Little Consensus on Referral to Specialist Palliative Care for Dementia Patients

(Reuters Health) – There is little consensus among medical professionals about when or why to refer patients with dementia to specialist palliative care, a recent systematic literature review suggests. Researchers examined data from 59 previous studies examining what criteria clinicians use to determine the necessity of referral to a palliative […]

Reverse BP Dipping Tied to Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease in Older Men

(Reuters Health) – Older men with higher systolic blood pressure at night than during the day have an increased risk of developing any dementia as well as Alzheimer’s disease in particular, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers examined data on about 1,000 older men in Sweden who were followed for up […]

‘Core Feature’ of Frontotemporal Dementia May Aid Diagnosis

Increased white matter hyperintensities (WMH) are strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but new research reveals they are also a “core feature” of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in findings that may help physicians make this difficult diagnosis that affects adults in their prime. “The assessment of WMH can aid differential diagnosis […]

Alzheimer’s Disease and Gingko Biloba

What is Ginkgo Biloba? Ginkgo biloba is a tree that is native to China and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and cuisine for centuries. Extracts of Ginkgo biloba are often sold as food supplements with potential medicinal uses ranging from treating high blood pressure to altitude sickness. The […]