Dementia: One common yet ‘overlooked’ symptom of the disease
DEMENTIA is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases. This can have a profound impact on a person ’s cognitive function and how they interact with other people. Recent evidence reveals the significance of a particular symptom.
DEMENTIA is now the UK ’s biggest killer among the elderly with someone developing the condition every three minutes. A person doing a certain activity longer than normal could be a sign of the disease. What is it?
Conclusions. Animal companionship can benefit the mental and physical health of older adults, although more and better controlled research on this topic is required. Clinical Implications. Use of companion animals has the potential to be an effective treatment or adjunct therapy to improve the health status and quality of life of older individuals. PMID: 31423915 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
ConclusionVRmaze software offers a translational approach for research units that wish to combine animal models and patient evaluations as well as complex 3D tasks and standardized neuropsychological tests combined with an automatic analysis opening a large perspective in the neurosciences to investigate cognitive functions. A clinical module with preconfigured 2- and 3-D tasks should offer clinicians an easy way to evaluate their patients routinely.
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Dysfunction of the blood-brain barrier, allowing molecules and cells not normally present in the central nervous system to enter, is one of the features of dementia. If nothing else, this causes inflammation in the brain as the immune system is roused to try to clear out the unwanted materials. Chronic inflammation in the immune cells of the central nervous system is an important part of the progression of neurodegenerative conditions, and in Alzheimer's disease shows up after the initial accumulation of amyloid-β. This sequence of events may be due in part to amyloid-β causing blood-brain barrier dysfunction, th...
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Scientists from Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina looked at 14 adults with mild cognitive impairment, which increases a person's risk of developing dementia.
ALZHEIMER ’S disease is the most common cause of dementia. The symptoms of the progressive disease can seem slight at first. A new study has provided a striking explanation for one early warning sign.
There were 344,522 emergency admissions involving dementia patients like Alan Spice (pictured) in the UK in 2017/18 - the equivalent to 944 a day and up from 257,559 cases in 2013/14.