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Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live Longer

Better Health Care Access Is Helping People With Down Syndrome Live LongerTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Americans with Down syndrome have a critical lifeline in Medicaid insurance, new research confirms.But the publicly funded insurance program will have to respond to rising numbers of older adults with Down syndrome, researchers say.“As more people with Down syndrome survive to older ages, the Medicaid system needs to be ready to serve this population with tailored, sensitive, and comprehensive care,” study co-author Eric Rubenstein, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, said in a school news release.The study authors noted that life expectancy has increased substantially for people in the United States who have Down syndrome, from a median age of 4 years old in the 1950s to 57 years old in...

Extra Antibiotic With Hip, Knee Replacement Won't...

19 October 2023
Extra Antibiotic With Hip, Knee Replacement Won`t Prevent Infections: StudyTHURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of people undergo joint replacement surgery every year. To prevent infection, doctors often give them a second antibiotic -- but new research suggests this can backfire.Adding a second antibiotic at the time of hip and knee replacement surgery may actually increase infections, researchers in Australia found.“Given the number of joint replacements performed in Australia and globally, our trial has answered the important about whether more antibiotics are better for our patients having joint replacement surgery: with the definitive answer being 'no,'" said study lead Trisha Peel, a professor of infectious diseases at Monash University's Central Clinical School."This trial will have a significant impact on practice,” Peel said in a...

Dementia Diagnosis Takes Huge Toll on a Family's Finances

18 October 2023
Dementia Diagnosis Takes Huge Toll on a Family`s FinancesWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia can take a big bite out of an American's bank account, robbing 60% of a patient's net worth in the eight years after a diagnosis, a new study says.The average dementia patient will also see a doubling of out-of-pocket health care expenses in those first eight years, said researchers who studied thousands of seniors with and without the brain disorder.“We found a profound diverge in the financial status between two [patient] scenarios: one with dementia onset and one without the onset,” said study lead author HwaJung Choi. She’s a research associate professor with the University of Michigan's School of Medicine and School of Public Health.“The magnitude and timing of the divergence are indeed surprising to us,” added Choi,...

Blood Pressure's Ups & Downs Could Harm Heart, Brain

18 October 2023
Blood Pressure`s Ups & Downs Could Harm Heart, BrainWEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Fluctuating blood pressure can be a harbinger for both dementia and heart disease, a new study finds.Ups and downs within 24 hours or even over several days or weeks were linked with impaired thinking, researchers from Australia reported.Higher variations in systolic blood pressure, the top number, were linked with stiffening of the arteries, which is associated with heart disease.“Clinical treatments focus on hypertension, while ignoring the variability of blood pressure,” said lead author Daria Gutteridge, a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia's Cognitive Aging and Impairment Neuroscience Laboratory.“Blood pressure can fluctuate across different time frames -- short and long -- and this appears to heighten the risk of...

Adults With ADHD May Face Higher Dementia Risk

17 October 2023
Adults With ADHD May Face Higher Dementia RiskTUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nearly three times more likely to develop dementia than other adults, a new study suggests.The results also indicate that treatment with ADHD medication may help reduce their dementia risk. No clear uptick in dementia risk was found among ADHD patients who received psychostimulant medication."More than 3% of the adult U.S. population has ADHD, and most go undiagnosed," said senior researcher Abraham Reichenberg, a professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City."There is limited research on this group, and it is important to determine if this group is at higher risk for dementia and if medications and/or lifestyle changes can affect risk,...

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