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Memory Loss Hitting Some Fentanyl Abusers 29Jan
2018

Memory Loss Hitting Some Fentanyl Abusers

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Using fentanyl or other opioids alongside other illicit drugs could trigger possibly permanent amnesia caused by brain damage, doctors warn. Over a dozen cases have emerged...
Death Brings Wisdom to Dying Patients

Death Brings Wisdom to Dying Patients

27 January 2018
SATURDAY, Jan. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With terminal illness comes newfound, and profound, wisdom, researchers report. They uncovered this silver lining of terminal illness as people in their final months...
SATURDAY, Jan. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With terminal illness comes newfound, and profound, wisdom, researchers report. They uncovered this silver lining of terminal illness as people in their final months tried to strike a balance between accepting their fate and making the most of the time they had left. "The end of life presents a unique perspective," explained senior study author Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior associate dean at the University of California, San Diego's Center of Healthy Aging. "This is an extremely challenging time, a confluence of learning to accept what's happening while still striving to grow and change and live one's remaining life as best one can," Jeste said in a university news release. "It's this paradox that, if embraced, can lead to even greater wisdom...
Will Certain Foods Bolster Brain Health After Stroke?

Will Certain Foods Bolster Brain Health After Stroke?

25 January 2018
THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors who eat plenty of leafy greens, fish and other healthy foods may help preserve their brain function as time goes on, a preliminary study...
THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors who eat plenty of leafy greens, fish and other healthy foods may help preserve their brain function as time goes on, a preliminary study suggests. Researchers found the benefits among stroke survivors who most closely followed the principles of the so-called "MIND" diet. It pulls together elements from two eating plans known to improve heart health: the traditional Mediterranean diet and the "DASH" diet, for controlling high blood pressure. It also makes specific recommendations that are based on research into nutrition and brain health, said senior researcher Martha Clare Morris, a professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. For example, she said, the diet puts more value on vegetables -- especially leafy...
Keep Working to Protect Your Brain After a Mild Stroke

Keep Working to Protect Your Brain After a Mild Stroke

25 January 2018
THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Work may be good medicine for the brains of people who suffer mild strokes, a new study out of Israel suggests. The study included 252 working-age adults whose mental...
THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Work may be good medicine for the brains of people who suffer mild strokes, a new study out of Israel suggests. The study included 252 working-age adults whose mental functioning was evaluated one and two years after a mild stroke. Those who had jobs before and after their stroke were less likely to experience mental decline, the researchers said. Compared to those who had jobs before their stroke, those who were unemployed were 320 percent more likely to develop mental decline within two years. They were also more likely to have worse depression, unhealthy brain changes, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, the study authors reported. Returning to work was associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline. In the two years after...
Another Alzheimer's Drug Fails: What Makes This Disease So Tough to Fight?
25 January 2018

Another Alzheimer's Drug Fails: What Makes This Disease So Tough to Fight?

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As more experimental drugs fail to stop Alzheimer's from destroying human memory, experts now wonder whether research into the devastating brain disease has been marching in the wrong direction. In recent weeks, a pair of high-profile disappointments have been reported, including one just announced on a trial of the Eli Lily drug solanezumab. Now, researchers are trying to figure out what might have been missed in the search for an Alzheimer's cure. Did errors occur in the clinical trials of these drugs, creating the failure of potentially promising therapies? Or has there been a fundamental misunderstanding of the complex nature of Alzheimer's disease? Until now, research has focused mainly on treating or preventing Alzheimer's by...
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