Archives for Dementia

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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Categories: Cognitive Decline / Alzheimers and Health Matters Blog.

Memory Matters

Memory loss creates fear in the very core of one’s being because it threatens one’s identity, and raises the specter of losing one’s independence. Forgetfulness can be a signal that dementia is imminent, but it can also be a warning that other problems are present, which untreated, may develop into pseudo-dementia (a false dementia). The idea that it is normal to lose memory as one ages is not correct. Memory loss is always a result of some abnormal body processes. In this article I will review some basic information, which you can use for dementia and its prevention (yes, it
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Light Therapy & Health

Your Biologic Clock Your Biologic Clock keeps our body rhythms and sleep –wake cycles in synch with the light-day cycle of the earth. It is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hormone control center of the brain, the hypothalamus.  When light enters the eye, it activates this part of the brain and reduces production of the sleep hormone (melatonin) produced in the pineal gland of the brain.  The light also acts to the release of a variety of other hormones and affects body temperature. Interestingly, we are programmed to cycle every 24.2 hours―but our exposure to light on
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