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
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If you use an oral contraceptive, you may develop a vitamin B deficiency, one of the many side effects of birth control pills.
Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called “reversible dementias.” Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, “Is dementia hereditary?”—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementias first. It’s important
Q. I’m concerned about the MERS virus that’s supposed to be heading our way. Is there real cause for concern? If so, are there any preventive measures we can take?
A. The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, is a coronavirus from the same family as the SARS virus, a respiratory
Q. What are the symptoms and causes of anemia, and what should I do if I suspect I have the condition?
A. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headache, cold hands or feet, pale skin, and chest pain. Anemia can result from several causes:
Q. Should I wear a knee brace for my arthritic knee while exercising or will this further weaken the knee joint?
A. If pain from your arthritic joints is impeding your exercise, a brace can allow you to do more with less pain. Generally, wear the brace only when you require
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
Many experts believe that there is no need for dementia screening for healthy older individuals without cognitive symptoms, a view that was recently supported by a pronouncement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. After evaluating the benefits and harms of various screening and dementia treatment options for individuals with