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Pimavanserin Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis

Posted 10 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – The "overmedication" of agitated dementia patients – with the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs – is an ongoing issue in U.S. health care. Now, British researchers say they may have found a medicine that helps ease those symptoms, but in a much safer way. The newer antipsychotic pimavanserin appears to ease psychosis symptoms in people with Alzheimer's disease ...

Therapy Reverses Alzheimer's Brain Plaque Buildup -- in Mice

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents' intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack of beta-secretase (BACE1), an enzyme critical in the formation of the plaques, said senior researcher Riqiang Yan. He is vice chair of ...

Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

Posted 12 days ago by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – If you were born with a heart defect, you might have to worry more about developing dementia as you age, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 10,600 people in Denmark born with a heart defect between 1890 and 1982. Compared with the general population, adults born with heart defects during that time period had a 60 percent overall ...

Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

Posted 17 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – If you hope to avoid dementia in old age, having an upbeat view on aging itself might help, new research suggests. Researchers found that people with positive beliefs about aging had a nearly 44 percent lower risk of developing dementia over the next four years than those with a dimmer outlook. The protective link was seen even among people who carried a gene variant ...

What Works Best to Keep Drivers With Dementia Off the Road

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Don't count on physicians to keep drivers with dementia off the roads, a new study cautions. In-person license renewal and driver vision testing laws are more effective than mandatory doctor reporting of patients with dementia, researchers found. "The results of our study point to age-based licensing requirements as an effective way to improve safety," said study co-author ...

Brain 'Pacemaker' Might Help Slow Alzheimer's

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – Stimulating the brain with an implantable device may be safe – and possibly helpful – for some people with Alzheimer's disease, a small pilot study suggests. In what researchers described as a "proof of concept" treatment, three Alzheimer's patients had deep brain stimulation (DBS) wires implanted in the brain – in areas related to skills like planning, judgment and ...

Concussions Tied to Rise in Dementia Risk Decades Later

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – A serious head injury may increase the risk for dementia even decades later, a new, large study suggests. A traumatic injury to the brain – such as a concussion from a sports collision or a motor vehicle accident – is already associated with short-term risk of dementia. But the new research finds that, although the risk decreases over time, it still continues for many ...

Another Alzheimer's Drug Fails: What Makes This Disease So Tough to Fight?

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – As more experimental drugs fail to stop Alzheimer's from destroying human memory, experts now wonder whether research into the devastating brain disease has been marching in the wrong direction. In recent weeks, a pair of high-profile disappointments have been reported, including one just announced on a trial of the Eli Lily drug solanezumab. Now, researchers are trying ...

Health Tip: Disaster Preparedness For People With Alzheimer's

Posted 23 Jan 2018 by

-- Severe weather, an earthquake, a fire or flood all present unique challenges for people with Alzheimer's disease. Their impaired memory and reasoning severely limits their ability to act appropriately during a crisis, the National Institute on Aging says. If you are preparing an emergency kit for someone who has Alzheimer's, the agency suggests including: Incontinenceundergarments, wipes and ...

Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Relaxing in a hot sauna may not only feel good – it might affect your heart and blood vessels in ways that are similar to moderate exercise. That's the finding of a new study that tested the effects of a 30-minute sauna session. The researchers say their results may help explain why people who regularly use saunas tend to have a decreased risk for heart disease and even ...

Health Tip: Maintain Brain Health

Posted 11 Jan 2018 by

-- A healthy brain is necessary for a longer and fuller life. But increasing rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity are threats to maintaining a healthy brain, the American Heart Association warns. In the United States, one of every three adults, or 75 million people, has high blood pressure, the heart association says. Of those, more than half have uncontrolled blood pressure. The ...

Health Tip: Selecting a Nursing Home

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by

-- When it's time to consider a nursing home for a family member or friend, you'll want to choose one that's a good fit personally and financially. The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests: Prioritize what is most important: such as nursing care, meals, physical therapy, a religious connection, hospice care, or special-care services for a person with dementia. Seek recommendations from ...

Getting Active Could Help Boost Memory, Experts Say

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – Physical activity is good for the body and the brain, but what about people with thinking and memory difficulties? A new recommendation from the American Academy of Neurology suggests that exercise is indeed helpful for people with mild cognitive impairment. The condition, in which thinking and memory skills deteriorate, often occurs as people age. Mild cognitive ...

Tips for Holiday Trips With Seniors

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

MONDAY, Dec. 25, 2017 – If you plan to travel with an elderly relative this holiday season, don't leave things to chance, an expert on geriatric medicine says. "Simply traveling long-distance to visit relatives can become increasingly stressful as individuals age," said Dr. Angela Catic, an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine's Center on Aging in Houston. While traveling, make sure ...

Health Tip: Alzheimer's and the Holidays

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by

-- The holiday season can be stressful, especially for people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The U.S. National Institute on Aging offers holiday suggestions for Alzheimer's caregivers: Show a photo of a holiday guest to the person a week before the guest's arrival. Each day, explain who the visitor is while showing the photo. Before the visitor arrives, set up a phone call between your ...

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