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Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you've been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory. Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned … Read More

Ehrlichiosis: Another Tick-Borne Disease on the Rise

What is ehrlichiosis? It's a bacterial disease of the white blood cells. Spread by ticks, ehrlichiosis affects all mammals, including people. Two bacteria in particular are known to cause the disease—Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii. A third, Ehrlichia muris, is being evaluated as another cause. According to the U.S. National … Read More

What Is Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease does not affect just the elderly—sometimes it can attack people in their 50s, 40s, and even 30s. And when it does, the effects can be devastating. So what is early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (EOAD)? Simply put, EOAD involves the onset of Alzheimer’s before the age of 65, when it … Read More

How to Get Rid of Ticks on Dogs

Ticks are eight-legged arachnids—meaning they're not actually insects—that feed on the blood of mammals. When they feed, they usually spread disease. Nasty critters. If you've experienced the discovery of a tick on your pooch, your instinct likely was: Grab it! Before you dig in, though, it helps to know how … Read More

What’s New in Parkinson’s Treatment

Today’s Parkinson’s treatment options address the symptoms of tremors, stiffness, and slow movement to improve quality of life. However, they do little to slow the progression of this disease.  Fortunately, research is helping us better understand Parkinson’s. While early signs of Parkinson's disease can be overlooked, once it's diagnosed, treatment … Read More

Anaplasmosis: Tick-Borne Disease Is Gearing Up and On the Rise

Ticks are nasty bugs that transmit a number of diseases, among them anaplasmosis. What is anaplasmosis? It's caused by the bacteria Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which the tick shares when it bites a host. Anaplasmosis is the second-most common tick disease, after Lyme disease. While the incidence of Lyme disease dwarfs that … Read More

What Is Multiple Scleroisis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) disrupts communication between the brain, nerves, muscles and other parts of the body. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath—the protective covering around some nerve cells which speeds transmission of nerve signals. This results in slowing of nerve impulses and … Read More

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