Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they are trying to learn the process associated with an Alzheimer’s cause. They are learning that there’s a multifactorial process associated with AD, triggered by a combination of environmental and genetic
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Q: My husband has chronic subdural hematoma and has had steadily worsening mental confusion and headaches for the past two months. He has been told that he will need surgery. What is chronic subdural hematoma, and is surgery his only treatment option?
A: A chronic subdural hematoma is a slow pooling
Have you ever wondered what causes vertigo? If you suffer from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vitamin D could be the key to your BPPV treatment.
The first thing that might surprise you is that what causes headaches isn’t related to anything going on in your brain—in fact, your brain doesn’t feel pain, because it doesn’t have any pain receptors (the nerve endings that are found throughout the body, and that transmit pain signals). But your
Caution! Skipping Cardiovascular Meds Boosts Stroke Risk
People who skip their lipid-lowering or antihypertensive medications or lower their dosages on their own may be putting their brains—and their lives—greatly at risk, according to a recent study. Researchers found that individuals who fail to follow recommended drug regimens designed to lower cholesterol
What is vertigo? It’s caused by vestibular (balance) system disorders that originate in the inner ear, where balance is regulated. Vertigo symptoms can lead you to three types of the condition:
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): This occurs when tiny calcium crystals in the utricle (one of the structures of the
Q. Years ago I had tears in my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and my medial collateral ligament (MCL). Do these knee injuries lead to early arthritis? At the time, I had some arthroscopic procedures to repair the injuries.
A. Any trauma to a joint (even surgery) can lead to a series of
This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is turning into a true epidemic. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with the effects of this disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and the numbers are climbing. By 2050, nearly 14 million people over age 65 will have developed Alzheimer’s. The cost of caring for
MCI to Dementia
Progressing from MCI to dementia means the difference between forgetting names, dates, or what you intended to buy at the supermarket, and having significant trouble functioning in your day-to-day life. The progression of MCI to dementia can alter many aspects of who you are, including your memory, personality