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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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Sven van der Lee is a medical doctor and postdoctoral researcher at the Alzheimer Center, VU University Medical Center (Amsterdam, Netherlands). He earned his MD at Leiden University Medical Center (Leiden, Netherlands), is trained as a genetic epidemiologist, and obtained his PhD at Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam, Netherlands). In his research he identified, in large scale collaborative analyses, multiple genetic and metabolic factors that influence the risk of Alzheimer's disease. He is particularly interested in the translation of findings from basic science to clinically useful markers of dementia.
Source: Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: In Context Source Type: research
Risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease reflect the combined effects of age, genetic variants, and social and behavioural determinants.1 In The Lancet Neurology, Sven van der Lee and colleagues2 use data from the Rotterdam Study to address the important task of predicting whether an individual is likely to develop Alzheimer's disease or dementia in his or her lifetime. In this cohort, a genetic risk score (GRS) of 23 genetic variants modified the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease or dementia above and beyond the effect of the gene for apolipoprotein E (APOE).
Source: Lancet Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Comment Source Type: research
Conclusions: Patients with bvFTD require a high intensity of emotional stimulus and are significantly hyporesponsive to low-intensity stimuli. Simple screening or observations of verbal and facial responsiveness to mildly arousing stimuli may aid in differentiating bvFTD from normal subjects and patients with other dementias. Future studies can investigate whether delivering information with high emotional intensity can facilitate communication with patients with bvFTD. PMID: 29686739 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Behavioural Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Behav Neurol Source Type: research
We present “Attic” programs at six facilities each month which engage ninety seniors. David and Lynda will be presenting about their outreach services in a webinar on Friday, April 27th, Grab and Go: Expanding and Strengthening Senior Programming  
Source: The Cornflower - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: Public Libraries Public Libraries Spotlight alzheimer's library programs libs4health Senior Health Outreach St. Charles Public Library Source Type: news
Dr Vega discusses a study exploring a possible link between Alzheimer dementia and daytime sleepiness.Medscape Internal Medicine
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news
Dr Vega discusses a study exploring a possible link between Alzheimer dementia and daytime sleepiness.
Source: Medscape Medscape Podcast - Category: General Medicine Authors: Source Type: podcasts
The first population study of sense of smell and cognitive performance by age suggests that testing sense of smell could be a marker for cognitive decline.
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alzheimer's / Dementia Source Type: news
Hydrogen-rich water improves cognitive impairment gender-dependently in APP/PS1 mice without affecting Aβ clearance. Free Radic Res. 2018 Apr 23;:1-12 Authors: Hou C, Peng Y, Qin C, Fan F, Liu J, Long J Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterised as a provoked inflammatory response and oxidative stress along with amyloid β peptide (Aβ) deposition and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, and effective treatment is greatly needed. Molecular hydrogen, which has been proposed to be an antioxidant that selectively reduces reactive oxygen species, was found to exert beneficial effects ...
Source: Free Radical Research - Category: Research Tags: Free Radic Res Source Type: research
Authors: Tchalla AE, Clément JP, Saulnier I, Beaumatin B, Lachal F, Gayot C, Bosetti A, Desormais I, Perrochon A, Preux PM, Couratier P, Dantoine T Abstract BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alzheimer disease (AD) is particularly devastating, with no cure, no means of prevention, and no proven way to slow progression. AD is associated with the worsening of cognitive function attributable to a variety of factors of which little is known. Our main objective was to determine factors associated with rapid cognitive decline (RCD) in older AD patients. METHODS: We conducted a 12-month, prospective, multi-centre cohort study. C...
Source: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord Source Type: research
Authors: Goldman DP, Fillit H, Neumann P Abstract In June 2017, a diverse group of experts in Alzheimer's disease convened to discuss how to accelerate getting new drugs to patients to both prevent and treat the disease. Participants concluded that we need a more robust, diversified drug development pipeline. Strategic policy measures can help keep new Alzheimer's disease therapies (whether to treat symptoms, prevent onset, or cure) affordable for patients while supporting innovation and facilitating greater information sharing among payers, providers, researchers, and the public, including a postmarket surveillanc...
Source: The Journal of Alzheimers Association - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Alzheimers Dement Source Type: research
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