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Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note

Music therapy is becoming more common in nursing homes and hospices, where it has been shown to improve a patient ’ s quality of life.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Music Hospice Care Alzheimer's Disease Death and Dying Elder Care Nursing Homes Hebrew Home at Riverdale Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care American Music Therapy Association Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Source Type: news

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CONCLUSIONS: There is a high prevalence of AD in patients who are shunted for a clinical diagnosis of NPH. The presenting symptoms of NPH and AD may be very similar and the significant difference in histopathology is what separates the two disease processes. There may be temporary relief with restoring cerebrospinal fluid flow but the presence of underlying neurodegenerative changes more directly correlates with long-term outcomes. There may also be a direct correlation between altered CSF dynamics in both the metabolic clearance and the development of dementia. PMID: 29444559 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences - Category: Neurosurgery Tags: J Neurosurg Sci Source Type: research
Epidemiological studies suggest that a single moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with an increased risk of neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease (AD and PD). Histopathological studies describe c...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news
Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a Baylor College of Medicine professor whose work holds promise for treating a range of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders, received an annual award for excellence in biological and biomedical sciences research from theDavid Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.The medical school ’s dean, Dr. Kelsey Martin, presented Zoghbi with the 2017Switzer Prize during a Feb. 16 ceremony. Zoghbi received a $25,000 honorarium and a statuette.“Her story is a beautiful illustration of the connection between medicine and science, and a lesson in the value of maintaining curiosity and open-mindedness,&rdq...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 16 February 2018 Source:The Lancet Neurology Author(s): Shu-Ying Liu, Daryl J Wile, Jessie Fanglu Fu, Jason Valerio, Elham Shahinfard, Siobhan McCormick, Rostom Mabrouk, Nasim Vafai, Jess McKenzie, Nicole Neilson, Alexandra Perez-Soriano, Julieta E Arena, Mariya Cherkasova, Piu Chan, Jing Zhang, Cyrus P Zabetian, Jan O Aasly, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Martin J McKeown, Michael J Adam, Thomas J Ruth, Michael Schulzer, Vesna Sossi, A Jon Stoessl Background Markers of neuroinflammation are increased in some patients with LRRK2 Parkinson's disease compared with individuals with idiopathic Parkinso...
Source: The Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
New rules for the protection of nursing home residents have been implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Many of these rules provide answers to concerns that have troubled families with loved ones living in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), generally called nursing homes. I emailed Medicare expert Ginalisa Monterroso for an update on these rules and what they mean for nursing home residents and their families. Read full article on HealthCentral about new rules to protect elders in nursinghomes that may disappear:  Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - fo...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
Publication date: Available online 16 February 2018 Source:Pharmacological Research Author(s): Harald Hampel, Andrea Vergallo, Lisi Flores Aguilar, Norbert Benda, Karl Broich, A. Claudio Cuello, Jeffrey Cummings, Bruno Dubois, Howard J. Federoff, Massimo Fiandaca, Remy Genthon, Marion Haberkamp, Eric Karran, Mark Mapstone, George Perry, Lon S. Schneider, Lindsay A. Welikovitch, Janet Woodcock, Filippo Baldacci, Simone Lista The complex multifactorial nature of polygenic Alzheimer’s disease (AD) presents significant challenges for drug development. AD pathophysiology is progressing in a non-linear dynamic fashion acr...
Source: Pharmacological Research - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
AbstractTo study human figure drawing in a group of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and compare it with a group of patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and controls. We evaluated consecutive outpatients over a one-year period. Patients were classified as affected by AD or by MCI. All patients and controls underwent a simplified version of the human-figure drawing test and MMSE. A qualitative and quantitative analysis of all human figures was obtained. 112 AD, 100 MCI patients and 104 controls were enrolled. AD patients drew human figures poor in details and globally smaller than MCI patients and controls. Human ...
Source: Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
A drug commonly used to prevent mental decline in patients with dementia reportedly reversed the effects of alcohol exposure in adolescent rats, according to a Duke University study.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
People living with Alzheimer's or dementia can be moody, distrustful, stubborn, aggressive, and mean. Lets just say they become easily Discombobulated.by Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomIt is very difficult to understand people living with Alzheimer's and dementia. It is very hard to adjust to the way they think, feel and act.One reason it is so difficlt is because they change.Meanwhile we don't change at all - do we?Change is hard to accept on any level, and the dramatic change that comes with Alzheimer's disease is even harder to accept.How to Change Patterns of Behavior in Alzheimer's and Dementia PatientsSubscribe t...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's world alzheimers Alzheimers Dementia care of alzheimers patients care of dementia patients discombobulated distrustful mean Source Type: blogs
Authors: Yang W, Chen X, Cohen DS, Rosin ER, Toga AW, Thompson PM, Huang X Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive, and often fatal, brain disease that causes neurodegeneration, resulting in memory loss as well as other cognitive and behavioral problems. Here, we propose a novel multimodal method combining independent components from MRI measures and clinical assessments to distinguish Alzheimer's patients or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subjects from healthy elderly controls. 70 AD subjects (mean age: 77.15 ± 6.2 years), 98 MCI subjects (mean age: 76.91 ± 5.7 years), and 150 HC subjects...
Source: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Int J Clin Exp Med Source Type: research
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