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Doctor insights on: Light Therapy And Melatonin For Dementia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


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Is melatonin safe for dementia patients with afib?

Is melatonin safe for dementia patients with afib?

Prob: The question is whether we can figure out what is the cause of insomnia in a person with dementia---at times it can be caused by sleep architecture breakdown from the illness itself; at times from poor sleep hygiene; at times from meds or alcohol; at times from a sleep disorder such as apnea; can be from depression;; so important to first try to get to the cause... ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe for dementia patients? No bad effects for dementia patients?

Is melatonin safe for dementia patients? No bad effects for dementia patients?

Yes: Latest published studies showed that alzheimer's patients lack melatomin related metabolism in the body resulting sundowning effect. With the introduction of taking melatonin at bedtime reduces the severity of sundowning and sleeping related behavioral issues but does not completely resolve... ...Read more

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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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Benefit from an art therapy group for people with dementia/alzheimers?

Yes : An art therapy group can provide opportunity for socialization and expression of thoughts and feelings. In addition, art work is also a very good way for me as a clinician to monitor my client's level of functioning in planning and organizing information. I get very positive results in my practice using sand tray with my elderly clients as well. ...Read more

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What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

What specifc therapy can be given to multi infarct stroke dementia patient, 67, to improve cognitive functions and part memory loss. Also need tips for the caregiver to understand the patients needs?

Support groups: A support group for caregivers of dementia patients or alzheimer's patients can be very helpful. There you can find out from others what their troubles have been and what they have tried. The alzheimer's association or the alzheimer's foundation of america have good online websites with information that often applies to all types of dementia including multiinfarct or vascular dementia. ...Read more

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Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient physical therapy if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Can a md. Deny medicare-paid hospice end-stage dementia patient  physical therapy  if patient's family requests it to maintain movement with new law?

Hmmm . . . : Could there maybe be a disagreement between this physician and your family about what's in the patient's best interests? This is a deep discussion that involves much thought and consideration, and which deserves scheduled time with your relative's doctor to go over treatment plans, prognosis, etc. Maybe such a discussion can resolve these issues? Doctors want to help, not hurt or harm. ...Read more

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For what reason wouldn't led light therapy work for blackheads?

For what reason wouldn't led light therapy work for blackheads?

No power: The available devices do not produce enough power to do any of the current claims for the skin that are currently being marketed. Rely on time-tested strategies for reducing blackheads. Gentle oil-reducing washes and mild benzoyl peroxide products for skin care. ...Read more

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Any need for buying the expensive ($100+) light therapy lamps?

Any need for buying the expensive ($100+) light therapy lamps?

Possibly: If you have been diagnosed with sad, seasonal affective disorder, then light therapy can be very helpful in alleviating the problem. I don't know the price difference between the lamps truthfully. However, make sure there is an actual diagnosis, and you can discuss the light requirement in the lights you buy, and the intensity. That might guide the price. ...Read more

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What is intense pulsed light therapy (ipl)?

What is intense pulsed light therapy (ipl)?

Photorejuvenation: Ipl is a filtered light device that is effective in removing brown spots and blood vessels, good for treating sun damaged, acne and rosacea skin. With properly filtered wavelength, and used in conjunction with a medication, this can also be used medically to treat precancerous and selected skin cancers. Ipl is not for everyone. See your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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How can light therapy help my depression in summer?

How can light therapy help my depression in summer?

Improved mood: Exposure to light therapy for various amounts of time has been shown to improve mood. To determine whether there is benefit for you, try to observe patterns in your mood. If your episodes are related to cloudy and rainy days, light therapy may be beneficial. Exercise that raises your heart rate, gets you moving and breathing deeply will also help lift your mood. ...Read more

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Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Does light therapy work for seasonal affective disorder?

Yes, but ...: While in recent years the blue light wavelengths were thought to be most effective, recent research shows that they may also speed the development of macular degeneration, a potentially eyesight-threatening disease. Do your research and ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Do light therapy boxes work for people with insomnia? are there any side effects?

Do light therapy boxes work for people with insomnia? are there any side effects?

Light therapy: Light therapy has been used to treat: Jet lag, transitions to night work schedules, shift work related sleep disturbances, Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS), non-24-hour sleep-wake syndrome & age-related sleep maintenance insomnia. For risks of light therapy see: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/light-therapy/details/risks/cmc-20197423 ...Read more

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What to do if I am a 16yr old, and i went to uv light therapy couple days ago and it burned my skin?

What to do if I am a 16yr old, and i went to uv light therapy couple days ago and it burned my skin?

Dermatologist: Your dermatologist or the licensed physician specialist who provided the UV therapy should know about this. There are over-the-counter skin soothing agents available. But you should discuss this with the doctor who provided the therapy. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medication for severe psoriasis to stop/relieve itching? Currently undergoing light therapy, condition worsening

What is the best over-the-counter medication for severe psoriasis to stop/relieve itching? Currently undergoing light therapy, condition worsening

There is none.: If your psoriasis does not respond to light therapy, it is time to consider starting tnf agents. These almost always are dramatically effective. Discuss this with your dermatologist. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Light Therapy (Definition)

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