Neurological Disorders

Rheumatoid Arthritis and “Brain Fog”

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is known for causing painful joints, but this autoimmune disease is also associated with memory and concentration problems, as well as with general problems in thinking. These cognitive symptoms, known colloquially as “brain fog,” are also found with other inflammatory conditions. Although the associations are there, it has been difficult to track…

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10 Ways to Help People with Alzheimer’s Get the Nutrition They Need

A common but lesser-known aspect of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is loss of appetite. Add to this that as mental and 1physical function decline, skills such as using a fork or spoon, and drinking from a cup can also be lost. Ensuring that someone with a dementia gets proper nutrition requires planning. If nutrition is…

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Why Your Hands Tremble

Many people who experience trembling, which is usually most obvious in the hands, immediately worry they have Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by tremors.  The fact is that most older people have some degree of hand tremor, though it may not be so noticeable. Moreover, though tremors appear most commonly in the hands, they also can…

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The Parkinson’s Pandemic

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. As the disease advances, movement of any kind becomes difficult. In its later stages, Parkinson’s often causes dementia. Historically, Parkinson’s was quite rare. For example, according to medical records from the United Kingdom, only 22 people died with Parkinson’s Disease in 1855.…

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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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