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February 2009

Statin Study Shows Promise for Alzheimer's Disease

The promise of statins, however, has, um, held some water. Scientists have found statins have some effects on the human body that were not the original intent, but that are good. This, of course, doesn't mean that everyone should take them, but that there are some good side effects for some people. Read more →


Memory Lessons: a Fascinating Book Combining Personal Stories with Professional Advice

Winakur tells of his youthful temper and his complicated relationship with his father. He tells of his first years in medical school, and how appalled he was at how people were treated as cases and numbers, rather than individuals. He rails against our current medical system that encourages this treatment even more than it did when he was a young resident. Read more →


Study Shows Insulin Can Help Protect Brain From Alzheimer’s

My area of the country has a relatively high rate of diabetes. When I was spending a good portion of every day in a local nursing home, taking care of the needs of family elders, I would often see quite young folks in wheelchairs, recovering from foot surgery or even an amputation due to diabetes. Blindness and other serious consequences of diabetes are well known. Now, however, there is evidence that a type of Alzheimer's can also be a consequence of diabetes. Read more →


National Institute of Health Offers Valuable Tool to Help Hospitalize Elders

Elders exposed to hospital stays can become very disoriented, to the point of delirium, which is difficult to distinguish from dementia. The scary part is that some never totally recover, once they return home. Also scary, is that fact that many medical professionals don't know about, or completely understand, this problem. Read more →


Technology in Caregiving Welcome But Can’t Be Allowed to Replace Human Connection

They indicated that she wasn't sleeping well. The sensors were all over her room and bathroom, including doorways. They indicated restlessness, and allowed medical people to adjust her medications so she was healthier and functioned better. Read more →


New Study on Education and Alzheimer’s Contradicts Some Previous Research

There are findings in this study that are to me, quite frankly, rather hard to distinguish from an earlier study. Older studies, such as the one I wrote about in, "More Education Means A Lesser Chance of Getting Alzheimer's, Dementia," showed that people with more education took longer to show symptoms of Alzheimer's. Read more →


It’s a Puzzlement!

fellow human being to looking at her from the eyes of an alien, as though I were from another world and had come across some strange creature here on planet Earth. Suddenly, the woman looked strange to me, I looked at her as though I were examining a bug on a Petri dish. The following are my mental notes, at least the ones I can remember: Read more →