ElderCarelink Blog

Could nicotine improve Mild Cognitive Impairment?

by Carol Bursack
January 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Nicotine as administered through a medical patch, rather than a tobacco product, was shown in a recent study to have some benefit for nonsmokers with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Not everyone with MCI goes on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but many people do. Therefore, the interest in studying mild cognitive impairment is intense.

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Can insulin slow the progression of Alzheimer’s?

by Carol Bursack
September 13th, 2011 at 10:15 am

Good Morning America aired a segment this morning about a pilot study investigating the use of inhaled insulin as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. It has been long known that insulin may play a role in Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, studies have shown that people with diabetes are at greater risk risk of developing Alzheimer’s. This study indicates that inhaled insulin shows promise as it improved short term memory and daily function in patients with Alzheimer’s.
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Study reveals sundowning with Alzheimer’s likely has a biological basis

by Carol Bursack
July 8th, 2011 at 9:00 am

Sundowning is a syndrome in which elders–particularly those with Alzheimer’s–tend to display high levels of activity, anxiety and agitation, sometimes accompanied by delirium, near the end of the day. Sundowning has confused, frustrated and even frightened caregivers over the years.

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ECL News Abstracts #1 | March 28, 2011

by ECL Staff
March 28th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

New research reveals insight into how short-term memory operates.

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Rice University have discovered the human brain has three layers of memory. These layers – where the brain processes short-term memory – include a core, a surrounding layer, and a wide region. The core, labeled the “focus of attention,” has three responsibilities: it directs the mind’s attention to the correct information, it retrieves that information and, when necessary, updates that information. The surrounding layer can hold and process three additional pieces of active information, while the larger, wide region holds passive items that are on the memory’s back burner.

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Joint Replacement Registry Should Help Doctors Track Implant Device Success and Failure

by Carol Bursack
July 27th, 2010 at 2:11 am

A paper released in the online and print editions of Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, a journal of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, reports on the success of a total Joint Replacement Registry that Kaiser Permanente had developed. The paper states that, “Total Joint Replacement Registry was developed in a large community-based practice to track implant utilization, monitor revisions and complications, identify patients during recalls and advisories, and provide feedback on clinical practices.”

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