Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

Noise, Air Pollution Increase Risk of Dementia

A new study links proximity to auto traffic with higher dementia risk

The scientific community has known for years that air pollution is linked to an increased risk of dementia. Numerous studies have shown that men and women who live in heavily polluted cities develop cognitive deficits at an earlier age than those … Continue reading

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How People with Alzheimer’s Disease Experience Pain

Patients with dementia feel pain but may not be able to communicate it well

Historically, medical professionals thought that people with Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions did not feel pain as acutely as other aging adults. According to a WebMD article published in 2006,  this was based on the observation that Alzheimer’s patients complained less about pain … Continue reading

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Promising Alzheimer’s Prevention Study Is Underway

Researchers at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute hope two investigational drugs may reduce or eliminate the protein linked to Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating and incurable condition that affects as many as 5 million Americans age 65 and older, according to estimates by the CDC, and more than 46 million people worldwide.  Now, researchers from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute … Continue reading

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When the Curtain Falls: The Tragic Reality of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease presents unique challenges to patients and their families

Each month Kathleen Clohessy, R.N., offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. Kathleen comes to SevenPonds with 25 years of experience as a registered nurse caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness. She began her career in … Continue reading

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Could This “Death Gene” Take Four Years Off Your Lifespan?

Scientists have discovered a series of genetic mutations that could cause early death

Researchers at Edinburgh University have found two genetic mutations that could take as much as four years off the estimated lifespan of those who have them. After studying the genes of 150,000 people, the researchers found that those who had mutations on … Continue reading

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Book Review: “We Are Not Ourselves” by Matthew Thomas

A critically acclaimed novel about life, love, loss and the struggle to overcome grief

The critically acclaimed first novel by Matthew Thomas, “We Are Not Ourselves” is a sweeping tale of life, love and loss set against the backdrop of mid-century New York. The book spans six decades in the life of Eileen Tumulty, … Continue reading

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