2 in 10 Alzheimer’s Cases May Be Misdiagnosed

July 26, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s disease is often misdiagnosed, possibly causing undue stress for those who don’t have the disease but are told they do, and delays in treatment for others, two new studies reveal.
Although no cure or effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease exists, a correct diagnosis is […]

Does Dementia Diagnosis Have Silver Lining for Some?

July 26, 2016

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Is it possible that a diagnosis as devastating as dementia could have some positive effects?
Yes, a small study suggests.
Researchers asked 48 people with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment to complete a questionnaire that measured their quality of life and personal outlook after getting their diagnosis.
The “Silver Lining […]

‘Managing’ Elderly Patients Without Powerful Antipsychotics

July 25, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — About 25 percent of dementia patients in U.S. nursing homes are still quieted with risky antipsychotic medications. Now, a small study suggests that managing these difficult patients, instead of medicating them, could obtain better results.
“Drugs have a place, but should not be first-line treatments. […]

1 in 10 Alzheimer’s Patients at Risk for Avoidable Hospital Stays

July 25, 2016

By Karen PallaritoHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Some people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias may often land in the hospital simply because of poor management of other health problems they have, a new study suggests.
One in 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia had at least one hospital stay in 2013 […]

Behavior Changes May Be First Signs of Alzheimer’s

July 24, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, July 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Certain behavior changes may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s disease, and researchers say they’ve developed a symptom “checklist” that might aid earlier diagnosis.
Experts have long focused on so-called mild cognitive impairment as an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. That refers to problems with memory […]

People-Oriented Jobs May Help Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

July 24, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Brain-challenging jobs — especially ones focused on people — may help shield a person’s mind against the ravages of age-related dementia, a new study finds.
People who work in jobs that task the intellect are better able to withstand the effects of brain lesions commonly associated […]

Women May Be More Resilient to Effects of Alzheimer’s Genes

July 24, 2016

SUNDAY, July 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Certain gene variants are known to raise a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But a new study finds that even in people carrying this DNA, factors such as gender and physical or mental activity can affect that risk.
The study tracked dementia rates for 642 people aged 53 to […]

Healthy After 90? Yes, There’s Good Living, Study Finds

July 21, 2016

What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health?

Alzheimer’s May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

July 20, 2016

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s disease may affect people’s ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows.
Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious complications, such as organ damage, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville cautioned.
For the three-year study, the researchers tested […]

How to Spot the Warning Signs of Heat Stroke

July 13, 2016

WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As people age, they are at added risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).
This is particularly true for those with chronic health issues, the agency cautions.
Heat fatigue, heat-related dizziness, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all […]

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