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Physicians Enlisted in Efforts to Keep Demented Drivers Off the Road

The surge of baby boomers now entering their 60s means more drivers on the road who may be impaired by dementia or other cognitive impairments linked to aging//. Researchers at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and elsewhere ...

Plaques, Tangles in Brain Don't Always Lead to Alzheimer's

...ery old weren't as likely to develop Alzheimer's. The picture is not perfectly clear, however. "At all ages, there are some people who don't become demented before they died -- despite having a lot of plaques and tangles," said study co-author Dr. Paul Ince. "We do not know what would have happened if they...

Signs of Alzheimer's disease may be present decades before diagnosis

... Participants in the Nun Study were studied to identify those who became demented before death or had characteristic brain changes of Alzheimer's disease at autopsy. Among nuns who became demented or had evidence of Alzheimer's disease at autopsy, those with small head si...

FDA Orders Warning Label on Older Antipsychotics

...of antipsychotic drugs can boost the death risk of seniors with dementia. Doctors sometimes use antipsychotics to help treat behavioral problems in demented patients. But from now on these older, so-called "conventional" antipsychotics -- which include drugs such as thorazine and prolixin -- will carry ...

New Montefiore Program Targets Elder Abuse and Neglect

...n a patient's basic needs for nourishment, medications and hygiene and the caregiver's ability to meet those needs. An elderly woman who cared for her demented husband for twenty years may no longer be able to provide adequate support and supervision when her own cognitive and physical impairments worsen. In ...

Antibiotic Use in Dementia Patients Questioned

...d infections and fevers are common at the end of life, according to background information in the study. "In general, in the population of severely demented elderly patients, as the health of the patient deteriorates, infection becomes increasingly frequent. According to common medical practice, these epi...

Spouse's Sickness Bodes Ill for Partner's Health

...proved most stressful, raising risk of death 22 percent for men and 28 percent for women, Christakis said. "In fact," he added, "we show that having a demented spouse is as bad for you as having a dead spouse." Some diseases are deadly, but don't pose as much of a burden on the caregiver, be it physical, p...

Highly Promising Dutch Research Into Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease

...nd important steps can be made towards new drugs." Alzheimer's disease is the most prevalent variant of dementia. Two-thirds of all patients who are demented suffer from Alzheimer's disease. The disease is characterized by a progressive deterioration of the psychological functioning. Alzheimer's disease usu...

Early Weight Loss in Women Linked to Dementia

...nosis of dementia was irrelevant, but those who lost weight more recently were more likely to develop cognitive problems. "Women destined to become demented as a group became lighter and weighed less than those who weren't destined to get dementia," Knopman said. "It's only a matter of a few pounds, but, o...

Protein ‘Fingerprint’ in Spinal Fluid Could Spot Alzheimer’s Disese

...cells that occurs as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. “A subsequent validation group of 10 patients with suspected Alzheimer’s and 18 healthy and demented control subjects turned up similar results,” said Relkin. “Based on their clinical symptoms, we found the new screen to have 93 percent sensitivity to...
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Markers in Blood and Spinal Fluid, and a New Imaging Agent, Show Promise for Early Detection of Alzheimer's

...Parkinson's disease dementia, (n=26). Variations in levels of CD-69 enabled the researcher to clearly differentiate between Alzheimer's subjects and demented Parkinson's subjects. It was accurate 91 percent of the time when the diagnosis was Alzheimer's and 92 percent of the time when it was Parkinson's dem...
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1/3 of risk for dementia attributable to small vessel disease, autopsy study shows

... older, but autopsy data from a long-range study of 3,400 men and women in the Seattle region found that the brains of a third of those who had become demented before death showed evidence of small vessel damage: the type of small, cumulative injury that can come from hypertension or diabetes. Dr. Thomas M...

Protein 'fingerprint' in spinal fluid could spot Alzheimer's disease

... cells that occurs as Alzheimer's disease progresses. "A subsequent validation group of 10 patients with suspected Alzheimer's and 18 healthy and demented control subjects turned up similar results," said Relkin. "Based on their clinical symptoms, we found the new screen to have 93 percent sensitivity to...

Attacks of King George III's madness linked to key metabolism molecule

...sease porphyria Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers say they have uncovered a molecular explanation for the episodic attacks of irrational and demented behavior in porphyria, the disease believed to have afflicted "Mad" King George III, the British ruler blamed for the loss of the American colonies in...
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Western way of life is under attack from jihad sub-culture

...s. Instead, the citizens of all Western nations must recognize these attacks for what they are an attack on our way of life by a tiny, violent and demented segment of Muslim society. We still warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all the crusader governments that they will receive the same...
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