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Scientists Identify Rare Gene Mutation that Protects Against Alzheimer’s

After years of studying genes that increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease, scientists report the promising discovery of DNA that does the opposite: the first gene variant that protects people against the neurodegenerative disorder. The gene variant is rare — most people who do not have Alzheimer’s don’t have the mutation — but its function bolsters […]

Doctors on the front lines of end-of-life care

Doctors on the front lines of end-of-life care

ST. LOUIS – Two decades ago, many Alzheimer’s patients with advanced dementia received feeding tubes when they could no longer swallow. Today, few of these terminally ill patients get feeding tubes or breathing machines. “We’re growing up. We’re seeing these medical bills,” said Dr. David Carr, chief of geriatric medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “When it […]

Caregivers face challenges when patients also have dementia

Caregivers face challenges when patients also have dementia

Alzheimer’s disease ran the show for the last few years of Robert Lusk’s life. The incurable brain disorder took center stage in front of other ailments: chronic diabetes, heart surgery and prostate cancer. But his wife and caregiver, Mary, had to take all of his medical conditions into consideration while maintaining calm and routine in […]

With Alzheimer’s, hospital stays can be a hazard

With Alzheimer’s, hospital stays can be a hazard

WASHINGTON – For people with Alzheimer’s disease, a hospital stay may prove catastrophic. People with dementia are far more likely to be hospitalized than other older adults, often for preventable reasons like an infection that wasn’t noticed early enough. Hospitals can be upsetting to anyone, but consider the added fear factor if you can’t remember […]

Post-stroke depression linked to functional brain impairment

Post-stroke depression linked to functional brain impairment

Researchers studying stroke patients have found a strong association between impairments in a network of the brain involved in emotional regulation and the severity of post-stroke depression. Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology. “A third of patients surviving a stroke experience post-stroke depression (PSD),” said lead researcher Igor Sibon, M.D., […]

Dementia care model that reduces hospitalizations successfully translated into …

Dementia care model that reduces hospitalizations successfully translated into …

INDIANAPOLIS — An innovative model of dementia care that significantly reduces emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and encourages use of medications that are not harmful to older brains, has now been used to treat over 1,000 patients. The Aging Brain Care model was developed by researcher-clinicians from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School […]

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