Monthly Archives November 2018

General Anesthesia May Unmask Hidden Cognitive Decline

A new study links surgery and cognitive decline. A very well-executed study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (2018; 62(1):319-333. doi:10.3233/JAD-170496) has shown that certain individuals demonstrate a significant decline in their mental abilities following surgery requiring general anesthesia, in this case, for total knee arthroplasty (knee replacement surgery). Post-Surgery Cognitive Decline Those most at risk for a post-surgical decline in cognitive abilities showed: a) Slow processing speed (thinking and reaction speed), b) Reduced working memory (short-term memory), for example, the ability to hold information in one’s mind and manipulate it. This skill is used in such things as
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Lyme Disease Overview

Lyme disease is the result of infection with one or more species of the spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi. It is generally thought that the infection is the result of a tick bite, which about 50% of the time results in a rash, often described as a ‘Bulls Eye’ rash, but which can vary in appearance. Symptoms of untreated Lyme disease typically start with nondescript flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, headache) but eventually include joint aches (which may migrate from one joint to another over days), neuropsychiatric problems (e.g., Bell’s palsy-paralysis of one side of the face) fatigue, numbness, weakness, mood
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