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Many U.S. Households Include Someone With Failing Memory

March 5, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — As many as one in eight U.S. households may have an adult with worsening memory loss or confusion, a new survey shows.
These symptoms suggest a potential risk of developing more serious memory and thinking problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease, the survey authors said.
Further, a second […]

Gout’s Silver Lining: A Lower Risk for Alzheimer’s?

March 5, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The painful and often debilitating arthritic condition known as gout may offer patients an unexpected bonus: a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
A new study finds that gout — or the high uric acid level that drives the inflammatory condition — may shield against the dementia.
“Our […]

Fit Body at 40 May Keep Brain Bright at 60

March 4, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who are fit in their 40s seem to retain more brain volume two decades later and also perform better on decision-making tests, new research suggests.
The analysis of more than 1,200 participants who were tracked for more than 20 years showed that those with lower […]

Brain Protein Tied to Alzheimer’s Spotted in Young Adults

March 3, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Brain plaque buildup, long linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, has been identified in the brains of men and women as young as 20, researchers say.
“One thing this means is that the resource, the machinery, for making the clumps of plaque we see among […]

Common Class of Drugs May Be Linked to Pneumonia Risk

March 3, 2015

TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Drugs used to treat a wide range of health problems may be associated with an increased risk of pneumonia, a new study suggests.
Anticholinergic medications include those used for conditions such as allergies (for example, Benadryl), overactive bladder (including Ditropan), depression (for example, doxepin) and insomnia (Sominex, etc.).
“Our […]

Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients

February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they’re discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates.
“Our results suggest that the continuous efforts to decrease length of stay after major surgery is associated with higher mortality after hospital discharge,” Peter […]

Skin Test for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Shows Early Promise

February 24, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders.
The study is being released ahead of its presentation in April […]

Generic Eye Drops for Glaucoma Encourage Greater Use

February 19, 2015

THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Glaucoma patients are more likely to take medications to treat their eye disease if they’re prescribed generic drugs, a new study finds.
More than half of Americans with glaucoma do not take their medications as prescribed, which is one of the biggest obstacles in efforts to prevent glaucoma-related blindness, […]

Are Too Many Prostate Cancer Patients Receiving Treatment?

February 19, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that a wait-and-watch approach for prostate cancer isn’t being used often enough, and that more men are being treated than may be necessary.
Additionally, the researchers expressed concern about the numbers of men being treated with radiation therapy, regardless of their tumor […]

Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly

February 18, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly.
The study doesn’t prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the condition, known as giant cell arteritis. But study author Dr. Don […]


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