Your immune system weakens as your body ages, making older adults more susceptible to infections. But the mineral zinc may play an important role in staving off such infections. Previous research at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts has shown that 30% of
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In-Home OT May Not Help Dementia Sufferers
In-home occupational therapy (OT) does not help Alzheimer’s disease (AD) sufferers maintain physical function, according to researchers writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Nov. 22, 2016. Previous studies had suggested that this type of intervention might slow the neurological and physical decline that
For women 50 and older, the chances of experiencing a bone fracture are astonishingly high. When should you be tested for bone density?
Problems with memory and decision-making are often the challenges we associate most with dementia. But for people with this condition, emotional and behavioral issues can be just as difficult for the patients and those around them. It’s not unusual for someone with dementia to act aggressively or become easily agitated.
A New Look at Helicobacter Pylori.
The stomach bacteria helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), found in about two-thirds of the world’s population, can lead to complications such as gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers, and stomach and bowel cancer. The infection typically is treated with antibiotics, which also destroy “good” gut bacteria. But
Single-dose antibiotic could provide new treatment option for MRSA.
Researchers at the Duke University Medical Center found that a new drug, oritavancin, appears to be as effective as vancomycin, a twice-daily infusion drug now given for up to 10 days to fight MRSA (methicillin-resistance Staphylococcus aureus). MRSA has become more common
At this time, Alzheimer’s disease treatment is more about managing symptoms than about stopping or reversing the disease course. Existing therapies can’t cure Alzheimer’s, but they can help relieve some of its most troubling symptoms, and make life easier for both those with the condition, and their caregivers. New treatments
Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be emotionally charged, and practical matters may be neglected. But at some point, early on, it will be necessary to make certain legal and financial decisions and to think about future care. Even if a person with Alzheimer’s disease is still capable of handling his
When a family member or close friend has Alzheimer’s disease, the focus of attention naturally shifts to the needs of the person with the condition. Decisions must be made about living arrangements, caregiving, and financial and legal matters. The people who will be caregivers must learn how best to assist
If a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease and you will be the primary caregiver, there’s much you need to know, both about how to care for the person with the condition and about how to care for yourself. More than half of the people with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for