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Post-Op Delirium Could Signal Faster Mental Decline

Post-Op Delirium Could Signal Faster Mental DeclineTUESDAY, March 21, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults often develop delirium after surgery, and new research finds this is associated with a faster rate of mental decline.The study highlights the importance of preventing delirium to preserve brain health in older adults who undergo surgery, according to the authors.“Whether delirium causes this faster rate of decline, or is simply a marker of those who are at risk of experiencing faster rates of decline, is still to be determined,” co-author Zachary Kunicki said in a news release from the Marcus Institute for Aging Research, in Boston.Kunicki is an assistant professor in the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, R.I. The investigators found a 40% faster rate of cognitive (mental) decline in those who...

U.S. Travelers Warned About Counterfeit Pills Containing...

20 March 2023
U.S. Travelers Warned About Counterfeit Pills Containing Fentanyl in Mexico PharmaciesMONDAY, March 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Traveling in Mexico? Use caution when buying medications there, cautions the U.S. State Department.The warning was issued in response to concerns about counterfeit pills containing fentanyl being sold at pharmacies in tourist areas and border regions. “Counterfeit pills are readily advertised on social media and can be purchased at small, non-chain pharmacies in Mexico along the border and in tourist areas,” it said.Pills sold as OxyContin, Percocet and Xanax are often counterfeit and “may contain deadly doses of fentanyl,” the State Department advised. Among the towns where this may be happening are beach resort locations, such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the Associated Press reported. “The U.S. Department of State has no...

Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer Players

17 March 2023
Dementia Risk Rises for Elite European Soccer PlayersFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s well-established that American football players can suffer significant brain impacts as they age.Now, new research shows that elite European soccer players are also more likely than the average person to develop dementia.Men in the Swedish top soccer division between 1924 and 2019 were 1.5 times more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease than those in a control group.The study of more than 6,000 players found they had an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.They did not, however, have any increased risk for motor neuron disease, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease). And they had even lower risk of Parkinson’s disease than a control group matched by...

Could COVID Trigger 'Face Blindness'?

16 March 2023
Could COVID Trigger `Face Blindness`?THURSDAY, March 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The list of symptoms that can strike long COVID sufferers has just gotten a little longer, and a little more mysterious: Researchers are reporting a case of "face blindness" related to the syndrome.The condition, known medically as prosopagnosia, causes a very specific impairment: trouble discerning one face from another. Even the once-familiar face of a loved one might as well be a stranger's.Typically, face blindness arises from damage to the brain's face-processing network, after a head injury or stroke, for example, said Marie-Luise Kieseler, a researcher at the Dartmouth College Social Perception Lab in Hanover, N.H.Now she and colleague Brad Duchaine have identified the first case of face blindness linked to long-haul COVID.Reporting...

U.S. Pregnancy Deaths Drop Following Spike During Pandemic

16 March 2023
U.S. Pregnancy Deaths Drop Following Spike During PandemicTHURSDAY, March 16, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- After U.S. pregnancy deaths soared in 2021, they are on track to drop to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, a new government report shows.While the decline from more than 1,200 pregnancy deaths in 2021 to 733 deaths in 2022 is positive news, experts said it’s still not enough when pregnancy deaths were already at high levels before COVID-19 emerged.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released final numbers for 2021 on Thursday; the 2022 figure is likely to grow because those numbers are still preliminary.What happened “isn’t that hard to explain,” Eugene Declercq, a longtime maternal mortality researcher at Boston University, told the Associated Press. “The surge was COVID-related.”About one-quarter of maternal deaths...

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