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Piecing Together the Alzheimer's Puzzle

By Kulbinder Saran Caldwell - Published on Tuesday, 21 July 2009 12:13

Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects 290,000 Canadians - which is one in 20 over the age of 65 with the numbers increasing to one in four for those over 85.  But those that are younger are also at risk.  Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) recently stated 71,000 Canadians under the age of 65 are living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, of which approximately 70 percent or 50,000 are 59 or younger.  

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New test accurately detects Alzheimer's in its earliest stages

By Marina Lowell - Published on Saturday, 04 July 2009 15:46

There is a new test that can detect Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages. The test measures proteins in spinal fluid that can point to Alzheimer's. It is 87 percent accurate.

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Seniors mobility after hospitalization in question

By Kulbinder Saran Caldwell - Published on Saturday, 04 July 2009 14:35

Motivation and expectation are cited as positive influences to encourage older patients to regain their lost functional ability after hospitalization, says researchers with the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center and UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham).

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Addiction is a choice, not a disease

By Marina Lowell - Published on Saturday, 04 July 2009 12:58

Since the 1900s, much of the treatment and public policy for addiction has been based on the idea that addiction is a disease. Psychologist Gene Heyman has done research on choice, cognition and drug use. He found that addiction is a matter of choice, therefore it doesn't fit the clinical definition of behavioural illness. By definition, a behavioural disease is compulsive; it’s beyond the influence of reward, punishment, expectations, cultural values, personal values. It was thought that drug use starts as voluntary, and then becomes involuntary.

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Doctors need to do a double-take when prescribing meds to seniors

By Kulbinder Saran Caldwell - Published on Monday, 29 June 2009 12:16

New research indicates that young doctors ought to ask more questions to help get a clearer picture before prescribing medication to their elderly patients.

Two new studies presented at the American Geriatrics Society's Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago focused on challenges seniors face with their prescriptions.

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