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How common is it for people with dementia 2 have hearing loss?What causes this?

How common is it for people with dementia 2 have hearing loss?What causes this?

Usually unrelated: Dementia by itself does not cause hearing loss. However, hearing loss can lead to some symptoms that are similar to dementia caused symtoms. ...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 ...Read more


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How common do u see young patient with stroke. Is it becoming more cpmmon in young.Also what would be most common cause?

How common do u see young patient with stroke. Is it becoming more cpmmon in young.Also what would be most common cause?

Common: I recently had a 22 yo female that developed a stroke a month after she started oral contraceptives. Young patient can develop stroke depending upon their risk factors, such as genetic predisposition, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, a combination of smoking and oral contraceptives, etc. ...Read more

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Is it typical for someone with friedreich's ataxia to have memory loss?

Is it typical for someone with friedreich's ataxia to have memory loss?

No: Friedreich's ataxia is an autosomal recessive inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system, resulting in symptoms ranging from gait disturbance to speech problems; it can also lead to heart disease and diabetes, but does not affect thinking ability. En.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/friedreich%27s_ataxia www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/friedreichs_ataxia/detail... ...Read more

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Is it possible that people with leukodystrophy suffer from hair loss?

Is it possible that people with leukodystrophy suffer from hair loss?

Not a usual feature: However, many medications can induce hair loss, and would expect many leukodystrophy patients to be treated with a variety of medications. ...Read more

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How common is it for a person with nf1 to develop tumors? I'm very upset that my daughter has it and very worried. Please help!

How common is it for a person with nf1 to develop tumors? I'm very upset that my daughter has it and very worried. Please help!

Educate yourself: Most people with NF1 lead basically normal, happy lives. There is an increased risk of a troublesome and less likely of a catastrophic tumor developing, usually in adult life, but this is something that can happen to anyone -- the NF1 tumors are just a distinctive set. It would be a mistake to treat your child differently or as someone who cannot expect a good future. Love your daughter. ...Read more

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I've heard that sundowning may happen with dementia. What is sundowning and how is it treated?

I've heard that sundowning may happen with dementia. What is sundowning and how is it treated?

The term "sundowning" refers to a state of confusion at the end of the day and into the night: Sundowning can cause a variety of behaviors, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression or ignoring directions. Sundowning can also lead to pacing or wandering. Sundowning isn't a disease, but a group of symptoms that occur at a specific time of the day that may affect people with dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease. The exact cause of this behavior is unknown. Fatigue, Low lighting, Increased shadows, Disruption of the body's "internal clock", Difficulty separating reality from dreams. Try to maintain a predictable routine for bedtime, waking, meals and activities. , Plan for activities and exposure to light during the day to encourage nighttime sleepiness. , Limit daytime napping. , Limit caffeine and sugar to morning hours. , Keep a night light on to reduce agitation that occurs when surroundings are dark or unfamiliar. , In the evening, try to reduce background noise and stimulating activities, including TV viewing, which can sometimes be upsetting. , In a strange or unfamiliar setting, bring familiar items — such as photographs — to create a more relaxed, familiar setting. , Play familiar gentle music in the evening or relaxing sounds of nature, such as the sound of waves. , Talk with your loved one's doctor if you suspect an underlying condition, such as a urinary tract infection or sleep apnea, might be worsening sundowning behavior. . Some research suggests that a low dose of melatonin — a naturally occurring hormone that induces sleepiness — alone or in combination with exposure to bright light during the day may help ease sundowning. When sundowning occurs in a care facility, it may be related to the flurry of activity during staff shift changes or the lack of structured activities in the late afternoon and evening. Staff arriving and leaving may cue some people with Alzheimer's to want to go home or to check on their children — or other behaviors that were appropriate in the late afternoon in their past. It may help to occupy their time with another activity during that period. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia a type of dementia? If not why does it cause severe memory loss, black outs during listening, forgetting basic things, names, ect?

Is schizophrenia a type of dementia? If not why does it cause severe memory loss, black outs during listening, forgetting basic things, names, ect?

Used to be thought s: Originally the disorder now called schizophrenia was called dementia praecox. Now we have a much more detailed division of mental disorders. There definately can be symptoms that are the same as those in someone with dementia. Any new diagnosis of schizophrenia requires a neurologic evaluation and brain imaging. There are many things that have overlapping sx and new sx may warrant neuro consult. ...Read more

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Is schizophrenia i disease or condition ? Is schizophrenia inherited from family members to others , what is it ? Is it true that could lead to complete mental disability if not treated on time and correctly ?

Is schizophrenia i disease or condition ? Is schizophrenia inherited from family members to others , what is it ? 
Is it true that could lead to complete mental disability  if not treated on time and correctly  ?

Well,,,,: Schizophrenia is a syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms for which there is no known cause genetics of schizophrenia can be inherited or from spontaneous mutation. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of medical disability. ...Read more

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What is a dissociative seizure? Is this related to anxiety so high it causes a seizure?? Is memory loss assiciated with this?

What is a dissociative seizure?  Is this related to anxiety so high it causes a seizure??  Is memory loss assiciated with this?

Dx of exclusion: Hi David, dissociative seizures are non-epileptic and can be caused by a number of factors (extreme anxiety being one possibility); they require careful evaluation to determine etiology and treatment. Amnesia is possible, but if the seizures are truly psychogenic, the loss is not due to nervous system damage, and should respond to appropriate treatment. Hope this is helpful. Take good care. ...Read more

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Is it possible for people with schizophrenia also have visual hallucinations?

Is it possible for people with schizophrenia also have visual hallucinations?

Yes.: Yes. Absolutely. Schizophrenics have an altered state of reality and perception. It is quite possible for them to have the postive symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, and frank psychoses. Typically these symproms respond best to medications. ...Read more

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Is it common for people losing hair to get depression?

Is it common for people losing hair to get depression?

It depends: Depression is not an automatic response for all people who lose hair, but is a loss. Response depends upon one's feelings about having hair, & how losing it affects sense of self. What does hair represent to the person, and does s/he still feel like a loveable & whole person even with less of it? Is the hair loss in the course of aging -- or cancer treatment, with fears about illness & death? ...Read more

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If schitozophrenia is a thought disorder why would it be diagnosed if most of the symptoms are cognitive, such as memory loss and, learning problems?

If schitozophrenia is a thought disorder why would it be diagnosed if most of the symptoms are cognitive, such as memory loss and, learning problems?

Ask your doctor: You should have a very accessible relationship with your psychiatrist, and it's important that you have a thorough understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why are some people born with brain aneurysms? Is it passed down from a family membe who had a rupture? Is it due to other conditions? Pls elaborate

Why are some people born with brain aneurysms? Is it passed down from a family membe who had a rupture? Is it due to other conditions? Pls elaborate

Explanation : This vascular abnormality usually random, rare it could be through the family members through different generation. Other vascular problems can be among the family tree. But this is not somebody's fault. Not contagious. ...Read more

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My depression is messing with some things. How is it typically treated?

My depression is messing with some things. How is it typically treated?

Depression: treatment option include medications (antidepressants, atypical antipsychotics & mood stabilizers), microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) /cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS),cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, exercise, healthy nutrition, acupuncture, etc. See physician/ psychiatrist for medical eval first. ...Read more

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Is olanzapine good for hallucinations in elderly ? and what other best anti-halluciants and also tell me how easily schzinophrenia is to be diagnosed?

Is olanzapine good for hallucinations in elderly ? and what other best anti-halluciants and also tell me how easily schzinophrenia is to be diagnosed?

Olanzapine: Olanzapine (http://www.drugs.com/mtm/olanzapine.html) & other antipsychotics are drug of choice for treating hallucinations & delusions of psychosis. They're also approved for use in bipolar disorder in States (but I don't know about Pakistan). However, there is a Black Box warning against use in elderly w/dementia as there's an increase risk of death. So make sure benefit greater than risk. ...Read more

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How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

Very Common: Severe Cerebral Palsy leads to problems with both urination and stooling; these are more pronounced in those who are wheelchair bound. Urinary incontinence may be a sign of urinary tract infection. Incontinence of stool can often be a sign of severe constipation where liquid/diarrhea stools are passed around a hard stool ball in the last part of the intestine. Visit your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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