Aging

A potential link in high salt diets and cognitive decline

A new study from Nature highlights a potential link in high-salt diets and Alzheimer’s disease. The study examined salt-rich diets in mice, which led to “cognitive dysfunction associated with nitric oxide deficit in cerebral endothelial...

Longer estrogen exposure improves cognitive function

Based on a new study, postmenopausal women may see improved cognitive function with endogenous estrogen exposure (EEE). The new study from The Journal of North American Menopause Society (NAMS) examined a sample of 2,114 postmenopausal...

Six ways to prevent medication diversion in home care

An article in HomeCare outlines six strategies for preventing medication diversion in the home. Home and hospice care is an integral part of the US healthcare system, but there can be many risks associated with...

Fragmented physical activity and mortality risk

A new study published in JAMA Network Open reveals new insights into mortality risk in older adult patients. Historically, reduced physical activity in older adults has been seen as one of the greatest risks for...

Preventing osteoporosis using the PRECEDE model

In August 2019, a study was published that investigated the efficacy of educational intervention based on the PRECEDE (Predisposing, Reinforcing and Enabling Constructs in Educational Diagnosis and Evaluation) model to promote osteoporosis prevention behaviors...

Why is it harder to lose weight as we get older?

One of the universal struggles many patients face, especially as they age, is how to keep extra weight off and understanding why it’s easier to gain weight than lose it. Recent studies may shed...
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The impact of rounding on a geriatric psychiatric unit

A tool for patient safety and staff satisfaction. By Idrialis Perez-Carter, MS, RN Takeaways: Readers will be able to understand the purpose of staff rounding. Readers will identify one positive result that can result from having...
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Assessing and preventing cognitive impairment in the elderly

All segments of the international population are living longer, and many will experience dementia. Policymakers are focused on the cost estimates of caring for elders with cognitive impairment. The World Alzheimer Report 2016, from Alzheimer’s Disease International, a global federation of 85 Alzheimer’s associations, highlighted the need to make dementia an international health priority. The numbers in the report are staggering: 47 million people are estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, with the number projected to increase to more than 131 million by 2050. The report recommends that nations develop a plan to address dementia, removing the stigma around it, and protecting the human rights of these individuals.

Protein identified as critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check

A study by scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute suggests that a protein called membralin is critical for keeping Alzheimer’s disease pathology in check and could provide a new path toward future treatments for Alzheimer’s...
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Oral anticoagulants may reduce risk of dementia in patients with AF

Oral anticoagulants may reduce the risk of dementia in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study in the European Heart Journal. Read more via Academic.oup.com.
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Early-onset hypertension in women and dementia risk

Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s may be more likely to develop dementia years later, according to a study in Neurology. Read more via Neurology.org.

World Alzheimer’s Day – Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed....
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Possible blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Decades before people with Alzheimer's disease develop memory loss and confusion, their brains become dotted with plaques made of a sticky protein – called amyloid beta – that is thought to contribute to the...