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Could Dirty Air Help Speed Alzheimer's?

Could Dirty Air Help Speed Alzheimer`s?TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults exposed to air pollution might have a heightened risk of abnormal "plaque" accumulation in the brain, a new study suggests.Plaques refer to clumps of protein called beta-amyloid that build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. In the new study, researchers found that among older adults with memory and thinking problems, those exposed to higher levels of air pollution were more likely to show plaque buildup on brain scans.The findings do not prove air pollution causes plaques or dementia, said lead researcher Leonardo Iaccarino, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco's Memory and Aging Center.But the results add to a body of research suggesting that air pollution is a risk factor for...

Lockdown Loneliness Could Worsen Parkinson's Symptoms

30 November 2020
Lockdown Loneliness Could Worsen Parkinson`s SymptomsMONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic may worsen Parkinson's symptoms, researchers report.They gathered five years of information on the social and emotional well-being, diet and physical activity of 1,500 Parkinson's disease patients. They were most recently surveyed in December 2019.Those who reported feeling the loneliest got less exercise, were less likely to have a healthy diet, and had a lower quality of life, according to the study published recently in the journal NPJ Parkinson's Disease."That surprised us," said study author Dr. Indu Subramanian, a neurologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Southwest Veteran Affairs Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers."One of the...

Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: Study

25 November 2020
Delirium May Be Only Sign of Severe COVID in Elderly: StudyWEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Delirium is often the first symptom of COVID-19 to appear in older people, a new study finds.They may have confusion with an altered level of consciousness, disorientation, inattention and other mental disturbances, but none of the other typical signs of the coronavirus infection, such as fever and cough, researchers say."COVID can operate through multiple ways to affect the brain, including inflammation, mini-strokes, multiple organ system failure, and then, the usual stressors of being sick and hospitalized can contribute to delirium," said senior study author Dr. Sharon Inouye. She is director of the Aging Brain Center at Hebrew SeniorLife and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in...

Strong Sleeping Pills Tied to Falls, Fractures in...

25 November 2020
Strong Sleeping Pills Tied to Falls, Fractures in Dementia PatientsWEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Strong sleeping pills known as "Z-drugs" may increase the risk of falls, fractures and stroke among people with dementia, British researchers report.People with dementia can have trouble sleeping and are often prescribed drugs such as zaleplon (Sonata), zolpidem (Ambien) and zopiclone to help them nod off, but higher doses of these drugs can have negative effects."As many as 90% of people with dementia suffer sleep disturbances and it has a big impact on their mental and physical health, as well as that of their carers," said Chris Fox, from the University of East Anglia's Norwich Medical School."Z-drugs are commonly prescribed to help people sleep. However, these medicines were never licensed for dementia, and they have been associated with...

Most Americans Over 50 Would Get COVID Vaccine: Poll

25 November 2020
Most Americans Over 50 Would Get COVID Vaccine: PollWEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of older Americans say they're likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but many would want to wait a bit before getting the shot, a new survey reveals.Older adults are among the groups with the highest priority for COVID-19 vaccination. This poll of more than 2,000 adults, ages 50-80, was conducted in October by the University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. It found that 58% of respondents said they're somewhat or very likely to get vaccinated once a vaccine is available. That increased to 66% when the poll team asked the question a different way, with 20% of older adults saying they'd like to get vaccinated as soon as there's a vaccine, but 46% saying they'd rather wait for others to get vaccinated...

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