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This database contains 2 studies, archived under the term: "backward digit span."

Cognitive outcomes after sertaline treatment in patients with depression of Alzheimer disease

Objectives: Although many depressed patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) are treated with antidepressants, the effect of such treatment on cognitive performance in these patients is not known. The authors report cognitive outcomes in patients with depression of AD (dAD) after a 24-week trial of sertraline or placebo.; Design: Placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind trial.; Setting: Outpatient memory […]

Mental and physical activities delay cognitive decline in older persons with dementia

Objectives: To examine the effects of cognitive stimulation (mahjong) and physical exercise (tai chi [TC]) on cognitive performance in persons with dementia.; Design: Cluster-randomized open-label controlled design.; Setting: Nursing homes.; Participants: One hundred ten residents, most of whom were cholinesterase-inhibitor naive. Inclusion criteria were Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) = 10-24 and suffering from at least very mild […]

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