Neurological Disorders

Seasonal Changes and Dementia

Seasonal Changes and Dementia

Seasonal changes have been linked with a number of illnesses. For example, Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a type of depression that occurs during the winter months, when people’s exposure to the sun is limited due to the shorter days. It has also been shown that the onset of schizophrenia is most…

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DICE Method Effective for Alzheimer’s

DICE Method Effective for Alzheimer’s

Agitation, aggression, and other difficult behaviors are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Often, these behaviors are managed with antipsychotic and other psychiatric drugs. However, while a pharmacological approach may be simple to implement, it is not necessarily in the best interest of the patient. A paper in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society…

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Screening for Alzheimer’s — with an Eye Exam?!

The eyes have long been known as windows to the soul; new research shows they may be windows to the brain, particularly the Alzheimer’s brain, as well. Today, testing for Alzheimer’s relies on a clinical exam of mental ability; only postmortem examination can conclusively diagnose the presence of Alzheimer’s Disease. Moreover, clinical exams of mental…

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Bill Gates to Fund Search for Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Test

Bill Gates wants to add one more diagnostic test to your annual exam: a test for Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s currently afflicts 5 million Americans with progressive deterioration of brain function. Experts expect that number to triple by the year 2050. The toll it takes, both on its victims and on its caretakers, is vast and heartbreaking.…

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POCD Effects On Seniors Post Surgery, Symptoms, Treatments

POCD ( Postoperative cognitive dysfunction ) is a little-known condition that affects a substantial number of older adults after surgery. Different patients are affected in different ways. Some patients with POCD experience memory problems, difficulty multitasking, learning new things, or setting priorities. Unlike delirium, an acute, sudden-onset disorder that affects consciousness and attention, POCD can…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a trauma of the carpal tunnel which is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist made up of bones and ligaments. The median nerve runs through this passageway and controls the sensation and movement in your thumb and first three fingers.  When it’s compressed, the result is numbness,…

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Smart Robot Keeps People Walking During Rehab

A smart robot by Swiss scientists continuously trains and assists patients during walking rehabilitation sessions. Smart Robot The smart robot consists of a harness suspended from the ceiling and pulled up and forward by motors. Assistive force is controlled by an algorithm that measures stride, leg position, and muscle activity. Furthermore, the robot guarantees that the person…

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