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Memory Maintenance
Clinicians can encourage patients anxious about possible cognitive impairment to take steps to prevent or postpone symptoms of neurocognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease. Read more »

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To help reduce diuretic risk and overuse, health care providers should routinely evaluate patients receiving diuretics. Read more »

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The goal of the Memory Preservation Nutrition program is to promote brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Read more »
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Based on a complex model of Alzheimer’s disease progression developed by researchers, a new tool can predict the anticipated time to full-time care, nursing home placement, or death for such patients. The information necessary to make the calculations can be gathered from a single patient visit.

Because Alzheimer’s progression varies significantly among individuals with the disease, physicians have difficulty projecting its trajectory over time. The new method is practical for routine use and will be beneficial to both physicians and patients’ families. Read more in this month’s E-News Exclusive.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
E-News Exclusive
Method Predicts Time From Alzheimer’s Onset to Death

A research team led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) has clinically validated a new method for predicting the time to full-time care, nursing home residence, or death for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The method, which uses data gathered from a single patient visit, is based on a complex model of Alzheimer’s disease progression that the researchers developed by consecutively following two sets of Alzheimer’s patients for 10 years each. The results were published online ahead of print in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“Predicting Alzheimer’s progression has been a challenge because the disease varies significantly from one person to another: Two Alzheimer’s patients may both appear to have mild forms of the disease, yet one may progress rapidly while the other progresses much more slowly,” says senior study author Yaakov Stern, PhD, a professor of neuropsychology (in neurology, psychiatry, and psychology in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain and the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center) at CUMC. “Our method enables clinicians to predict the disease path with great specificity.”

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Tech & Tools
Opticell Wound Dressing
Medline Industries has introduced Opticell, wound dressings that help manage moisture and promote autolytic debridement. It can be used on wounds of all drainage levels and utilizes technology that allows fluids to wick vertically into the wound dressing, not across the wound. Learn more »

Health Patch
HealthPatch, a new biosensor product, is a small patch worn on the chest that provides clinical-grade measurements of eight core health data points: single-lead ECG, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, posture, steps, and fall detection/severity. Algorithms analyze the readings to calculate various health predictors. It enables physicians to predict whether a patient is likely to be admitted to a hospital within four months and allows providers to remotely monitor for infection, relapse, or complications. Learn more »
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Other Aging News
Sex Among Dementia Patients Spurs Call for Policies
Vast numbers of baby boomers who will populate US nursing homes necessitate that facilities’ management teams develop policies designed to address residents’ intimacy and sexual expression, according to an article from Bloomberg News.

Truckers at Risk for Aggressive Prostate Cancer
Are truck drivers at high risk for developing aggressive prostate cancer? A recent Los Angeles Times article suggests they may be.

Daily Walk Cuts Dementia Risk
Research indicates that daily walking decreases dementia risk, according to an article in the Orlando Sentinel.

Testosterone Treatments Linked With Heart Risks
Physicians and patients should discuss potential risks and benefits prior to initiating a testosterone treatment regimen, an article in The Wall Street Journal suggests.
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