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Is Severe Itching Worse Than Chronic Pain?

Everyone knows how hard it is to live with chronic pain, but neuropathic itching can be a special kind of torture, one with few treatment options.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Midlife Memory Loss in Women

Some studies report that as many as 60 percent of women notice memory problems at midlife. Here’s what may be behind it, and what to do about it.

By HealthAfter50

What Is Dementia? What Doctors Check For

The first step in diagnosis is a thorough medical history and physical exam. That might seem unnecessary, but other conditions can have a an effect on memory.

By HealthAfter50

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H. highlights 10 changes in mental functioning that may signal Alzheimer's disease, such as difficulty completing tasks and confusion with place and time.

By Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.

To Keep Your Mind Sharp, Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Increasing evidence points to the importance of good-quality sleep in preserving your memory and cognitive abilities.

By HealthAfter50

3 Surprising Ways You Can Lose Your Memory

Taking certain medications, ignoring medical conditions like depression, or not getting enough vitamin B12 can each contribute to memory loss.

By HealthAfter50

What Is Alzheimer's Disease?

Named for the German physician who first identified it in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of cases.

By HealthAfter50

How to Get a Healthcare Proxy

This important document allows you to make health decisions on a loved one’s behalf if necessary.

By HealthAfter50

Worried About Memory Lapses?

According to scientists at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, being aware of your inability to remember an event—called episodic memory—is a sign that your cognitive function is likely intact.

By HealthAfter50

The Hidden Danger of a Sudden, Severe Headache

Emergency room doctors treat more headaches than you might expect: It’s one of the top five reasons for an ER visit.

By HealthAfter50