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Aging Diseases that Affect the Brain

Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

“That’s why it’s important to get

5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s research has made great strides in recent years. Scientists have found new ways to diagnose the disease while it’s still in its early stages. Blood tests and brain scans may be able to spot the presence of beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s markers before symptoms appear. And although no definitive

Should You Have a Dementia Screening?

Many experts believe that there is no need for dementia screening for healthy older individuals without cognitive symptoms, a view that was recently supported by a pronouncement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. After evaluating the benefits and harms of various screening and dementia treatment options for individuals with

How to Cope with a Dementia Diagnosis

When episodes of confusion or memory loss are formally diagnosed as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or even dementia, the news can be shattering for the person and those close to her.
But it’s important to maintain perspective and understand that, for many people, cognitive changes progress slowly, which provides time for

Sorting Out Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

Sorting Out Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

Among the potential causes of extreme fatigue is a condition called chronic fatigue syndrome. Symptoms are affecting more of us than you might imagine. More than 1 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among adults,

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