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2022

Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking Support

Poll Finds Many Diabetes Caregivers Exhausted, Lacking SupportTUESDAY, July 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Diane Kondyra knows a lot about the hidden dangers of diabetes.Both she and her husband have been diagnosed with the blood sugar disease, and her husband suffered one of its devastating complications in 2018 when he developed a staph infection that cost him part of his leg. Uncontrolled diabetes can restrict blood flow to the legs, making it more likely that simple cuts can turn into life-threatening wounds."I have firsthand experience to know, like anything, you always have to take care of your body ... because if you don't, things like this can happen," the 63-year-old said during a HealthDay Now interview.The whole event was highly traumatic and stressful for Kondyra's family, but it also served as a wake-up call. "The health problems that...

Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

4 July 2022
Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer`s Risk for WomenMONDAY, July 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.“This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s that is specific to women,” said co-senior study author Lindsay Farrer, chief of biomedical genetics at Boston University School of Medicine.For the new study, a team from the University of Chicago and Boston University School of Medicine looked for genetic links using two unrelated datasets and different methods.One dataset was from a large family of Hutterites, a central European group whose isolated culture and small gene pool have made it a popular focus for studying genetic...

Loved One With Alzheimer's? Make This July 4 'Dementia...

3 July 2022
Loved One With Alzheimer`s? Make This July 4 `Dementia Friendly`SUNDAY, July 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A holiday filled with loud noises can be upsetting for people who have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, but it's possible to create a Fourth of July celebration that works for everyone."Being proactive, prepared and adaptable are the best ways caregivers can create a dementia-friendly Fourth of July for their loved ones," said Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.In preparation for the nation's 246th birthday, Reeder offered several dementia-friendly holiday ideas:Skip the fireworks. Adapt this tradition by watching a fireworks display on TV.Stay inside. Keep your loved one indoors at all times if they are likely to hear fireworks. But be prepared that the noise may make...

Protect Your Hearing This July 4th

2 July 2022
Protect Your Hearing This July 4thSATURDAY, July 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) – While fireworks may be bright and beautiful, they're also noisy.And a single loud blast or explosion that lasts less than a second can cause immediate and permanent hearing loss, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) warns. "The Fourth of July, perhaps more than any other holiday, is associated with loud noise," said Janice Trent, vice president for audiology practice for ASHA's Board of Directors. "Some people may opt for quieter celebrations —but for those that don't, we encourage them to use basic hearing protection in the form of earplugs."Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable, ASHA noted as it offered a series of tips for enjoying the holiday safely.Wearing hearing protection is a must, it said....

Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer's Risk

30 June 2022
Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer`s RiskTHURSDAY, June 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men, and a new study shows that certain brain changes known to increase this risk may accrue during menopause.Women who have gone through menopause have more white matter hyperintensities in their brains than premenopausal women or men of the same age, researchers found. These are tiny lesions seen on brain scans that are linked to an increased risk of cerebral small vessel diseases, including stroke, Alzheimer's disease and problems with thinking and memory."At a younger age, on average, there are no discernible differences between men and women, [but] older women have more of these abnormalities than men of similar age, and this gap occurs around menopause and widens thereafter,"...
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