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Deep Brain 'Zap' Restores Vivid Memories to Alzheimer's Patients 21Aug
2019

Deep Brain 'Zap' Restores Vivid Memories to Alzheimer's Patients

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could a pacemaker for the brain improve the memories of people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease? New research suggests it might be possible one day: Electrical...

Health Tip: Managing Arthritis of the Hands

6 August 2019
(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis is a collection of joint diseases that affect more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children in the United States. The joint pain, swelling or stiffness that may come with arthritis can be debilitating, says the Arthritis Foundation. To manage arthritis of the hands, the foundation suggests: Use cold packs to numb the joints and reduce swelling. For significant inflammation, heat packs may provide relief. Immobilize the hand with a splint or brace overnight. Use a grip or similar device if you have trouble grasping or holding things.
Blood Test May Spot Brain Changes of Early Alzheimer's

Blood Test May Spot Brain Changes of Early Alzheimer's

1 August 2019
THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test helped pinpoint the early signs of Alzheimer's in a new study. Up to two decades before people develop Alzheimer's symptoms such as memory loss and...
THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A simple blood test helped pinpoint the early signs of Alzheimer's in a new study. Up to two decades before people develop Alzheimer's symptoms such as memory loss and confusion, harmful clumps of amyloid beta protein begin to accumulate in their brain, researchers explained. But it's possible to measure levels of amyloid beta in the blood and use that information to determine whether the protein has accumulated in the brain, they added. Combining blood amyloid levels with two other major Alzheimer's risk factors -- age and the genetic variant APOE4 -- can identify people who have early Alzheimer's brain changes with 94% accuracy, according to the scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study included 150...
Bigger Waistlines a Threat to Women's Health, Even...

Bigger Waistlines a Threat to Women's Health, Even...

24 July 2019
WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A widening waistline can harm the health of older women, even if they avoid obesity, new research suggests. It's a condition known as "central obesity" -- a concentration...
WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A widening waistline can harm the health of older women, even if they avoid obesity, new research suggests. It's a condition known as "central obesity" -- a concentration of fat around the abdomen. Central obesity can occur even if it's not enough to shift a person's body mass index (BMI) into the obese range, explained researchers led by Wei Bao, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa. His study found that a large waist size -- about 35 inches or more -- significantly increased the risk of an early death for women over 49, even when they had a normal BMI. The study findings suggest that doctors "look not only at body weight but also body shape when assessing a patient's health risks," Bao concluded in a university news...
More Clues to Mysterious Illness Among Staff at U.S. Embassy in Cuba
23 July 2019

More Clues to Mysterious Illness Among Staff at U.S. Embassy in Cuba

TUESDAY, July 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three years ago, U.S. diplomats in Cuba began experiencing hearing loss, dizziness and memory problems -- in what the Trump administration attributed to an attack of unknown origin. Now researchers say they have detected some "alterations" in the patients' brain structure and function -- though the significance, if any, is disputed. The findings come from 40 U.S. embassy employees who, between 2016 and 2018, reported symptoms of what came to be known in the media as "Havana syndrome." They suffered from a range of concussion-like symptoms, including balance problems, memory lapses, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, headaches and nausea. In 2017, the State Department said the employees may have been victims of a "sonic attack" that...
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