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More Americans Are Recording Their Doctor Visits

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FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with only a vague idea of what was said? You're not alone: A new survey finds many Americans, and their doctors, are turning to recordings for help. Researchers found that almost 30 percent of the doctors they surveyed had ever recorded a visit for a patient's use. And about 19 percent of U.S. adults said they'd done so ...

AHA: Stiffening of Blood Vessels May Point to Dementia Risk

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FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Arterial stiffness among people with mild cognitive impairments could put them at higher risk for progressing to dementia, which may include Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study exploring the connection between the brain and vascular health. The French study, published Friday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, ...

U.S. Alzheimer's Cases to Nearly Triple by 2060

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THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – By 2060, almost 14 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a number that's nearly three times as high as today, a new report projects. "This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer's disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations," said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of ...

Smog Might Cloud Your Memory

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TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 – The very air you breathe may make you vulnerable to developing dementia, a new study suggests. British researchers found that people exposed to higher levels of air pollution had 40 percent higher odds of developing dementia. "We found that older patients across greater London who were living in areas with higher air pollution were more likely to be diagnosed with ...

Health Tip: Help Support Memory With These Foods

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-- Your diet can play a role in brain health, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says. Research has found that foods in a typical Mediterranean diet can lead to better cognitive function, alertness and memory. The academy suggests adding these foods to your diet: Vegetables, including cruciferous varieties such as broccoli, cabbage and dark leafy greens. Berries and cherries, which provide ...

ALS Affects the Mind, Not Just the Body

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THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 – The minds of patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are damaged by the disease, despite the longstanding belief that this was not the case, a new study reveals. In fact, in the later stages of ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, patients experience a decline in their thinking and language skills, researchers report. "This is the first study ...

Health Tip: Recognizing a Learning Disorder

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-- Learning a new subject may involve many mistakes. But when they are too frequent and long-lasting, they may be symptoms of a learning disorder, the National Institutes of Health says. A learning disability isn't a measure of how smart a child is. It's caused by a difference in the brain that's present from birth, or shortly after. This affects how the brain handles information, and may cause ...

With Stroke Comes Higher Dementia Risk: Study

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – People who've had a stroke face up to twice the normal risk of dementia, a new review suggests. In what they say is the largest analysis of its kind, British researchers examined 48 studies that included 3.2 million people worldwide. "We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70 percent, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk," said ...

Radiation for Childhood Brain Tumor Can Hinder Memory

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 – Radiation therapy for the most common childhood brain tumor can cause memory problems, new research suggests. Specifically, it can leave young survivors struggling to create memories of recent personal events, the small study found. But survivors' ability to recall ones that happened before radiation wasn't affected. "There are some known cognitive effects from radiation ...

Here's a Part of Aging That Really Stinks

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THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 – Unpleasant phantom odors haunt many older Americans, a new study finds. Of more than 7,400 people over age 40 who took part in a federal health survey, 6.5 percent said they experience nasty odors – such as burning hair or the reek of an ashtray – from nowhere. That's 1 in 15 people. As folks age, their ability to identify odors tends to decrease, but their detection ...

Dialysis Linked to Dementia in Seniors

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TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Older kidney failure patients on hemodialysis have high rates of dementia, which is associated with an increased risk of early death, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 357,000 dialysis patients aged 66 and older and found their risk of being diagnosed with dementia one and five years after starting dialysis was 4.6 percent and 16 percent among ...

How Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger Dementia

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – A single traumatic brain injury can raise a person's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. "Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in young adults," said researcher Elisa Zanier, from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy. "Moreover, even in milder cases, it represents a risk factor for dementia, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy ...

AHA: Limit Diet Sodas and Drinks, Stick to Water Instead

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People are drinking fewer diet drinks these days, and a panel of health experts agrees that's a good idea. A science advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) counsels against regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, particularly in children. Instead, the group of leading nutritionists, doctors and researchers urged people ...

Sleeping Pills May Be Poor Choice for Dementia Patients

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Giving dementia patients sleeping pills might raise their risk of broken bones, a new study suggests. Researchers compared data from nearly 3,000 dementia patients who took the commonly prescribed sleep drugs zolpidem, zopiclone and zaleplon (so-called Z-drugs) and nearly 1,700 dementia patients who did not take the drugs. The brand names for these drugs include ...

Virtual Reality as a Window Into Dementia

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WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Virtual reality might one day help train medical students how to best care for dementia patients, a new study suggests. Researchers used virtual reality simulations to help prepare about 20 high school students in Chicago to interact with seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in an art therapy program called Bringing Art to Life. The simulations included ...

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