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Are there alternative therapies for dementia with Lewy bodies?

Are there alternative therapies for dementia with Lewy bodies?

Not easily managable: It has to be treated pharmacologically. Without it, this individual may be danger to self. The treatment has to be individualize to prevent further symptoms and progression of disease. There are no good data that alternative therapies like vitamins and herbal that have shown to be effective. The only thing i could think of would be enviromental modification and maintain socialization + stimulation. ...Read more

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Lewy Bodies (Definition)

That are seen inside some brain cell's nucleus. Lewy bodies were described by dr lewy and named after him. You need a microscope to see them. They are found in the brain cells of those with {arkinson's disease and lewy body dementia. They can also be found in other diseases also, ...Read more


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What are some non-medical treatments for parkinson disease dementia, coping mechanism?

What are some non-medical treatments for parkinson disease dementia, coping mechanism?

Sort Of: At this time there are no medications specifically indicated for parkinson's dementia. I have used the current medications that are used for alzheimer's dementia as these are available. Coping mechanisms are the same for all dementia. Treat the brain as though it is a muscle and keep it exercised regularly. Stimulation like reading, playing cards, puzzles, and games. Also, physical exercise. ...Read more

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Are there medications used to treat Lewy body dementia?

Are there medications used to treat Lewy body dementia?

Yes, brief details:: Dopamine meds for physical parkinsonism: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together). Tailor rx watching for side effects. Avoid Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro)--too side effect prone for lewy body patients. For dementia: namenda, paired with Exelon patch or aricept. For psychosis: seroquel or even clozaril. For excess sleepiness: nuvigil. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment or cure for Lewy body dementia?

Is there any treatment or cure for Lewy body dementia?

Symptomatic therapy: Just like many other causes of primary dementias, there is no definitive therapy or cure. However, some medications like donepezil and rivastigmine can help with the memory loss by slowing down the rate of progression of symptoms and allowing patients to maintain certain level of cognitive function for a longer period of time. They also help with some of the behavioral features. ...Read more

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Are there alternative therapies for child with diabetes?

Are there alternative therapies for child with diabetes?

Alternative?: By that do you mean, choices other than what she is on now, or alternative medicine such as acupuncture? If the first, it depends on whether she has type 1 or 2. Type 1 has to take insulin, but there are various ways to take it. If type 2, there are several drugs available. If you meant the second, then, no. Diet, exercise, weight maintenance - those are essential. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative medicines for kids with periventricular leukomalacia?

Are there good alternative medicines for kids with periventricular leukomalacia?

No: Periventricular leukomalacia is a condition where brain tissue has been lost in so-called "water-shed" areas. Since the tissue is gone, there is no treatment per se, although one may need to treat associated disorders, such as muscle stiffness or dysfunction, with medical or non-medical therapies. ...Read more

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Are there any drugs specifically for vascular dementia patients?

Not specifically.: The best medicine would be to treat the vascular problem as aggressively as possible. So high blood pressure should be well controlled, etc. ...Read more

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Are there good alternative therapies for childhood brain tumors?

Are there good alternative therapies for childhood brain tumors?

There Are None: There are a number of different types of tumors, requiring different therapies or combinations of therapies. They include surgery, radiation and chemotherapeutic regimes. Some grow so slowly, they are simply watched over time. And some unfortunately are incurable. If you need more specifics, you need to consult your doctor.Alternative therapies, such as holisti, chiropractic do not cure at all. ...Read more

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Are there any natural/drug free treatments for dementia?

No: Please don't forget arsenic is natural thus natural does not equal safe not effective. There are studies or interest with fish-oil, tumeric, Co-Q-10, and mediterrainian diet but no results yet. Keeping the brain active and exercise also may offer some protective benefit. ...Read more

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Are there any effective alternative medications for alzheimer's disease?

Are there any effective alternative medications for alzheimer's disease?

Unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. There are no medications-scientific or alternative-that have been shown to modify the course of the illness. Many symptoms of the disease can be helped with behavioral interventions, prescription medications and ossibly with alternative medications but it is important to know the pharmacology of alternative medications before using them. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Are there any natural treatment therapies used for bipolar disorder?

Fish oil: There is some research on high dose fish oil for treatment of bipolar disorder. There are also natural products with a proprietary formulation of a vitamins and minerals. Here's a useful article on web md reviewing supplements: http://www.Webmd.Com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-supplements recommend: get definitive control with conventional meds first, then investigate natural. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Yes: There are many therapies. You simply need to meet with your neurologist to figure out the best regimen to control the symptoms and have an excellent quality of life. ...Read more

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Are there any good natural or alternative therapies that help supplement medications given for ADHD inattentive type?

Are there any good natural or alternative therapies that help supplement medications given for ADHD inattentive type?

Yes: There are several promising studies using zinc, magnesium, vit b6 amino acids, phosphatidylserine and neurofeedback.There are also numerous studies proving the efficacy and safety of medications (if used properly by a knowledgeable physician) behavioral intervention and parent skill training, although time consuming is efficacious and for the most part free of side effects.Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Are there symptoms other than having memory loss with regards to alzheimer's?

Are there symptoms other than having memory loss with regards to alzheimer's?

Yes: Memory loss is the most common symptom of alzheimer's. However, alzheimer's dementia refers to a global decline in cognitive abilities. Problems with reasoning and the completion of tasks is common as are difficulties with judgement. As alzheimer's gets worse, depression, delusions, and hallucinations occur that lead to combative behaviour. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines that restore homeostasis to a person with Alzheimer's?

Are there any medicines that restore homeostasis to a person with Alzheimer's?

I am not: sure what you mean by "homeostasis" in the context of Alzheimer's Ask question again DEFINING your terms. Dr Z ...Read more

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Are there any better alternatives than donepezil to treat alzheimer's?

Maybe: "better alternatives" is in the eye of the beholder. Currently, drugs approved to treat alzheimer's disease only slow down progression but don't necessarily restore memory & cognitive function. Donepezil, galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide) & rivastigmine are cholinesterase inhibitors while Namenda is an nmda receptor antagonist. In truth, no study has demonstrated that any drug is better than the rest. ...Read more

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What substances & therapies are most beneficial for adults with aspergers?

What substances & therapies are most beneficial for adults with aspergers?

Behavior modificatio: It depends upon what behaviors/symptoms one is trying to alter. Usually behavior therapies and cognitive behavior therapies work well. Depending on symptoms, some medications are helpful. ...Read more

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Dementia (Definition)

A brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease(AD), which initially involves the parts of the brain that control ...Read more