showed bilateral frontotemporal hypoperfusions, with no statistical difference between patients with preserved or impaired insight for these areas. Patients with preserved insight showed significantly increased perfusion of the bilateral precuneus relative to those with impaired insight.
Patients with subtypes other than paranoid schizophrenia have to be investigated to assess whether involvement of the precuneus in patients with preserved insight can be identified across the full spectrum of subtypes and symptoms of schizophrenia. Moreover, our study concerned only the central dimension (awareness of mental disorder) of 1 scale (SUMD); other dimensions of insight could be studied.
Our results show that schizophrenia with preserved insight is associated with greater perfusion of the precuneus, a brain area known to be involved in self- consciousness, suggesting a compensatory mechanism of fronto-temporal impairment.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of insight into illness on self-reported quality of life (QoL) for patients with schizophrenia.
This cross-sectional study was conducted in the psychiatric department of a French public university teaching hospital. The data collected included socio-demographic information, clinical characteristics, medications, cognitive performance assessments, insight into illness, and the S-QoL 18. A multivariate analysis using multiple linear regressions was performed to determine variables potentially associated with QoL levels.
One hundred and thirteen outpatients with stable schizophrenia were enrolled in our study. Significant associations were found between QoL and socio-demographic characteristics: a higher QoL was associated with marital status (in couple) and employment. Concerning insight into illness, lower QoL levels were associated with better awareness of the mental disorder, whereas higher QoL levels were associated with better awareness of positive and negative symptoms. Elementary neuropsychological measures were not statistically associated with QoL.
Insight into illness, marital status and employment were the most important features associated with QoL, whereas there was no evidence that elementary neurocognition directly influenced QoL. The different facets of insight into illness should be considered to guide the development of specific interventions intended to improve QoL. Moreover, this study highlights the need for clinicians to pay more attention to the personal impact of schizophrenia, especially upon family life and work.
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry 03/2012; 36(2):271-6. · 3.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective. The aim of this study is to assess the relationships of cardiovascular risk factors with verbal learning and memory in patients with schizophrenia. Methods and Design. cross-sectional study. Inclusion Criteria. Diagnosis of schizophrenia according to the DSM-IV-TR criteria. Data Collection. Sociodemographic information, clinical characteristics, anthropometric measurements, blood tests, and episodic memory using the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT). Analysis. A multivariate analysis using multiple linear regressions was performed to determine variables that are potentially associated with verbal learning and memory. Results. One hundred and sixty-eight outpatients participated in our study. An association was found between the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and memory impairment on measures of verbal learning, and short- and long-term memory. Among the different components of MeTS, hypertriglycerides, abdominal obesity, and low HDL cholesterol were the only factors associated with memory impairment. Alcohol dependence or abuse was associated with a higher rate of forgetting. Conclusion. Our findings suggest that MetS and alcohol use may be linked with memory impairment in schizophrenia. These findings provide important insights into the interdependencies of cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive disorders and support novel strategies for treating and preventing cognitive disorders in patients with schizophrenia.
Cardiovascular Psychiatry and Neurology 01/2012; 2012:204043.