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October 22, 2016

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October 22, 2016

Elder Abuse Under-Identified in U.S. Emergency Departments

Oct. 18, 2016 — Researchers used a nationally-representative dataset to estimate the frequency with which emergency providers make a formal diagnosis of elder abuse. The answer: 1 in 7,700 ... read more

Failures in Mental Health System Flagged in New Report in England

Oct. 10, 2016 — Significant numbers of people with learning disabilities, particularly very young adults, remain inappropriately incarcerated in English hospitals, new research ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — Despite their different triggers, the same molecular chain of events appears to be responsible for brain cell death from strokes, injuries and even such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer’s. ... read more

'Virtual Physiotherapist' Helps Paralyzed Patients Exercise Using Computer Games

Oct. 5, 2016 — A simple device can improve the ability of patients with arm disability to play physiotherapy-like computer games, according to new ... read more

Stimulating Neurons Could Protect Against Brain Damage

Oct. 4, 2016 — A breakthrough in understanding how brain damage spreads – and how it could potentially be limited – has been made through a collaboration between neuroscientists and ... read more

Study Compares Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women

Oct. 4, 2016 — Investigators assessed whether injection of onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox A) is superior to sacral neuromodulation (use of an implanted electrode for bladder control) in controlling episodes of ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — People with spinal cord injuries suffer from many complications in addition to paralysis and numbness. Some of these problems are caused by a lack of the neurotransmitter GABA in the injured spinal ... read more

How Safe and Effective Are New Drugs for Stroke Prevention?

Oct. 3, 2016 — For decades, warfarin was the only oral blood thinner available to reduce the risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation. Warfarin use is cumbersome, because it requires ongoing blood test ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — A certain form of immunotherapy targeted to Alzheimer's patients may be ineffective when that patient also has Vascular Cognitive Impairment and Dementia, report scientists. While these drugs ... read more

More Than Half of Persons With Alzheimer's Disease Aged 90 Years or More Use Psychotropic Drugs

Oct. 3, 2016 — Psychotropic drug use is rather common among persons aged 90 years of more diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease compared with those who were diagnosed at younger age, concludes a study in Finland. ... read more

Abnormal Brain Protein May Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease Development

Sep. 30, 2016 — A recently-recognized pathologic protein in the brain may play a larger role in the development of clinical Alzheimer’s disease dementia than previously recognized, according to a new study of ... read more

Cardiovascular Risk Factor Prevention Should Be Addressed at All Ages

Sep. 29, 2016 — Older adults can develop cardiovascular risk factors later in life, according to a study. Investigators found that the development of risk factors including hypertension, diabetes and high ... read more

Combination of Complementary Medicine, Standard Care Helps Reduce Pre-Op Anxiety

Sep. 29, 2016 — A combination of complementary medicine and standard care shows potential to reduce preoperative anxiety levels and improve the outcome of the operation, state authors of a new ... read more

In the Eye of the Beholder: First-of-Its-Kind Tool Measures Caregiver's Perception of Capabilities of Person With Dementia

Sep. 28, 2016 — Comprehensive occupational therapy care requires a family-centered approach including treatment for the person with dementia and education for the caregiver. Clinical assessments exist to evaluate ... read more

Time Window to Help People Who Have Had a Stroke Longer Than Previously Shown

Sep. 28, 2016 — Time is of the essence when getting people stricken with acute ischemic strokes to treatment. Current professional guidelines recommend that stent retrievers be used to remove blood clots from stroke ... read more

Interruptions to Rehab Are Common After Stroke or Brain Injury, but Many Are Preventable

Sep. 27, 2016 — Patients in inpatient rehabilitation after a stroke, brain injury, or spinal cord injury have significant rates of interruptions of their rehab program—often including being transferred back to the ... read more

Experimental Imaging Agent Reveals Concussion-Linked Brain Disease in Living Brain

Sep. 27, 2016 — A protein tracer shows a distinctive pattern of brain protein deposition specific to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease typically confirmed after death. A link between brain injury and ... read more

Earlier Treatment With Surgery to Remove Blood Clot Linked With Less Disability Following Stroke

Sep. 27, 2016 — In an analysis that included nearly 1,300 patients with large-vessel ischemic stroke, earlier treatment with endovascular thrombectomy (intra-arterial use of a micro-catheter or other device to ... read more

Help Needed to Identify Post-Stroke Visual Impairments

Sep. 27, 2016 — A review of the methods available to screen for post-stroke visual impairments has found there is an urgent demand for the development of a ... read more

Enzyme Hyaluronidase Shows Promise as Treatment for Muscle Stiffness Caused by Brain Injury

Sep. 26, 2016 — A naturally occurring enzyme called hyaluronidase may be an effective alternative treatment for spasticity, or muscle stiffness, a disabling condition in people who have had a stroke or other brain ... read more

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