Posts Tagged ‘alzheimer’s disease’

New Approach May Yield Vaccine Against Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was first described at the turn of the twentieth century by Dr. Alois Alzheimer. Upon performing an autopsy on a woman with a combination of memory loss, unusual and unpredictable behavior, and difficulty with language, he found two distinct sets of brain abnormalities. The first were unusual clumps of tissue; the second…

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Opioids and Alzheimer’s

While we commonly focus on the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s, it should also be noted that pain is also a common feature of the disease. Approximately 50% of people with dementia experience substantial amounts of pain. In approximately 40% of them, opioids are required to manage that pain. At this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International…

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Top 10 Medical Problems in Seniors

As we age, staying healthy becomes more difficult. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have more than one. What issues are we likely to have? Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare records: 1. High Blood…

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FDA Standards Updated To Improve Alzheimer’s Drug Testing

FDA standards for evaluating Alzheimer’s drugs have been considered outdated by researchers for a long time. Finally, in 2018, the FDA is modernizing its approach and Alzheimer’s patients will benefit. This is great news for researchers working to develop much-needed medications.       FDA Standards: Alzheimer’s Drug Protocols Since the 1990’s the FDA required that…

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Does Sleep Deprivation Really Increase Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s?

Sleep deprivation can increase your risk in getting Alzheimer’s disease according to scientists at Washington University in St. Louis. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and affects more than 5 million Americans. Eight participants, ages 30-60 were put through a variety of tests over 36 hours. They either received a…

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