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Scientists Discover Gene That Determines How Fast Your Brain Will Age

The effects of TMEM106B kick in once a person reaches the age of 65

A new study conducted by Columbia University Medical Center Researchers and published this week in the journal Cell Systems identifies a gene that seemingly dictates how fast a brain ages.  The gene, called TMEM106B, begins to effect the brain once … Continue reading

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Finding Alzheimer’s Drugs is Harder Than You Think

Here's why researchers struggle to find treatments for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known disorder that affects 5.4 million Americans. Yet there are currently only four drugs available that treat its symptoms. Unlike cancer treatments, which are varied, plentiful and targeted to specific forms of the disease, Alzheimer’s drugs are … Continue reading

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A Unique Assisted Living Facility Offers Dementia Patients Hope

The Ohio-based Lantern communities create a stimulating atmosphere for clients with Alzheimer's and dementia

Traditionally, assisted living facilities are quite drab environments. Even those that strive for a more welcoming atmosphere, with amenities like communal dining rooms and colorful decor, typically fall far short of providing a setting in which residents feel at home. … Continue reading

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Studies Show Differences in Quality of Palliative Care

Black patients and patients with organ failure report poor levels of palliative care

Palliative care is designed to provide comfort to people who have terminal illnesses. Yet multiple studies show that not all patients receive the same quality of care. In one study of Veterans Administration hospitals, black patients were less likely than white patients … 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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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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