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1 in 5 U.S. Adults Now Has Arthritis

1 in 5 U.S. Adults Now Has ArthritisTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Arthritis is becoming a disease of the masses, striking 21% of U.S. adults, or over 53 million people, a new report shows. “It's important first to point out that arthritis is a general term that includes over a hundred different chronic diseases that affect the joints and the tissues around those joints,” said researcher Elizabeth Fallon, an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The finding was culled from an analysis of data from the National Health Interview Survey from 2019 to 2021. How did the numbers break out? About 88% of all arthritis cases were adults aged 45 and up, while about 50% were working-age people ranging in age from 18 to 64.Additional risk factors included being a woman, being a...

Medical Groups Issue Consensus Definition of Brain Death

12 October 2023
Medical Groups Issue Consensus Definition of Brain DeathTHURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A new guideline from four leading medical organizations should help doctors determine if someone is brain dead.“Until now, there have been two separate guidelines for determining brain death, one for adults and one for children,” said author Dr. Matthew Kirschen, a critical care physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.“This update integrates guidance for adults and children into a single guideline, providing clinicians with a comprehensive and practical way to evaluate someone who has sustained a catastrophic brain injury to determine if they meet the criteria for brain death,” Kirschen said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN).The guidance was jointly crafted by the AAN, the American Academy...

Woman Resistant to Alzheimer's Helps Inspire New Way to...

9 October 2023
Woman Resistant to Alzheimer`s Helps Inspire New Way to Fight the DiseaseMONDAY, Oct. 9, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have developed an antibody that can reduce Alzheimer's-like brain damage in lab mice — inspired by the case of one woman with remarkable resistance to the disease.The work, by researchers at Mass General Brigham, Harvard Medical School in Boston, and elsewhere, began a few years ago, with the case of a woman in Colombia who had shown "extreme protection" from Alzheimer's disease.She was from a family with an unusually high genetic risk of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and her genes seemed to have her on a course toward developing the disease by her 40s. Despite that, she withstood dementia until her 70s.After her death, it was found that her brain harbored large amounts of abnormal amyloid — the protein that makes up the...

How HDL 'Good' Cholesterol Might Raise Dementia Risk

5 October 2023
How HDL `Good` Cholesterol Might Raise Dementia RiskTHURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- While HDL cholesterol is considered the "good" kind for heart and brain health, too much or too little of it may up a person's risk of dementia, new research suggests. “This study is especially informative because of the large number of participants and long follow-up,” noted study author Maria Glymour, of Boston University. She said her team was able to “study the links with dementia across the range of cholesterol levels and achieve precise estimates, even for people with cholesterol levels that are quite high or quite low.”Still, that can’t prove that high or low levels of HDL cholesterol actually cause dementia, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) cautioned in its news release about the study.To learn more about the potential...

Loneliness Could Raise Risk for Parkinson's, Study Finds

3 October 2023
Loneliness Could Raise Risk for Parkinson`s, Study FindsTUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Loneliness can leave many feeling desolate, but new research now suggests it may also leave people vulnerable to Parkinson's disease.Among more than 490,000 people listed in the UK Biobank who were followed for up to 15 years, loneliness appeared to increase the chances of a Parkinson's diagnosis by 37%."The association between loneliness and incident Parkinson's disease was not due to shared genetic, clinical or behavioral risk factors," said senior researcher Angelina Sutin, a professor in the department of behavioral sciences and social medicine at Florida State University's College of Medicine in Tallahassee.Although this study can't prove that loneliness causes Parkinson's disease, there appears to be a connection, Sutin said."We show that...

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