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Rapidly progressive dementia, prognosis in elderly, 83?

Rapidly progressive dementia, prognosis in elderly, 83?

Undetermined: Dementia is a progressive disease. At this point in time medication can only slow it down, not stop it. If you are asking if the dementia will continue, it probably will at the same rate. ...Read more

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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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


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Is cognistar 60 injection helpful in alzeimers /stress dementia?

Is cognistar 60 injection helpful in alzeimers /stress dementia?

I have never Used it: But to my knowledge there are not enough studies to indicate it's effectiveness. ...Read more

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Gait freezingafter deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease any suggestions?

Gait freezingafter deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease any suggestions?

Complex Issue: Gait is a very complex neurological function that relies on many systems functioning together. I would recommend that you see a specialist in dbs programming to help you maximize function. ...Read more

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Is there any programs aimed at elders to rehabilitate dementia, Alzheimer's etc?

Is there any programs aimed at elders to rehabilitate dementia, Alzheimer's etc?

Few: There are some programs that claim that they can improve cognitive function of persons with dementia but they have not been proven to be effective. ...Read more

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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more

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Donepezil effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Donepezil  effectiveness for vascular and Lewy body dementia?

Helpful in LBD: I routinely use donepezil effectively in my lewy body disease patients. Although only 40-50% of them actually have cognitive improvements in the here & now, but we suspect it slows the progression of cognitive deterioration anecdotally. Can't comment on personal experience with vascular dementia. ...Read more

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What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?

What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness?  Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon?  Xrays best?

See below: Harrington rods surgically implanted usually for severe scoliosis. This is a major surgery and is usually determined by an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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Passive rom exercise with cerebral palsy?

Passive rom exercise with cerebral palsy?

Yes: If you have stiffness or restricted rang of motion passive range of motion and stretching should help ...Read more

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Does Azilect (rasagiline) help to improve speech in Parkinson’s patients?

In theory, it should: Theoretically, Azilect (rasagiline) (an MAO-B inhibitor) should help with many of the symptoms of Parkinson's for a certain period of time. However, as with all treatments for this disease, they are notoriously unpredictable. I've attached an article which I hope might help. Good luck! http://www.reprintsdesk.com/landing/hf.aspx?h=523154&hr=716110317&a=1&u=0&r=826399194 ...Read more

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Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Aricept (donepezil hcl) useful for dementia Lewy body?

Seems to be: As it increases acetylcholine in the brain and that can improve attention deficits and cognitive fluctuations. ...Read more

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Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Does physical therapy help degenerative disc disease?

Could look vey real: Physical therapy helps to strengthen the supporting joint muscles which it will lead to better joint support. In addition, exercise and healthy diet will help to lower body weight which it will help to decrease weight demand on the joints. ...Read more

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Would acupuncture help for progressive bulbar palsy?

Would acupuncture help for progressive bulbar palsy?

Unlikely: Acupuncture may be useful for pain, however, and could be used as palliation, but will have no effect whatsoever on progressive bulbar palsy, a variation of classical motor neuron disease. ...Read more

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How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

The very small : Amount of literature out there is between absolutely no effect and ambivalent when compared to sham air. So, there is no proof it works. I am all for anything that might help, but too many people spend the little bit of life savings they have on these therapies with false guarantees and I do not think that it appropriate. Hbot is good for many things, CP and autism are not them. ...Read more

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Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Is physical therapy possible with degenerative disc disease and sciatica injury?

Yes It is possible: Injections will give you pain relief early, but PT can be just as helpful but will take time to get relief. There is new research coming out that when you are in a lot of pain, you're body actually stops you from performing exercises so that you may not benefit from PT initially. So we believe that if you at least improve your pain first, you can then proceed with the exercise therapy programs. ...Read more

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Could anti-depressant medications help an alzheimer's dementia patient feel better?

Could anti-depressant medications help an alzheimer's dementia patient feel better?

Alzheimer's: University of Pennsylvania and Washington University Medical School found that the antidepressant citalopram lowered the production of beta amyloid proteins in both mice and in healthy humans. Results were published in the Science Translational Medicine journal.. While the results of the study are certainly promising there is more work to be done before the antidepressant will be prescribed for Alzheimer’s prevention. ...Read more

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Are there any non standard or special new treatments for multi infarct stroke dementia patient with loss of memory, cognitive functions?

Are there any non standard or special new treatments for multi infarct stroke dementia patient with loss of memory, cognitive functions?

No: At the present time, there is no new or novel treatment in patients who already had a stroke. There is only prevention of future strokes. ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more


Dr. Dennis Giannini
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

Physiotherapy programs, or physical therapy, work to improve movement capacity in those recovering ...Read more