Medical Notes: Week of March 15, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 15, 2020, including: There is a higher risk of heart disease for women who've experienced domestic abuse. Then, a study that shows that the pulse can vary wildly between people. Then, can being tall protect men from dementia? And finally, if you make a lot of typos when you text… your thumbs may be too long.

A Moral Question: Dementia, Spouses, And “Close Friends”

A Moral Question: Dementia, Spouses, and “Close Friends”

Spouses of Alzheimer’s disease patients often struggle with depression while caregiving and are desperate for support. Some have started new relationships while their loved one is still alive but no longer recognizes them. Acceptance of such infidelity is highly individual. Experts and a woman involved in such a relationship discuss how it can benefit even the incapacitated spouse, as long as families find it acceptable.

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 6, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of October 6, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 6, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of 26, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of May 26, 2019.

Rethinking Dementia

Dementia has a much wider range than most people think, and people with dementia are usually functional for years. An expert discusses the course of the disease and how life can still be positive for years before it reaches the late, debilitating stage most people think of when they hear the word “dementia.”

Medical Notes: Week of January 27, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 27, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of January 20, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 20, 2019.

Medical Notes: Week of January 13, 2019

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 13, 2018.

18-41 Segment 1: Dementia in Women

About two-thirds of people with dementia in the United States are women, and researchers are discovering it’s not just because they live longer. Reproductive history also plays a role. Scientists are focusing on the role of estrogen as a potential protective factor against Alzheimer’s disease. Several who are involved in this research explain.

18-35 Segment 2: An Online Test for Dementia

If dementia is recognized early, medication and coping strategies are very beneficial. However, dementia is often undiagnosed and untreated until it is far along. A newly developed online test can help assess if someone has mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to dementia.

Medical Notes 18-35

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 2, 2018.

Medical Notes 18-26

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of July 1, 2018.

Medical Notes 17-18

A look at important medical, health and science headlines for the week of April 23.