The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Don’t Count on Stimulants for Better Memory

Research shows it's a mistake to take stimulants for better memory and attention. The gains are tiny, and the drugs interfere with getting good sleep.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Should You Drink Cherry Juice for Your Brain?

According to a study, older people who drink cherry juice score better on tests of cognitive function after three months.

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Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

This week, share your thoughts and learn about skeeter syndrome, how certain common drugs affect your ability to think and statin side effects.

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Aging

Do Blueberries Help Older People with Memory?

Numerous studies show that anthocyanins in blueberries help lower systolic blood pressure and improve cognitive performance of impaired individuals.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Gets Much Stronger!

Alzheimer disease is devastating. People assume it is caused by bad genes or bad luck. There are increasing data linking anticholinergic drugs and dementia.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Brain?

You don't have to live near the Mediterranean Sea to benefit from a traditional diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruit and olive oil.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Cause Cognitive Problems

Older people are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to cognitive difficulties. Certain medications and a vegetarian diet increase the risk.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Will a Mediterranean Diet Benefit Your Brain?

To get the Mediterranean diet benefit for cognitive and cardiovascular health, stick with mostly plants, use olive oil and stay away from processed food.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss?

Whatever you call brain fog--confusion, disorientation forgetfulness or memory loss--it can be devastating. Many meds can trigger cognitive dysfunction.

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Aging

Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairment

Older adults who show signs of falling for scams may be at risk for mental deterioration over the next several years.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will Gum Disease Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

Researchers have found DNA from bacteria that cause gum disease in the brains of people with Alzheimer disease. Does infection lead to dementia?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

A type of retina scan known as optical coherence tomography angiography, or OCTA, can detect changes indicative of Alzheimer Disease before symptoms appear.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction?

The anesthetic propofol may be somewhat less likely to result in post-operative cognitive dysfunction. Speak with the anesthesiologist before your surgery.

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Aging

FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplements for Dementia

Some companies promoting products to treat Alzheimer's disease have received warning letters from the FDA: Don't sell dietary supplements for dementia!

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Aging

Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save Your Brain?

A new study offers hints that aggressive blood pressure control with a goal of 120 for systolic pressure may reduce the chance of mild cognitive impairment.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

New Blood Test for Alzheimer Disease

Scientists hope that a blood test for Alzheimer disease that measures a protein resulting from nerve cell breakdown will permit early diagnosis.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Are Leaky Blood Vessels A Culprit Behind Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is devastating. No one knows what causes dementia. New research reveals that leaky blood vessels may be a key factor. What causes this?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Reduce Your Risk of Dementia with Physical Activity

Physical activity was linked to less cognitive decline among seniors in a large study. How are you staying active?

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

Non-sugar sweeteners may not offer the expected health benefits. In fact, some research suggests that such sugar substitutes may increase inflammation.