A new study further supports an inescapable message: caregivers have a profound influence -- good or bad -- on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been neglected by staff at a nursing home, but those actions can have a lasting impact on how they feel.
Nancy Cope's insight:
I always thought that this was the case, especially when for years, doctors discussed my mother's illness in front of her as if she didn't exist. This occurred over and over again, when she was first diagnosed with dementia and after a stroke in 2007. They often ignored my requests to review distressing aspects of her case in private. "Oh no! What for? It doesn't matter to her!" was the typical response. That also goes for the time I mistakenly told our accountant of my mother's condition when we were first aware of it. During our tax meeting with us, he completely ignored her and spoke only to me. My mother felt demoralized and hurt. I'm really happy that this study came out to show that feelings are still there for people even in advanced stages of dementia.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a debilitating psychiatric illness affecting approximately 4% to 12% of the population. Characterized by persistent problems with distractibility, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity, ADHD has a significant effect on day-to-day functioning and quality of life. Unfortunately, ADHD often goes unrecognized. Patients may hesitate to disclose their symptoms, and physicians unfamiliar with this disorder may confuse its manifestations with other psychiatric illnesses. Common comorbidities can further cloud the diagnosis. This course will cover the epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, pathophysiology, and differential diagnosis of ADHD. It will review the first-line treatments, recommended duration of therapy, and options for patients who do not respond to initial therapy. Finally, it will address the roles of other therapeutic options, such as behavioral therapy.
Nancy Cope's insight:
This is a good source for information on treatment, recommendations for therapy duration, and options for patients who do not respond to initial therapy.
The long-lasting symptoms that many patients contend with following mild traumatic brain injury, also known as concussion, may be posttraumatic disorder and not postconcussion syndrome. Concussion accounts for more than 90 percent of all TBIs, although little is known about prognosis for the injury.
Higher levels of stress, hostility and depressive symptoms are associated with significantly increased risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) in middle-age and older adults, according to new research. A TIA is a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.
Researchers have conducted the first-ever analysis of clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease, revealing an urgent need to increase the number of agents entering the AD drug development pipeline and progressing successfully towards new therapy treatments.
Researchers discover that while repetition enhances the factual content of memories, it also reduces the amount of details stored.
Nancy Cope's insight:
I think that boredom plays in hindering a learning experience. After all, the study indicates that learning is improved when utilizing a variety of memory techniques. The latter strategy would certainly prove more interesting and thereby sharpen attention when compared to relying on pure repetition, a technique that the study found limits learning.
Amanda became the face of pediatric palliative care locally after her story and that of the healthcare professionals caring for her and her family was published in the Democrat and Chronicle in December.
Almost 40 per cent of Ontario female prisoners have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), a study has shown. Unlike the men participating in the study, half of these women sustained a TBI before committing their first crime. Typically caused by a blow to the head, TBI is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. TBI is commonly caused by falls, motor vehicle collisions, physical assault or sports injuries.
Nancy Cope's insight:
This is an amazing statistic, also interesting because it differs from comparable men who sustained TBI.
Up to 70% of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients experience sleep problems that negatively impact their quality of life. Some patients have disturbed sleep/wake patterns such as difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, while other patients may be subject to sudden and involuntary daytime sleep “attacks.” A new article discusses the underlying causes of sleep problems in PD, as well as medications, disease pathology, and comorbidities, and describes the most appropriate diagnostic tools and treatment options.
How to achieve peak performance when it comes time to focus...In other words, our brains don’t enable multi-tasking in the conventional sense; they actively discourage it. The paradox, of course, is that the brain is multi-tasking internally precisely so that, outwardly, we can concentrate on one thing at a time
Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study. Thirty-five per cent of adults with dyslexia report they were physically abused before they turned 18. In contrast, seven per cent of those without dyslexia reported that they had experienced childhood physical abuse.
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