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Robots May Soon Join Ranks of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Robots May Soon Join Ranks of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimers News THURSDAY, June 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Robots work on assembly lines and assist doctors in the operating room. They manage inventory in warehouses and vacuum floors in homes. And one day soon, they could help care for Alzheimer’s patients. Several teams of scientists from around the world […]

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What is the purpose of a vitamin B-12 level test?

What is the purpose of a vitamin B-12 level test?

A vitamin B-12 level test checks the amount of vitamin B-12 in the blood or urine to gauge the body’s overall vitamin B-12 stores. Vitamin B-12 is necessary for several bodily processes, including nerve function and the production of DNA and red blood cells. A person whose vitamin B-12 levels are outside of the normal […]

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What are the signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s?

What are the signs of early-onset Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia typically associated with older adults. However, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease occurs before the age of 65. Alzheimer’s causes memory problems and a variety of related symptoms. It is a degenerative disease, which means the symptoms will get worse over time. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the most […]

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Could Herpes Virus Play a Role in Alzheimer’s?

Could Herpes Virus Play a Role in Alzheimer’s?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Alzheimers News THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Viruses could play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. Brains riddled with Alzheimer’s disease contain high levels of two strains of human herpes virus, researchers discovered. Human herpes virus 6 and 7 were found […]

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Alzheimer’s: ‘Strong evidence’ of virus involvement

Alzheimer’s: ‘Strong evidence’ of virus involvement

A large analysis of different types of data from postmortem tests of brain tissue supports the idea that viruses are involved in Alzheimer’s disease. What role do viruses have in Alzheimer’s disease? The researchers — including specialists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, NY, and Arizona State University […]

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Even slightly elevated blood pressure increases dementia risk

Even slightly elevated blood pressure increases dementia risk

The link between the risk of dementia and hypertension is well established. What about higher-than-normal blood pressure in the absence of a hypertension diagnosis, however? Elevated blood pressure in your 50s could raise your risk of dementia later on. Research has found that hypertension in middle age increases a person’s risk of developing a form […]

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Dementia Prevention: Brain Exercise

Dementia Prevention: Brain Exercise

From Our Archives Medical Author: William C. Shiel, Jr., FACP, FACRMedical Editor: Leslie J. Schoenfield, M.D., Ph.D. Dementia is significant loss of intellectual abilities such as memory capacity, severe enough to interfere with social or occupational functioning. Dementia is reported in as many as 1% of adults 60 years of age. Moreover, it has been […]

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Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Medical Author: Frederick Hecht, M.D.Medical Editor: Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease takes its toll. According to the first detailed study ever done of caregivers and the end of life, family members looking after a relative with dementia have higher levels of depression, and greater need for support […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease – NSAID Protection?

Alzheimer’s Disease – NSAID Protection?

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder of the brain which is the most common cause of dementia. It is characterized by abnormal judgment, orientation, memory, emotions, and thinking, most often affecting the elderly. There is no known cure. There is no known prevention. Researchers affiliated with the University of British Columbia […]