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Statins could help to decrease the risk of post-stroke cognitive impairment, according to the results of a recent study. Previous research on the relationship between blood lipids, atherosclerosis, and statin use and the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment is conflicting, according to the…
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Treatment of hypertension may help to decelerate the progression of cognitive decline in older adults, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. Using data from 10,958 participants from the China health and Retirement…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Current evidence does not support the use of second-generation antipsychotics or haloperidol to treat or prevent delirium in adult inpatients, two systematic reviews reveal. "For clinicians currently prescribing antipsychotic medications as a general…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Nursing home residents with advanced dementia, especially men, receive "burdensome interventions" and antibiotics in their final days, a population-based study in Canada reveals. "Nursing homes become a common site of care for people living with…
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According to recent study findings, older adults with epilepsy who are taking antiepileptic drugs are at an increased risk of falls. “Falls are the most common cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma in the elderly,” said lead study author Eugene Kreys, PharmD, PhD…
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The Alzheimer disease burden in the US is projected to double by 2060, according to new estimates from the CDC. While the primary risk factor for Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD) is known to be age, race and ethnicity are known to be important risk factors as well, the CDC noted.…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - 18F-flortaucipir, a PET tracer that allows in vivo quantification of paired helical filament tau, accurately differentiates Alzheimer's disease (AD) from other neurodegenerative disorders, researchers report. "Tau PET was clearly superior to…
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Factors including depression, duration, and age are independently associated with progression to Alzheimer dementia in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and depression, according to the authors of a new study. For their study, the researchers assessed data obtained from the…
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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is significantly underdiagnosed among older Americans, according to new findings. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after evaluating 1052 community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 years and older who participated in the National Health and Aging Trends…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News Two years ago, Dr. Daniel Cole’s 85-year-old father had heart bypass surgery. He hasn’t been quite the same since. “He forgets things and will ask you the same thing several times,” said Cole, a professor of clinical anesthesiology at UCLA and a past president…
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