Antiulcer Drugs Don’t Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

The use of proton pump inhibitors doesn’t increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. Proton pump inhibitors are a type of antiulcer drug that is commonly used among older persons. The association between proton pump inhibitors and Alzheimer’s disease was studied at the University of Eastern [...]

By |2017-10-02T10:28:09+01:00October 2nd, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Elderly May Need Better Follow-Up After ER Screenings for Suicide

According to the World Health Organisation, suicide rates for men over the age of 70 are higher than in any other group of people. Hospital emergency departments (EDs) are caring for an increasing number of people with mental health concerns, including thoughts or actions related to suicide attempts. For example, nearly half of the older [...]

By |2017-10-02T10:26:41+01:00October 2nd, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Retinal Imaging May Detect Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study led by researchers at Cedars-Sinai and NeuroVision Imaging LLC provides the scientific basis for using non-invasive eye imaging to detect the pathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. The experimental technology, developed by Cedars-Sinai and NeuroVision, scans the retina using techniques that can identify beta-amyloid protein deposits that mirror those in the brain. Accumulations of neurotoxic [...]

By |2017-10-02T10:24:17+01:00October 2nd, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

People with Parkinson’s Should be Monitored for Melanoma

People with the movement disorder Parkinson’s disease have a much higher risk of the skin cancer melanoma, and vice versa, a Mayo Clinic study finds. While further research is needed into the connection, physicians treating one disease should be vigilant for signs of the other and counsel those patients about risk, the authors say. The [...]

By |2017-08-21T10:18:57+01:00August 21st, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Blood Test IDs Key Alzheimer’s Marker

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 disease and its progression. Currently, the only way to detect amyloid beta in the brain is via PET scanning, which is [...]

By |2017-08-21T10:15:29+01:00August 21st, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Painkillers Could be Hiding Serious Arthritis Condition

Thousands of patients with an inflammatory arthritis condition might be being misdiagnosed because the painkillers they take hide the problem from doctors. A new University of Aberdeen study, funded by Arthritis Research UK, aims to see how big a role patients’ medication plays in slowing down diagnosis of axial spondyloarthritis. It’s estimated that around 700,000 [...]

By |2017-08-21T10:12:47+01:00August 21st, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

New Tool Predicts Cognitive Deficits in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is commonly thought of as a movement disorder, but after years of living with the disease, approximately 25 per cent of patients also experience deficits in cognition that impair function. A newly-developed research tool may help predict a patient’s risk for developing dementia and could enable clinical trials aimed at finding treatments to [...]

By |2017-06-23T12:42:50+01:00June 26th, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Gait Testing Suggested as Early Predictor of Dementia

In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are demonstrating that gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task, can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia and eventually help with earlier diagnosis. To date, there is no definitive way for healthcare professionals to forecast the [...]

By |2017-06-23T12:40:36+01:00June 26th, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Inflammatory Pathways Linked to Obsessive Behaviour in Dementia

Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes identified that mutations in a protein commonly linked to frontotemporal dementia (FTD) result in obsessive-like behaviours. They linked these behaviours to immune pathways, implicating that targeting key components of the immune system could be a new therapeutic strategy for FTD. FTD is a common form of dementia in people under [...]

By |2017-05-12T12:28:48+01:00May 12th, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments

Gene Mutation Could Speed up Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s

A gene mutation may accelerate the loss of memory and thinking skills in people who are at risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the 3rd May, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The gene mutation is called the BDNF Val66Met allele, or just [...]

By |2017-05-12T12:18:09+01:00May 12th, 2017|Elderly|0 Comments