Functional decline, measured as the loss of ability to accomplish activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing, planning or cooking a meal, and paying bills, is the major symptom in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and the primary source of caregiver burden. Yet, few studies have focused on ways to slow this functional decline.
In a recently published study in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers, co-led by an investigator from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, reported that vitamin E, also known as alpha tocopherol, reduced functional decline in patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
The Department of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has opened a new center to investigate and treat tics, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and related disorders, which are estimated to affect more than 2 million people in the United States. The new center, at 1240 Park Avenue and 96th Street, serves patients in a clinical setting that is located down the hall from a research facility that will conduct clinical trials, genetic analysis, and functional brain imaging to learn more about the disorders.
Operated by the Division of Tic, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Related Disorders (DTOR), the center “is in the vanguard of academic psychiatry because it embraces the concept that tic disorders and OCD frequently overlap and are life-cycle disorders, not separate child and adult disorders,” says Wayne Goodman, MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine, and the Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor of Psychiatry. “We are among the first medical centers to put this important concept into practice in a way that improves patient care and research.”