August 1, 2013

Even Boost Mental Acuity

1 Blood Pressure Meds May Slow Mental Decline

ACE inhibitors, a class of drugs used to treat blood pressure, may also slow the pace of mental decline, dementia and even Alzheimer's. A study conducted by the Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation at the University College Cork in Ireland followed the rates of cognitive decline in 361 patients with Alzheimer's disease and other conditions associated with a loss of memory and cognition over the period of 1999 to 2010 and found that those taking ACE inhibitors not only experienced cognitive decline at a reduced pace but exhibited modest but promising increases in mental acuity. Researchers speculated that the ACE inhibitors boost blood flow to the brain, and noted that while the improvements were not great, if begun earlier their cumulative beneficial effect might be considerable.

More at Newsmaxhealth.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Education Lowers Dementia Risk

Tags: ACE Inhibitors, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Slowing Cognitive Decline, Blood Pressure Drugs, ACE Inhibitors and Cognition, Anti-Dementia Drugs

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What Can You Do?

2 Insect Sting Allergies Are on the Rise

Insect sting allergies are on the rise and affect 5% of the population says a report in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. What to do? "While it does not always cure insect sting allergy, venom immunotherapy, a form of allergy shots, can almost always prevent severe reactions to stings," says article author David Golden, MD. Anyone who’s had an allergic reaction to an insect sting should be under the care of an allergist, adds Golden who says that prescribed emergency epinephrine should be carried by those with severe reactions. Reduce the chances of getting stung by covering up when working outdoors; avoid walking barefoot in the grass; don’t wear perfume, hairspray or scented deodorant when outdoors and avoid bright, floral patterned clothing.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Flu Shot Safe for Kids with Allergies

Tags: Allergies, Dr. David Golden, Insect Stings

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Even When They Can’t Help

3 Docs Are Overprescribing Strong Antibiotics

When doctors prescribe antibiotics, they choose “broad spectrum,” which kills good and bad bacteria, more than 60% of the time, finds a U. of Utah study. In more than 25% of these cases, the infection was viral and not bacterial, which is treatable with antibiotics. This overuse of antibiotics contributes to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It’s difficult to tell if an infection is viral or bacterial and, says researcher Adam L. Hersh, M.D., Ph.D., physicians err on the side of prescribing antibiotics. Broad spectrum drugs are most often prescribed for respiratory, urinary tract and skin infections. Hersh recommends that patients play a larger role in their own care by asking if they need an antibiotic and if the one prescribed is the best choice for their particular infection.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Antibiotic Resistant Infections Are on the Rise

Tags: Antibiotic Resistance, Antibiotics, University of Utah, Dr. Adam L Hersh

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