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Mood Swings, Memory Troubles: Minding the Mental Toll of Menopause

Mood Swings, Memory Troubles: Minding the Mental Toll of MenopauseWEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause and the years before it may make you feel like you’re losing your mind.Some of those feelings are changes that occur naturally in this stage of life, but other factors contribute, too, according to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), which offered tips to achieve some peace.Changes in hormones are a big reason for the mood swings and other symptoms. While most women are accustomed to their own hormonal rhythm, it gets disrupted during perimenopause, the years before a woman's periods stop for good, according to NAMS.Part of it is just timing — that these physical changes are happening along with other midlife stresses, such as relationship issues, divorce or widowhood. For some women, those stresses include caring for...

Stranded Dolphins' Brains Show Alzheimer's-Like Changes

21 December 2022
Stranded Dolphins` Brains Show Alzheimer`s-Like ChangesWEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Groups of whales, dolphins and porpoises are regularly stranded in shallow waters around the coasts of the United Kingdom.Researchers wanted to understand why, so they studied the brains of 22 toothed whales — or "odontocetes" — that were stranded in Scottish coastal waters.The study included five species — Risso’s dolphins, long-finned pilot whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and bottlenose dolphins. The research showed that four of the stranded animals from different dolphin species had some brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease in humans.“These are significant findings that show, for the first time, that the brain pathology in stranded odontocetes is similar to the brains of humans affected by...

Homicide a Leading Cause of Death for Kids, Teens

19 December 2022
Homicide a Leading Cause of Death for Kids, TeensMONDAY, Dec. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Homicide has become a leading killer of children, with guns being the most common weapon used in their deaths, a new study shows. The overall rate of homicides in children has grown about 4.3% each year for a decade, with a steep rise seen between 2019 and 2020, when the number of kids who died by homicide rose 27.7%. Firearm-related homicides rose 47.7% between 2019 and 2020, according to the study by researchers at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the U.S. Department of Defense and Georgia State University's School of Public Health. The findings were published Dec. 19 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.Black male teens were impacted most: The homicide rate for Black males ages 16 to 17 was 18 times higher than that for white...

Make the Holidays Comforting for Loved Ones With Alzheimer's

17 December 2022
Make the Holidays Comforting for Loved Ones With Alzheimer`sSATURDAY, Dec. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Those who have dementia can find the holiday season disorienting, but their loved ones can help."The holiday season can be both joyful and stressful for all of us, especially individuals living with a dementia-related illness," said Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA). "Being proactive, adaptable and inclusive of the person's wishes and abilities are the best ways to help them have a happy and joyful holiday season," she said in a foundation news release.Start by realizing less is more when it comes to decorating. AFA experts suggest simple decorations to keep from overstimulating the loved one with dementia. Too many flickering lights or noisy items can be overwhelming....

Americans' Odds for Parkinson's May Be Higher Than Thought

15 December 2022
Americans` Odds for Parkinson`s May Be Higher Than ThoughtTHURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Parkinson's disease is a much bigger problem than previously thought, particularly for aging Americans, a new study finds.There are about 50% more new cases of the degenerative disorder diagnosed each year in North America than currently estimated, researchers concluded after an extensive data review."We used to say 60,000 people a year were getting diagnosed, but really it's 90,000 people a year are getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease," said co-researcher James Beck, chief scientific officer at the Parkinson's Foundation.The results highlight that increasing age is a primary risk factor for Parkinson's, Beck said. With an aging population, more cases of Parkinson's are being diagnosed.The new estimates align with a 2018 study which...

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