Akshay Nair

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Akshay is currently at UCL, studying as a Wolfson Clinical Research Fellow, doing a PhD in neurodegenerative disease. He has a special interest in dementia and cognition, and is currently running a PET study to develop a novel way of measuring neuro-inflammation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. He has a broader interest in the biological basis of mental illness and was recently a co-author of the 'Neuroscience and Mental Illness' chapter in the Chief Medical Officer's recent report.


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Cognitive tests for dementia: MMSE, Mini-Cog and ACE-R


Akshay Nair explores the results of a systematic review of cognitive tests for dementia and mild cognitive impairment, which focuses on the MMSE, Mini-Cog, ACE-R and MoCA instruments. Along the way he explains how diagnostic tests work and how sensitivity and specificity are useful measures to get your head around.

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Dementia risk factors in people with mild cognitive impairment

People with a learning disability and family carers are able to talk about end-of-life care and healthcare professionals need to acknowledge and respect this expertise

Akshay Nair summarises a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of modifiable predictors of dementia in mild cognitive impairment. The meta-analysis finds that diabetes and the presence of any neuropsychiatric symptoms significantly predicted the conversion of mild cognitive impairment to dementia.

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