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2011-09-27 09:58:00

CLEVELAND, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Partner and lead counsel Ryan Fisher of Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA obtained a $2.3 million settlement for an elderly couple that was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Huron County. In June 2010, a 71-year-old man and his 73-year-old wife were traveling in a three-wheeled Harley-Davidson® motorcycle along a rural road in Huron County in the early afternoon. While passing through an intersection, a...

2011-09-21 14:40:17

Humor therapy is as effective as widely used antipsychotic drugs in managing agitation in patients with dementia — and avoids serious drug side effects, a new study to be presented this week at the National Dementia Research Forum shows. The first major study of the impact of humor therapy on mood, agitation, behavioral disturbances and social engagement in dementia patients found both short term and persisting decrease in agitation, according to lead researcher, Dr Lee-Fay Low, a...

Diabetes Increases Risk Of Developing Alzheimer's
2011-09-21 05:22:09

  Japanese researchers have found that diabetes dramatically increases a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia. The researchers found that people with diabetes were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease within 15 years.  The study included over 1,000 participants over the age of 60. Dr Yutaka Kiyohara from the Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, who carried out the research, said in a statement: "Our findings emphasize the need...

2011-09-19 08:14:16

Researchers whose findings on the detrimental impact of some common medicines on elderly people were widely reported earlier in the summer have found that taking a few of these medicines does not appear to cause further cognitive impairment in those already suffering from dementia. In a paper published Sept. 18 by the journal Age and Ageing, Dr Chris Fox of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and colleagues from a number of other universities and the NHS describe how they studied a...

2011-09-07 20:19:42

Any exercise that gets the heart pumping may reduce the risk of dementia and slow the condition's progression once it starts, reported a Mayo Clinic study published this month in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Researchers examined the role of aerobic exercise in preserving cognitive abilities and concluded that it should not be overlooked as an important therapy against dementia. The researchers broadly defined exercise as enough aerobic physical activity to raise the heart rate and increase the...

2011-08-29 20:37:33

Death following severe traumatic brain injury is associated with a highly variable incidence of withdrawal of life support at the end of life, finds a new study in CMAJ. Rates of withdrawal of life support vary between hospitals, and caution should be used in making this decision, states the study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/site/embargo/cmaj101786.pdf. For patients under 45 years of age, traumatic brain injury is a leading...

2011-08-08 08:15:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The head of the nation's largest veterans service organization says he is "greatly concerned" about the widespread use of an apparently ineffective medication by VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) doctors treating patients with post traumatic stress (PTS). "It is alarming," said Jimmie L. Foster, national commander of The American Legion, "that fully 20 percent of the nearly 87,000 veterans VA physicians treated for PTS last year were...

2011-08-01 16:06:00

Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia. "Family caregivers often become the surrogate decision makers of relatives who have dementia, so the two groups...

2011-07-27 13:00:00

KIRKLAND, Wash., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study published in the peer-reviewed national medical journal, Neurology, found that common drugs used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) provide only modest health gains and come at a very high cost in the United States. Local Evergreen Healthcare neurologist Dr. Lahar Mehta co-authored the study, which was based on research led by Dr. Katia Noyes of the University of Rochester in New York. The study, "Cost-effectiveness of...

2011-07-22 06:47:19

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The disorder is more common in women than men and is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can occur at any age. MS is caused by nerve damage as a result of inflammation. Inflammation occurs with the body's immune cells attack the nervous system. MS is the most common neurological disability found in young adults. This disease causes muscle weakness, numbness or tingling...