Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia, damages parts of the brain involved in memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. Almost half of people afflicted with Alzheimer's are between 75 and 85, although a rare, inherited form of the disease can affect people in their 40s. While the loss of cognitive ability is irreversible, the rate of disease progression varies by individual.
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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older patients with a broken hip are more likely to die after the fracture if they’re discharged from the hospital early, a new study indicates. “Our results suggest that the continuous efforts to decrease length of stay after major surgery is associated with higher mortality after hospital discharge,” Peter [...]
TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders. The study is being released ahead of its presentation in April [...]
THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Glaucoma patients are more likely to take medications to treat their eye disease if they’re prescribed generic drugs, a new study finds. More than half of Americans with glaucoma do not take their medications as prescribed, which is one of the biggest obstacles in efforts to prevent glaucoma-related blindness, [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research suggests that a wait-and-watch approach for prostate cancer isn’t being used often enough, and that more men are being treated than may be necessary. Additionally, the researchers expressed concern about the numbers of men being treated with radiation therapy, regardless of their tumor [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research links the virus behind chickenpox and shingles to a blood vessel condition that afflicts the elderly and can sometimes be deadly. The study doesn’t prove that the so-called varicella zoster virus causes the condition, known as giant cell arteritis. But study author Dr. Don [...]