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Lyme Disease—A Danger to the Brain

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According to the most recent estimates of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 380,000 Americans develop the tick-borne bacterial infection called Lyme disease every year, and the number of cases is steadily growing. The increase in Lyme disease incidence may be of special concern to seniors, whose aging immune  … Read More

Caution: Opioid Dependence Happens Quickly

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Just a few days of treatment with an opioid medication can lead to dependency in vulnerable people, according to a new study. Researchers studied the medical records of a large number of individuals enrolled in insurance and managed care plans who received treatment with opioids and other painkillers, looking for  … Read More

Anticholinergic Drugs May Cause Serious Side Effects

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Research increasingly points to an association between anticholinergic medications—a class of drugs commonly used by older adults—and an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the U.S.
Anticholinergic medications interfere with the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays signals between brain cells to promote memory, attention, and many  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Tooth Loss; Second Opinions

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Tooth Loss and Dementia
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 8, links tooth loss with a greater risk for developing dementia. The study included 1,566 seniors, 180 of whom developed some type of dementia. Compared with participants who had 20 or more teeth, those with  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Parkinson’s; Mindfulness

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New Theory for Parkinson’s Development.
For years it’s been thought that the toxic protein alpha-synuclein, associated with development of Parkinson’s disease, spread from nerve cell to nerve cell. New findings, however, propose that the protein spreads throughout the body at the same time, affecting different parts of the nervous system to  … Read More



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