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Blood Prick Test for Alzheimer's Shows Promise

Blood Prick Test for Alzheimer`s Shows PromiseWEDNESDAY, July 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease now requires a series of complicated and expensive imaging scans that look for abnormal protein plaques and tangles in the brain.But in the near future, detecting signs of Alzheimer’s could be as simple as taking a finger prick blood test.Researchers detected key Alzheimer’s-related biomarkers in dried blood samples drawn from a finger prick, according to findings presented Wednesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, in Amsterdam.“The finger prick method is very much a work in progress, but we are encouraged by this preliminary evidence,” said lead scientist Hanna Huber, a postdoctoral researcher of neurochemistry at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.This...

Bipolar Disorder Ups Early Death Risk by Sixfold

19 July 2023
Bipolar Disorder Ups Early Death Risk by SixfoldWEDNESDAY, July 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People who have bipolar disorder may have a higher risk of dying early, according to new research.Finnish investigators say this is due to a combination of external causes -- such as suicide, accidents and violence -- and physical health issues, with alcohol a big contributor. Targeting interventions to substance abuse will likely reduce premature deaths owing to both external and physical causes, according to the study, published July 18 in BMJ Mental Health.“Suicide prevention remains a priority, and better awareness of the risk of overdose and other poisonings is warranted," researchers led by Tapio Paljärvi of Niuvanniemi Hospital in Kuopio, Finland, said in a journal news release.The study involved more than 47,000 Finns between 15...

New Opioid Use Raises Death Risk 11-Fold in Those With...

18 July 2023
New Opioid Use Raises Death Risk 11-Fold in Those With DementiaTUESDAY, July 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who begin using opioid painkillers after a dementia diagnosis have a significantly greater risk of death — about 11-fold within the first two weeks, according to new research.The risk of death continued beyond two weeks, but at a lower rate, said researchers in Denmark. They found a doubled death risk within 90 days of opioid initiation, and said doctors must seriously weigh the risks versus benefits of opioid use in elderly patients with dementia. The study of all Danes diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in a 10-year period also found that one-third of patients who began taking opioids died within 180 days of that first dose. About 6% of the non-opioid group died during that time.“In our study, starting on an opioid after...

Hearing Aids May Cut Dementia Risk in Those at High Risk

18 July 2023
Hearing Aids May Cut Dementia Risk in Those at High RiskTUESDAY, July 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If you're hard of hearing and at higher risk for dementia, hearing aids could be a win-win.New research, published July 18 in The Lancet, finds hearing aids might reduce thinking declines in older adults --but only in those at higher risk of dementia."These results provide compelling evidence that treating hearing loss is a powerful tool to protect cognitive function in later life, and possibly, over the long term, delay a dementia diagnosis,” said Dr. Frank Lin, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. “But any cognitive benefits of treating age-related hearing loss are likely to vary depending on an individuals’ risk of cognitive decline,” Lin added in a journal news...

Nursing Homes Used COVID Meds Less Than Expected During Pandemic

18 July 2023
Nursing Homes Used COVID Meds Less Than Expected During PandemicTUESDAY, July 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While nursing home residents are at high risk for bad outcomes if they get COVID-19, use of antiviral treatments, such as monoclonal antibodies, was low through most of 2021 and 2022.The authors of a new study, led by Brian McGarry, a health services researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, called that fact alarming.Using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network for May 2021 to December 2002, McGarry and collaborators at Harvard University found that just 18% of COVID-19 cases in nursing homes were treated with antiviral medicine.Even after easier-to-administer and widely available oral treatments were authorized, only 1 in 4 nursing home residents received...

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