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Could Long COVID Change Brain Activity?

Could Long COVID Change Brain Activity?MONDAY, May 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists report that brain scans of long COVID patients show abnormal activity in areas related to memory.The scan results validate the concerns of these patients, who feel like they’re experiencing fatigue, trouble concentrating and memory issues, even though their scores on thinking tests don’t show it.“We were able to show that even though they were able to do the task -- they did everything correctly -- the brain was functioning in a way that shows that it's compensating,” said lead researcher Dr. Linda Chang, a neurologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The brain actually is using different parts of the brain to do the work. That means the normal brain network is not functioning as well.”Chang and her...

Similar to Humans, Sleep Is Altered for Dogs With Dementia

1 May 2023
Similar to Humans, Sleep Is Altered for Dogs With DementiaMONDAY, May 1, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Like people, man’s best friend can get dementia with aging.And these older dogs sleep less deeply when they develop the condition, just as people with Alzheimer’s disease do, according to research that included problem-solving tasks and brain wave measurements.“Our study is the first to evaluate the association between cognitive impairment and sleep using polysomnography -- the same technique as used in sleep studies in people -- in aged dogs,” said senior study author Dr. Natasha Olby, a professor of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery at North Carolina State University.The earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in people typically involve disruptions in sleep rhythms. This may be because of damage to sleep-regulating areas of the...

Drinking & Driving in the Senior Years: A Recipe for...

28 April 2023
Drinking & Driving in the Senior Years: A Recipe for DisasterFRIDAY, April 28, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older drivers using alcohol or drugs are much more likely to be at fault in a car crash.Researchers studying the issue say that calls for sober-driving campaigns aimed at seniors."Our research shows just how much aging increases the risk of being at fault for injury or fatality in a drug- or alcohol-related traffic accident," said lead author Dr. Satish Kedia. He's a professor in the division of social and behavioral sciences at the University of Memphis School of Public Health in Tennessee.His team's analysis of nine years of U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data revealed that substance use in older drivers increased the likelihood of being at fault in a crash by two to four times.The researchers looked at alcohol,...

New Form of Levodopa Might Improve Parkinson's Care

26 April 2023
New Form of Levodopa Might Improve Parkinson`s CareWEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- An extended-release version of a Parkinson’s disease drug could provide more stable relief for patients with the movement disorder, new clinical trial data show.The new formulation of levodopa, called IPX203, extended the duration of patients’ “on time" — the amount of time the medication is working and symptoms are lessened, researchers reported this week at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, in Boston.Three oral doses of IPX203 a day worked slightly better than five doses of standard levodopa, with patients’ “on time” running about a half-hour longer, said lead researcher Dr. Alberto Espay, chair of the University of Cincinnati’s department of neurology and rehabilitation medicine.If approved, Espay...

In an Aging America, a Looming Shortage of Home Health Care Workers

26 April 2023
In an Aging America, a Looming Shortage of Home Health Care WorkersWEDNESDAY, April 26, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Over the last decade, an aging American population has increasingly turned away from nursing homes in favor of trained caregivers who can provide critical help in the home with basic daily tasks.But a new investigation warns the need for at-home care has vastly outpaced a much smaller growth in the pool of home care workers.The result: between 2013 and 2019, the number of available home care workers for every 100 patients in need has fallen by nearly 12%.The resulting caregiver gap is putting vulnerable patients in a very precarious position, the researchers said.“We know that the number of people who want to receive long-term care at home has been growing over time, which is in part because the U.S. population is getting older,”...

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