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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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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Type 3 Diabetes?

Scientists have found a strong connection between insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists have long known that there is a strong correlation between diabetes and dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. People living with diabetes have an incidence of Alzheimer’s that is roughly twice that of the general population, and they tend to show … Continue reading

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The Incidence of Dementia in Various Racial and Ethnic Groups

A new study looks at dementia incidence between six racial and ethnic groups over a period of 14 years

The National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011, is a multi-pronged effort to address the many challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s disease. The goals of NAPA are: to improve early diagnosis and the coordination … Continue reading

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New Eye Test May Allow Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Retinal scans showing preliminary promising results in the areas of early detection and treatment

An eye test is under development that may soon allow doctors to detect Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms appear. The test, which is painless, noninvasive and inexpensive, detects the presence of beta amyloid — the substance believed to be responsible … Continue reading

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