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Myoclonus: An Innocent Twitch—or a Serious Illness?

Myoclonus: An Innocent Twitch—or a Serious Illness?

What is myoclonus? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, myoclonus “refers to sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or group of muscles.” It is a symptom, not a disease, affecting 8.6 people per 100,000 in its more serious presentations. A myoclonic twitch or a myoclonic jerk—when

1. What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

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.
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The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The critical difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). So, is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? The answer is both

Brain Atrophy: Can It Be Reversed?

Brain Atrophy: Can It Be Reversed?

The human brain is a truly remarkable and highly complex organ. Neurons are the brain cells that carry messages throughout the brain, nervous system, and body. It’s estimated that healthy adults have around 100 billion neurons, each connecting to 10,000 other neurons—an impressive network indeed!

Brain atrophy “is a common feature

1. What Is Alzheimer’s Disease

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

1. What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Just about everyone experiences some memory lapses as they age. You may forget the name of someone you just met or not remember where you parked the car. Most memory slips like this can be overcome with memory tricks or by being more organized (such as always putting your glasses

Massive Beef Recall Raises Mad Cow Health Concerns: How to Be Safer

You?ve likely heard the latest bad food news; it was hard to miss. In late February, the largest meat recall in U.S. history targeted a massive 143,383,823 pounds of raw and frozen beef. The offender? A single meat packing company in Chino, California, which a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation

USDA Bungles I.D. of First U.S.-Born Mad Cow

In late June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that a cow raised in Texas tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. This is the second confirmed case in the U.S., but the first U.S.-bred cow infected with BSE.Missteps. Most worrisome are the

The Mad Rush to Avert a Mad Cow Crisis

<SPAN style=”COLOR: windowtext”>When we last reported on mad cow disease (EN, March 2002), no cases had ever been reported in the <SPAN style=”COLOR: windowtext”>U.S.<SPAN style=”COLOR: windowtext”> That all changed in late December, when a dairy cow in Washington state tested positive for the deadly brain-wasting disease. Here’s an update on

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