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How can I find dementia research in plain language?

How can I find dementia research in plain language?

Try here (PubMed): This site is part of the nih and very accessible and easy to read. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001748/. ...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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How does memory impairment affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language?

How does memory impairment affect the ability of an individual with dementia to use verbal language?

Many ways: Comprehension of verbal language requires that the left temporal language areas are intact. Declarative memory that is not autobiographical or emotional charged requires an intact left temporal lobe (hippocampus and related structures. Language output requires intact left frontal lobe structures. Some memory systems are heavily invested in frontal lone circuitry. I could go on with more space ...Read more

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How does memory impairment affect the ability of an elder dementia patient to use verbal language?

How does memory impairment affect the ability of an elder dementia patient to use verbal language?

Not great: The verbal langauage declines as the dementia progresses. Any new verbal and non-verbal language will not process into the brain for learning purpose and carrying out function. So stick with the simple and familiar verbal langauage for now. There is an interested concept of conservation for dementia individuals called "landmark" or "elderspeak". ...Read more

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Are there any goals in dementia research for the future?

Are there any goals in dementia research for the future?

Cure: One of the main goals in addition to alleviating the dementia symptoms is to find a cure. Early research with rates has been very exciting in decreasing ti number of amyloid plaques. ...Read more

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What to do if I am doing research on aids and I have not really found any information about aids dementia. could someone please help me?

What to do if I am doing research on aids and I have not really found any information about aids dementia. could someone please help me?

Look here!: Here are two links for more information on HIV Dementia. Basic Info: http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/staying-healthy-with-hiv-aids/potential-related-health-problems/dementia/ More complex information: http://www.retrovirology.com/content/3/1/28 ...Read more

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Is Bupropion anticholinergic or not? Research links those to possible risk of dementia. Mixed information about the classification though. Thanks.

Is Bupropion anticholinergic or not? Research links those to possible risk of dementia. Mixed information about the classification though. Thanks.

Not to my knowledge: or my research into it. The molecule actually resembles a number of the body's own neurotransmitters (epinephrine and norepinephrine) as well as several other drug classes called sympathomimetics (amphetamines, sufafed etc). It is not listed as having any anticholinergic activity. However, amphetamines and cocaine both can cause dopamine depletion and have been associated with parkinsonism. ...Read more

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What causes dementia?

What causes dementia?

Many factors: such as inherited predisposition as in Alzheimer's Dementia , Vascular Dementia is caused by hardening of the arteries with decreased blood flow to the brain causing microvascular changes as in strokes, repeated blows to the brain as in those incurred in sports, boxing, football . Accidents causing concussions or traumatic brain injuries like explosions in war. Diseases like Parkinson's Disease ...Read more

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Can dementia be cured?

Unfortunately, no.: Dementia is a progressive disease. Even available treatments only slow progression or tame symptoms. They do not provide a cure. ...Read more

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Is dementia hereditary?

Is dementia hereditary?

Yes and no: If there is an illness that runs in your family you should speak to your doctor about it. There are many many types of dementia. Some of them are genetically passed on while others aren't. The most common type of dementia is alzheimers disease and there are 2 forms. The early onset form is highly heritable. Alcoholic dementia is not inherited though a propensity for alcohol dependence can be. ...Read more

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How common is dementia?

Common: Dementia is fairly common and the biggest risk factor is age. More than 1 out of 100 people aged 65 or less have dementia. Roughly 5 out of 100 of those aged 70, 10 of 100 aged 75, 25 of 100 aged 80 and roughly 45-50 out of 100 of those 85 years old and older have dementia. ...Read more

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Can you inherit dementia?

Some kinds.: Some types of dementia like alzheimer's disease with early onset at ages 40 to 60 have a large genetic component while other types of dementia like alcohol induced do not. ...Read more

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How is dementia diagnosed?

Clinically: Usually a clinical diagnosis, no blood work and no imaging test. ...Read more

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Can a cold affect dementia?

Sort of: When someone with dementia has an acute illness it taxes what cognitive reserves they have. So a cold will not change the course of the illness or the brain cell death involved but may worsen cognition or behavior problems . ...Read more

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Why do people get dementia?

Why do people get dementia?

Dementia: Too wide to describe here, but u can google the word & get full description of causes of cognitive deficits. Summary is that there are either genetic such as fragile x syndrome, fixed such as brain injury, slowly progressive such as infection, a feature of other conditions such as parkinson's disease, or rapidly progressive dementias such as organ failure. ...Read more

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What are signs of dementia?

See below: Dementia has gradual onset: forgetfulness will increase with time; disorientation to time and place;judgement, decision making, will be affected in the later stages; later loss of communication skills. Patients need to be evaluated for dementia by looking at various domains by a professional. In the elderly, sometimes depression might be confused for dementia, therefore a thorough exam is needed ...Read more

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Which dementias are inherited?

Which dementias are inherited?

Every illness we: Humans can get is at least partly related to our genetics, so all of them. But that is not the same as inherited eye color. It's much more complicated. So if a parent has dementia, do not assume you will inherit it. ...Read more

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What symptoms suggest dementia?

What symptoms suggest dementia?

See below: This is classical 10 warning signs and symptoms from web site of alzheimer association. http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_know_the_10_signs.asp once you identify signs and symptoms, then please contact your primary care physician, geriatrician, neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dementia ?

Memory problems: Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dementia?

What are the causes of dementia?

Many causes: Some are heredity like huntingtons, early alzheimers, some are vascular with same risk as heart disease, others are due to infection (menigitits) or trauma (ie multiple head trauma), some related to auto immune disease. Clearly too many types to worry about. Eat healthy and exercise, get regular check-up and enjoy your brain now. ...Read more

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How to know you may have dementia?

May be challenging: We do accept that subjective cognitive impairment may be a valid complaint of an impending dementia. But many medications can cause cognitive clouding, especially in older folks, and thyroid problems, vitamin deficiency, and elevated homocysteine could be issue. Small strokes and early onset of alzheimers perhaps. Neuropsych testing is best approach, but start with your doc. ...Read more

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