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Healthy Lifestyle Changes Linked to Reduced Risk for Dementia

September 17, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Managing diabetes, quitting smoking, controlling high blood pressure, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk for dementia — even late in life, according to new research.
The World Alzheimer Report 2014, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, revealed that diabetes can increase the risk of dementia [...]

Some Benefits of Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned

September 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won’t lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease, a new study finds.
In fact, mass breast cancer screening programs could result in older women being overdiagnosed and overtreated, the Dutch researchers reported.
So, the decision [...]

Not Everyone With Alzheimer’s-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

September 15, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report.
“This study provides evidence that there is plasticity or compensation [...]

ER Patients Often Confuse Role of Emergency Contacts

September 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Sept. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When a doctor requests emergency contact information, emergency room patients often assume they’re being asked for the person they’d like to make medical decisions for them, a new study indicates.
But, that’s a role that must be designated in a legal document called an advance directive.
Ninety-five percent of patients [...]

Advanced Dementia Patients Often Given Unhelpful Meds: Study

September 11, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new national analysis of U.S. nursing home prescription patterns says that more than half of people with advanced dementia are prescribed medications that are of questionable benefit.
“The main concern centers on the under-appreciated burden and personal cost of using questionably beneficial meds,” said study [...]

Scientists Unlock a Key to Cell Stress

September 11, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A team of researchers has uncovered a key way that cells respond to stress.
As they explain it, cells produce more than 25,000 different proteins with specific 3-D shapes, but when stressed, they can make mistakes and produce misshapen proteins that are unfolded or misfolded.
Duke University researchers found, [...]

Study: Rare Blood Type May Slightly Raise Dementia Risk

September 10, 2014

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Your blood type may play a small role in your risk for dementia, a new study finds.
People with blood type AB, which includes about 4 percent of the population, appear to have an increased risk for memory problems as they age. Over about three years, [...]

Anxiety, Insomnia Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer’s Risk

September 10, 2014

Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

Health Insurance May Not Be Affordable for All

September 8, 2014

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, but it doesn’t make health insurance affordable for everyone in the United States, a new study suggests.
Older adults who earn just a little bit too much to qualify for federal premium subsidies are particularly [...]

Study Links Potassium to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

September 4, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women?
Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone — and not [...]


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