Elder Care (Everybody)

 

  • Two new genes linked to Alzheimer's disease discovered
    on February 25, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    A research team has discovered two new genes potentially involved in Alzheimer's disease. They identified them by exploring which genes were turned on and off in the hippocampus of people who suffered from the disease. […]

  • Neurologists identify consistent neuroinflammatory response in ICH patients
    on February 22, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    Understanding how the immune system responds to acute brain hemorrhage could open doors to identifying treatments for this devastating disease. However, up until now, there has been limited information on inflammation in the brain from human patients, especially during the first days after a hemorrhagic stroke. This led a team of researchers to partner with a large clinical trial of minimally-invasive surgery to tackle defining the human neuroinflammatory response in living patients. […]

  • Eating more refined grains increases risk of heart attack, early death
    on February 19, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    A new study found consuming a high number of refined grains, such as croissants and white bread, is associated with a higher risk of major cardiovascular disease, stroke and early death. […]

  • Discovery of biomarker could help predict Alzheimer's years before symptoms emerge
    on February 18, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    A unique brain protein measured in the blood could be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease decades before symptoms develop, according to new Edith Cowan University (ECU) research. […]

  • Light and genetic probes untangle dynamics of brain blood flow
    on February 18, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    New research on tiny capillaries and cells called pericytes details how blood moves through over 400 miles of total vasculature in the human brain. […]

  • Genetic study of Lewy body dementia supports ties to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases
    on February 16, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Scientists found that five genes may play a critical role in determining whether a person will suffer from Lewy body dementia, a devastating disorder that riddles the brain with clumps of abnormal protein deposits called Lewy bodies. The results also supported the disorder's ties to Parkinson's and Alzheimer diseases. […]

  • Small 'window of opportunity' for best recovery after stroke
    on February 16, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    An international study has shown, for the first time, that the capacity of the human brain to recover and rewire itself peaks around two weeks after a stroke and diminishes over time. […]

  • New hope for treating chronic pain without opioids
    on February 16, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    According to some estimates, chronic pain affects up to 40% of Americans, and treating it frustrates both clinicians and patients -- a frustration that's often compounded by a hesitation to prescribe opioids for pain. […]

  • Women have a lower range of 'normal' blood pressure than men
    on February 16, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    A new study shows that women have a lower 'normal' blood pressure range compared to men. […]

  • Brief survey tool tracks symptoms, aids in evaluating effectiveness of treatment
    on February 16, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Researchers have developed and validated, SymTrak-8, a short questionnaire to help patients report symptoms and assist healthcare providers in assessing the severity of symptoms, and in monitoring and adjusting treatment accordingly. […]

  • Hope for children with bow hunter syndrome
    on February 11, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Fusing the neck's top two vertebrae can prevent repeat strokes in children with bow hunter syndrome, a rare condition that affects a handful of U.S. pediatric patients each year, researchers suggest in a recent study. The finding offers a new way to treat these children and protect them from potentially lifelong neurological consequences. […]

  • Fewer older people are having strokes
    on February 10, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    A new study has found that people age 70 and older are having fewer strokes, and fewer people of all ages are dying from the disease. […]

  • Ultrasound in the treatment of brain diseases
    on February 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Ultrasound is not only used as an imaging technique but targeted pulses of ultrasound can be used as a highly accurate treatment for a range of brain diseases. A review shows that the new treatments are already on the brink of broad clinical application. […]

  • Tool predicts which mini-strokes could lead to major strokes
    on February 4, 2021 at 1:53 am

    A new tool can help emergency physicians predict which patients with mini-strokes are at greatest risk of having a major stroke within the week. […]

  • Prostate drug associated with lower risk of Parkinson's disease
    on February 1, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Taking a particular type of medication to treat enlarged prostate is associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a large observational study by researchers at the University of Iowa, and colleagues in Denmark and China. The findings, published in JAMA Neurology, suggest that terazosin, and similar medications, might have potential to prevent or delay the development of Parkinson's disease. […]

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