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Study: Mixing brain, nervous system-related drugs risky for dementia patients

Study: Mixing brain, nervous system-related drugs risky for dementia patients

Health
March 9 (UPI) -- Older adults who take three or more drugs for dementia or its complications could accelerate memory loss and declines in thinking ability as a result, according to a study published Tuesday by JAMA. Despite this risk, one in seven adults with dementia in the United Stated who is older than 65 and lives outside of a nursing home takes three or more drugs to treat dementia or related disorders, such as depression, the data showed. Advertisement This so-called "poly-pharmacy," or taking multiple prescription drugs, also can raise the risk for injury and death in the elderly, as some of these medications can cause fatigue, weakness and delirium. "Dementia comes with lots of behavioral issues, from changes in sleep and depression to apathy and withdrawal, and providers, patien...
Watch: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci cope with dementia in ‘Supernova’ trailer

Watch: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci cope with dementia in ‘Supernova’ trailer

Entertainment
Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Bleeker Street released a trailer Monday for the new film Supernova. Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci star. The trailer shows partners Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) drive an RV on one last road trip. The trailer reveals that it is their last trip together because Tusker has early onset dementia. Advertisement Supernova promises good humor on the road as the couple struggle to fit both their bodies on a small bed. However, the film also promises to deal with the severity of Tusker's condition. Tusker displays difficulty reading, buttoning his shirt and remembering things. He even suggests setting Sam free of the burden of taking care of him as his condition worsens, but Sam commits to seeing their relationship through, for better or worse. Firth won an Academy Award for his r...
The Roads Not Taken tackles dementia on the big screen

The Roads Not Taken tackles dementia on the big screen

Entertainment
Sally Potter's new film The Roads Not Taken is a study of dementia, dedicated to her own brother, Nic, who had Pick's Disease, a rare type of age-related dementia.In the movie the lead character, played by Javier Bardem, is seen going about a normal day in New York city - attending appointments with his daughter (played by Elle Fanning), while his mind is elsewhere, reliving parallel versions of his own life. Potter told Sky News it was inspired by her own experiences: "It's not a portrait of him, the character as played by Javier Bardem is about as far away from my brother as it could be, but it's personal, absolutely. Image: Salma Hayek also stars in the emotional drama. Pic: Universal "I witnessed very close up somebody going throu...
Coronavirus: Dementia patients ‘deteriorating’ without family visits

Coronavirus: Dementia patients ‘deteriorating’ without family visits

Health
Relatives of care home residents with dementia should be treated as key workers, leading charities say.In a letter to the health secretary, they write that the care given by family members is "essential" to residents' mental and physical health.They argue the current limits on visitors have had "damaging consequences".They want visits to resume safely, with relatives given the same access to care homes and coronavirus testing as staff.Signed by the bosses of leading charities including Dementia UK and the Alzheimer's Society, the letter calls on the government to "urgently" address what it calls the "hidden catastrophe" happening in care homes.A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has told the BBC it will be setting out further d...
Long-term air pollution exposure may increase dementia risk by 50%

Long-term air pollution exposure may increase dementia risk by 50%

Health
March 30 (UPI) -- Long-term exposure to air pollution may increase a person's risk for developing dementia, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Neurology has found. In nearly 3,000 older adults in Stockholm, Sweden, researchers found the risk for declines in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills dropped by as much as 50 percent for every five years of exposure to pollution, based on levels of particulate matter and nitrogen oxide in the air near their place of residence. The air pollution-linked risk for dementia was even higher among those with a history of heart failure and ischemic heart disease, or stroke, the authors found. "Air pollution has well-established repercussions on humans' health, in particular for what concern pulmonary diseases and cardiovascular ...