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Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic, heavy drinking was a major risk factor for all types of dementia, but specially early onset dementia. Overall, alcohol abuse was associated ...

Pimavanserin Might Be Safer Alternative to Ease Dementia Psychosis

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Heart Defects May Raise Odds for Dementia

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Low Blood Sodium Tied to Impaired Thinking in Older Men

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – Lower sodium levels in the blood are associated with mental impairment and decline in older men, a new study finds. The findings may be of concern, especially because certain drugs often used by the elderly can lower blood sodium levels, experts said. Still, "at this point I do not think we can change our management of persons that fall into this category," said Dr. ...

Your Attitude About Aging Might Affect Odds for Dementia

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

Health Tip: Prevent Hypothermia Among Seniors

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Seniors are at heightened risk of hypothermia, the medical term for low body temperature. Older adults lose body heat faster than when they were younger, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Hypothermia occurs when a person's body temperature drops to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Typical warning signs include slowed or slurred speech, sleepiness or confusion, shivering or stiffness in ...

Memory Loss Hitting Some Fentanyl Abusers

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – Using fentanyl or other opioids alongside other illicit drugs could trigger possibly permanent amnesia caused by brain damage, doctors warn. Over a dozen cases have emerged in which drug abusers have developed severe short-term memory loss, possibly after experiencing an overdose, said Marc Haut. He's chair of West Virginia University's department of behavioral medicine ...

Keep Working to Protect Your Brain After a Mild Stroke

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Work may be good medicine for the brains of people who suffer mild strokes, a new study out of Israel suggests. The study included 252 working-age adults whose mental functioning was evaluated one and two years after a mild stroke. Those who had jobs before and after their stroke were less likely to experience mental decline, the researchers said. Compared to those who ...

Will Certain Foods Bolster Brain Health After Stroke?

Posted 26 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Stroke survivors who eat plenty of leafy greens, fish and other healthy foods may help preserve their brain function as time goes on, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found the benefits among stroke survivors who most closely followed the principles of the so-called "MIND" diet. It pulls together elements from two eating plans known to improve heart health: the ...

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

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Trump in 'Excellent' Physical, Cognitive Health, Doctor Says

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – President Donald Trump is in excellent physical health and also shows no signs of age-related cognitive decline, according to a detailed briefing Tuesday following his annual check-up. "All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency," Rear Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson, the official ...

Sauna Sessions May Be as Good as Exercise for the Heart

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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