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Q: Is it safe to take a drug “off-label?” My doctor recommended I do so.
A: “Off-label” drugs are drugs prescribed for a purpose other than those for which they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drugs have full FDA approval—just not for treating the specific health
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to awaken you. Or your
The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in
If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for
The moment your doctor tells you that you’ll have to undergo a surgical procedure can be a frightening, confusing, and stressful experience. All kinds of thoughts will cross your mind—it’s natural to worry about the skills of your medical team, the operation’s outcome, and potentially high medical bills that will
Memory has been compared to a personal filing cabinet or a built-in computer, although these metaphors likely don’t do full justice to the complex and intricate nature of the connections in our brains that form our memory. Your memory allows you to gather information from the world around you, file
Alzheimer’s disease begins with mild symptoms and gets worse over time. Some people are aware of the cognitive decline, while others are not. In many cases, relatives and friends first notice a problem. If you suspect that you or a loved one has cognitive impairment, see a physician. A primary
Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating condition that compromises the ability to remember, think, and take care of oneself. The looming threat of losing memory and other mental abilities is frightening for many older adults. It’s helpful to understand what Alzheimer’s disease is, and also what it is not.
For example, from
A growing body of evidence indicates that the underlying neuropathological mechanisms associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) begin 10 years or more before cognitive impairment manifests.
In 1995 the BIOCARD study (Biomarkers of Cognitive Decline among Normal Individuals) was developed to identify people who could be participants in AD clinical trials, as well