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In older adults with Alzheimer disease dementia and mild cognitive impairment, symbols with distracting features hinder comprehension. Researchers published their findings online in the journal Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders.  “Symbols with visual cues, by contrast, facilitate symbol…
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By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Being born with two copies of a rare genetic mutation may have staved off Alzheimer's disease for three decades in a woman at risk for an inherited early-onset form of the mind-robbing disease, U.S. researchers reported Monday, in a paper that could lead to new…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Improved measures of sleep quality are associated with a shorter duration of low early-morning mobility in patients with Parkinson's disease, researchers from Japan report. "Patients with Parkinson's disease, especially elderly patients, frequently…
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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Memory loss due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be distinguished from Alzheimer's disease (AD) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to a new study. The study found that older adults with a history of TBI and memory loss show…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older women who drink more soda may be more likely to suffer hip fractures than their counterparts who consume little to no soda, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on soda consumption, bone health and fractures for more than 70,000 women who…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Higher blood pressure variability is associated with greater cognitive and functional deterioration in Alzheimer disease (AD), according to a post hoc analysis of findings from the NILVAD trial. Previous studies have found increased risks of future…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Older adults who take many common medicines may be more likely to fall and be injured when they drink alcohol, a recent study suggests. Researchers focused on a wide variety of medicines that can have potentially dangerous side effects when mixed with alcohol…
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In people with Parkinson disease, moving to music rather than metronomes better supported entrainment and control, according to a study published online in the journal Parkinson’s Disease. “These findings provide possibilities for direct application to therapeutic approaches for motor…
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Use of hearing aids delays the diagnosis of Alzheimer Disease, dementia, depression, anxiety, and injurious falls among older adults with hearing loss, according to recent study findings published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  For the retrospective cohort study, lead…
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By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Symptoms of aggression and agitation in dementia patients may respond better to non-drug therapies such as massage, touch therapy and outdoor activities, a new study suggests. In a reanalysis of more than 163 studies involving nearly 25,000 patients, Canadian…
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