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Feds Warn of Bedrails That Can Entrap; 3 Deaths Reported

Feds Warn of Bedrails That Can Entrap; 3 Deaths ReportedFRIDAY, June 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- At least three elderly Americans suffocated after getting trapped in Mobility Transfer Systems adult portable bedrails, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says anyone who has the rails should stop using them immediately.The warning applies to 10 models of bedrails made and sold by Mobility Transfer Systems Inc. from 1992 to 2021, and by Metal Tubing USA Inc. in 2021 and 2022.Neither company has agreed to recall the 285,000 bedrails they've sold or to offer consumers a safety solution, according to CPSC. It added that it is weighing future possible action.The agency said patients can become trapped between the bedrail and mattress, or within portions of the bedrail itself, leading to asphyxia. At least three people have died...

What People With Early-Onset Dementia Want You to Know

2 June 2022
What People With Early-Onset Dementia Want You to KnowTHURSDAY, June 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- An elevator encounter that happened to Laurie Waters highlights the daily plight faced by early-onset Alzheimer's patients like her.Waters, 57, was stuck in an elevator at an Alzheimer's convention with other folks who were growing loud and excited -- and the situation was getting to her."I was starting to get panic-stricken, being in that enclosed space. And one gentleman was like, 'Well, what's the matter with you?'" Waters recalled. "I said, 'I'm actually living with Alzheimer's.' And this woman next to him said, 'You know, that's really mean to say that.'"June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and people like Waters are taking the opportunity to share what they'd like others to know about what it's like to live with a dementia.Her...

Mutant Gene Stops At-Risk People From Getting...

1 June 2022
Mutant Gene Stops At-Risk People From Getting Alzheimer`s: Could It Lead to Treatment?WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The APOE4 gene is the most powerful genetic factor driving a person's risk for developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease."It probably increases your risk two or threefold if you have one APOE4 copy, and if you have two APOE4 copies, it probably increases your risk about tenfold," said Dr. Michael Greicius, a professor of neurology at Stanford Medicine.But that story just became a little more complicated -- in a way that could potentially save the brains of millions who've inherited the APOE4 gene.An international research team led by Greicius has discovered a rare mutation that actually negates the Alzheimer's risk posed by the APOE4 gene.The R251G variant changes just a single amino acid in the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene, but that simple...

Is Slowed Walking a Sign Dementia Is Near?

1 June 2022
Is Slowed Walking a Sign Dementia Is Near?WEDNESDAY, June 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you're a senior and walking to the mailbox takes longer than it used to, new research suggests you might want to ask your doctor to check your thinking skills.The study included nearly 17,000 adults over 65 and found those who walk about 5% slower or more each year and also had memory declines were the most likely to develop dementia.The findings were published May 31 in the journal JAMA Network Open."These results highlight the importance of gait in dementia risk assessment," corresponding study author Taya Collyer, a research fellow at Peninsula Clinical School at Monash University in Victoria, Australia, told CNN.The findings echo those of a 2020 study of nearly 9,000 U.S. adults that found an association between slowed walking speed...

Type 2 Diabetes Speeds Aging in the Brain

31 May 2022
Type 2 Diabetes Speeds Aging in the BrainTUESDAY, May 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes is linked to memory and thinking problems, and a new study suggests it's because the disease makes the brain age faster.Looking at data from 20,000 middle-aged and older adults, researchers found that -- consistent with past studies -- people with type 2 diabetes generally did worse on tests of memory and thinking skills than those without diabetes.Beyond that, MRI scans revealed differences in brain regions related to those skills: People with diabetes had more tissue shrinkage -- akin to a 26% acceleration in normal brain aging.It's well-known that brain tissue gradually shrinks as we age, with certain areas withering more and faster than others.The new findings show that people with diabetes have atrophy in the same brain...

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