Tag: memory problems

Q&A: Dementia; PCOS; Duodenal Ulcers

Q. How can you tell if someone has early-onset dementia?
A. Early-onset dementia refers to having developed dementia before the age of 65. In some people, problems with balance and strength may be the first signs of dementia. In a six-year study of 2,288 men and women age 65 and over,

Fibromyalgia Further Worsens Function in Patients with RA

Fully 20 percent of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients also are afflicted with fibromyalgia (FM), compared to 2.5 percent in the general population who suffer from FM alone, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Participants were involved in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Rheumatoid

Steps to Help You Deal with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Contrary to popular belief, memory loss is not a natural part of aging. Occasionally forgetting a name or misplacing the car keys is normal. But significant memory problems that disrupt daily life, such as getting lost on the way home from a familiar grocery store or developing an inability to

Dementia Test: Sorting Out Options

Dementia Test: Sorting Out Options

What is dementia? The word refers to a mental decline in two or more core areas of brain function—including memory, judgment, communication, or language—that interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to

Newsbriefs: Poor Health & Memory; Processed Red Meat & Heart Failure

Research finds that poor health, lifestyle factors may affect memory
A recent UCLA study suggests that depression, high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle are among the factors strongly associated with memory complaints, even among young adults. Researchers found that these lifestyle and health factors, as well as diabetes, smoking, obesity

When Your Symptoms May Be Signaling Thyroid Disease

About 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid condition, according to the American Thyroid Association. The most common thyroid diseases have been identified as autoimmune diseases—conditions in which your immune system attacks healthy tissue rather than attacking only foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.

“Thyroid disease is more common

Ask the Doctor: Mixed Dementia; Sleep Apnea; Masked Hypertension

Q: My father has mixed dementia. What is mixed dementia? Can it be treated?

A: The term mixed dementia is often used to describe a combination of vascular dementia (caused by reduced blood flow to the brain) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). It had been thought that about one in five Americans

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

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