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Our armed service men and women and their families understand that they risk a lot in order to protect our nation. However, I bet that one thing they didn’t take into account is that, if they are exposed to a traumatic brain injury thanks to an improvised explosive, they could be faced with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and potential dementia. This is the same degenerative brain disease that some retired football players who have experienced numerous concussions are battling.
The Washington Post reported on a very small study that found four young military veterans’ brains, upon autopsy, displayed the earliest signs of CTE. These veterans were between the ages of 22 and 45 and lived for at least one year after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) during their service. These four veterans complained of several issues, including memory, irritability and difficulty sleeping, prior to their deaths.
In doing the autopsy, scientists found that these brains’ ha...
The FDA recently announced increased safety warnings for those taking cholesterol lowering drugs , saying that they can cause memory loss, confusion and an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes . Diabetes increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease . The new warnings are based on results from the latest clinical trials, plus adverse effects reported by patients, physicians and the drug companies.
Many of our aging parents are on a statin drug to control cholesterol . Keeping low density cholesterol (LDL) under control is thought to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are generally effective in lowering cholesterol.
It was first thought that the main risk for those who took statins was liver damage, so blood work was needed on a regular basis to check for liver problems. Now, that seems to be less of a worry. However, these new warnings are a big concern for people keeping an eye on a loved one at risk for dementia.
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When an adult starts to display cognitive issues, it’s easy to jump to conclusions and think, “It must be dementia!” And yes, sometimes the person is developing a type of dementia. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, memory loss can actually result from one of the most basic bodily functions – sleep (or the lack thereof).
It turns out that a new study suggests that sleep can have a major effect on the brain’s ability to function. This study involved 2,822 men who, on average, were 76 years of age. The researchers followed these participants for about three years in order to gauge their sleep and brain function.
Researchers used an actigraph device that was placed on each participant’s wrist in order to record wrist and body movements that were then used to identify sleep issues. In this particular study, the devices measured a variety of indicators, including total sleep time and sleep efficiency. This data was collected over five ni...
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