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Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer’s Origins

October 12, 2014

SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a particular enzyme in this process, and they believe the enzyme could [...]

The Average U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years

October 8, 2014

The increased life expectancy is likely due to Americans living healthier lifestyles, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says

October 7, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Road crash injuries sent more than 2.5 million Americans to emergency rooms in 2012. And, nearly 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, a new federal government report says.
That means about 7,000 people went to the emergency department every day because of motor vehicle crash injuries in [...]

MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds

October 7, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An MRI scan that measures blood flow in the brain may help predict which older adults are at risk for future memory loss, a preliminary study suggests.
The researchers found that, in some apparently healthy older adults, the MRI technique was able to pick up reductions [...]

Report Claims Success Treating Alzheimer’s Memory Loss

October 6, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A researcher is reporting success in a small study of reversing memory problems associated with early stage Alzheimer’s disease by using a complex program of lifestyle changes, supplements and hormones.
Of the first 10 patients treated, nine reported improvements in memory within three to six [...]

Jealous, Neurotic Women May Face Higher Alzheimer’s Risk, Study Says

October 2, 2014

Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

‘High-Intensity’ Hospitals Save More Elderly After Surgery: Study

October 1, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hospitals that pull out all the stops to rescue surgical patients in crisis are slightly better at saving lives, but the cost of such heroism is questionable, a new study suggests.
Highly aggressive hospitals are about 5 percent better at saving elderly patients with life-threatening complications [...]

Groups Call for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

September 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Medicare should cover low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening for people at high risk for the disease, a coalition of more than 60 patient and medical groups says.
The coalition, which includes the Lung Cancer Alliance, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer [...]

Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer’s Patients, Even as Memory Fades

September 29, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer’s, the moment can be bittersweet — will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there?
Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the [...]

Memory Slips in Senior Years May Signal Dementia Risk

September 24, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Healthy elderly people who begin reporting memory lapses are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with dementia roughly a decade later, new research suggests.
Evaluating more than 500 seniors, scientists found that those with memory complaints were almost three times more likely to develop mild cognitive [...]


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