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What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

What Is Frontal Lobe Dementia?

Frontal lobe dementia or frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represents a unique group of neurodegenerative disorders that account for approximately 10 percent of all cases of dementia and tend to occur in people between the ages of 45 and 64. The symptoms of each disorder can vary, depending on the part of

Dealing with Dysphagia: A Difficult-to-Swallow Condition

Dealing with Dysphagia: A Difficult-to-Swallow Condition

Dysphagia is a condition that can occur at any age, although it’s more common in older adults. It falls into one of the following categories:

Esophageal dysphagia: This is the feeling that food gets stuck in your throat or in your chest.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia: This occurs when certain conditions weaken your

What PET Scans and Other Imaging Tests Reveal About Brain Health

Of the rapidly advancing technologies doctors can use to view the brain, PET (positron emission tomography) scans are seen as especially promising for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, the high costs of PET scans and uncertainties about their role in dementia assessment are among the many issues

Brain Tumor Symptoms: Not Just in Your Head

Brain Tumor Symptoms: Not Just in Your Head

Not all headaches are cause for concern. You might suffer an occasional migraine, head pain from a stiff neck, or the after-effects of an extra glass of wine you imbibed the night before. You simply take a few aspirins or another medication and the pain in your brain subsides.

But when

Sugar and Cancer—Is There a Link?

You may have seen the headlines, “Sugar Causes Cancer,” but is the sweet substance that is so tough to avoid really linked to an increased cancer risk? Does it exacerbate an existing cancer diagnosis? If you cut out the sugar can you, in effect, cut down your cancer risk?
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HPV-Related Throat Cancer on the Rise Among Men

HPV-Related Throat Cancer on the Rise Among Men

Smoking, drinking alcohol, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) all can increase your risk of throat cancer, but genital human papillomavirus (HPV) has become a leading cause of oropharyngeal cancers in the United States. In fact, some 9,000 people are diagnosed each year with throat cancer that may be caused by

1. Getting a Better Picture of Your Brain

The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85

Recognize Lymphoma Symptoms Early: The Key to Beating This Cancer

Recognize Lymphoma Symptoms Early: The Key to Beating This Cancer

There was a time when receiving a cancer diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence. Any treatment with chemotherapy or radiation could only postpone the inevitable, and only for a relatively short time. Today, that statement no longer holds true for many cancers, including lymphoma, as evidenced by the fact

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