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The Cancer Treatment That May Also Treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

What if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but three devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s? At Georgetown University Medical Center, researchers are hopeful that nilotinib is that medication. Now approved to use in people that have one kind of leukemia, a small trial is causing great excitement in its encouraging… Continue reading

Strokes in Old Age: A Brighter Future to Recovery

For the first time ever, a treatment option that’s become increasingly popular in Parkinson’s patients – deep-brain stimulation – is also showing promise for recovery for strokes in old age. The new form of treatment is being tested on a stroke survivor and is conducted by implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of… Continue reading

Put Sundown Syndrome to Bed with These Tips from Midnight Sun Home Care

If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you know that oftentimes as the day winds down, the stress ramps up. Sundown syndrome, a common experience in dementia in which seniors become agitated, fearful, and restless during the evening hours, is exhausting for all involved. Concerns increase as family members try to keep the… Continue reading

A Potential Ray of Light for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

Research scientists are shedding some new light on therapies to potentially have an impact on Alzheimer’s disease: light therapy. The benefits of light are only just beginning to be tapped, and already are exhibiting some notable and encouraging results. One example is MIT analysts are experimenting with a variety of flickering light therapy, in which… Continue reading

Dad Wants to Avoid the Nursing Home, But Is Home Health Care an Affordable Option?

Pick a senior, any senior, and you’re likely to hear the same sentiments: the vast majority of older adults agree that they’d prefer to spend their elder years at home over moving to a nursing home facility. However, there are a number of misconceptions about who will pay for home health care. Medicare? Medicaid? Insurance?… Continue reading

Caring for a Senior and Feeling Invisible? Learn How to Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has reported that family members caring for a senior loved one are “routinely marginalized and ignored within the health care system.” With about 18 million family members providing care for seniors, this report is alarming, as it points to the possibility that these seniors are at risk… Continue reading

Promising Alzheimer’s Treatment Reaches Final Stage in Human Trials

Aducanumab. It is the latest in a long line of drugs making news in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. But never before has a drug looked quite so promising as an effective treatment. In the initial medical tests, researchers witnessed a substantial reduction in amyloid plaque in the patients’ brains, and even greater, “This is… Continue reading
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