Tag: memory

What Causes Sleepwalking?

What Causes Sleepwalking?

If you’re a fan of TV sitcoms, you’ve probably seen an episode (or two) where a main character gets out of bed in the middle of the night, walks in a stupor to the kitchen, and makes a midnight snack without even opening his (or her) eyes. While such a

Newsbriefs: Probiotics; Stroke Risk; Sodium

Probiotics Linked to Brain Health
A recent study (Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Nov. 10, 2016) suggests that probiotics may improve thinking and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Probiotics (see right) are live bacteria that are present in some yogurts, and also available in supplement form. They are typically recommended

An Overview of Dementia Medications

An Overview of Dementia Medications

Alzheimer’s disease treatment is, in many respects, still a question in search of a definitive answer. No Alzheimer medication can halt the forward progress of the disease or prevent its ultimate devastation on the lives of those who have it.

Yet Alzheimer dementia medications are available that can help relieve some

Alzheimer’s Disease: Working to Solve the Mystery

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 5.1 million Americans, and there is currently no cure. However, neurologist Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Cognitive health and NFL Cognitive Care says that there are some hopeful developments in AD research—along with potentially promising data you may have seen reported

Newsbriefs: Hospital Falls; Cognition

In-Hospital Falls Due to Inappropriate Drugs and Dosages
Older adults who fall while in hospital have frequently been prescribed medications that are considered high risk for the elderly, according to a study co-authored by Focus on Healthy Aging Editor-in-Chief Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD. The study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,

“Sleep Hygiene” Can Help You Slumber Peacefully

Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, strictly speaking, is dementia

Sleep Plays an Important Role in Brain and Body Health

Research has shown that how much and how well you sleep has a significant impact on many aspects of your health, including how well your brain functions. For example, a study in the May 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found an association be-tween sleep duration

Ask the Doctor: Sepsis; Caregiving for AD Sufferers

Q: My neighbor passed away after developing sepsis while in the hospital after an operation. I’m going to be in the hospital undergoing surgery—how can I protect myself?

A: Sepsis is an infection in the bloodstream, which may spread there from any source of infection (including bacterial, viral, or fungal) in

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