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  • Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Is Crucial for Effective Planning and Treatment

    Half of all patients with Alzheimer’s are already in the moderate to severe stages of the disease by the time they are diagnosed. Increased attention to the early stages of AD is essential for proper treatment, planning and caregiver support.

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  • Medical Tests Used to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease

    If a loved one is experiencing unusual memory problems or changes in behavior, what tests should be run to either confirm or rule out dementia?

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  • What Doctors Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease?

    You are seeing signs of Alzheimer's disease and want answers. What doctor should you see? Your family doctor can suspect the disease, but they may not be qualified to diagnosis the disease.

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  • How are Strokes Diagnosed and Treated?

    A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is suddenly interrupted, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

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  • How Glaucoma Is Diagnosed and Treated

    Glaucoma is detected through a comprehensive eye exam. Treatments, including medication and surgery, delay progression of the disease, but do not restore eyesight that has already been lost.

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  • Caring for a Senior with Chronic Constipation

    It is normal to be constipated from time to time, but when this condition lasts for a prolonged period or worsens significantly, it can be extremely uncomfortable and even require medical attention.

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  • Aging and Memory Problems: Benign or Serious?

    Ever have trouble recalling a word or a name? The question is: when is memory loss part of the normal aging process, and when is it a sign of a more progressive problem?

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  • Different Forms of Dementia Commonly Have Different Signs

    There's a common misconception that the primary indicator of dementia is memory loss. The reality is that different forms of dementia have different signs. Learn which signs commonly correspond with each type of dementia.

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  • Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: What Happens Next?

    Receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is a very overwhelming experience, both for the person diagnosed, and for family and friends. It is important that certain issues be addressed after the diagnosis has been made.

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness for Caregivers

    Breast cancer becomes more of a concern with age. Women in their 40s and above (and even younger, if there's a strong history of the disease) should be taking active steps to identify breast cancer as early possible, when treatment is most successful. Breast cancer awareness month is an excellent reminder to get those exams and mammograms.

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  • Too Much of Good Thing: Elders Getting Colonoscopies With Dangerous Frequency

    A new study reveals that a significant number of elders are incurring unnecessary costs and endangering their health by getting colonoscopies too often.

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  • Pre-Diabetes: What You Need to Know

    Pre-diabetes indicates blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Anyone diagnosed as pre-diabetic is more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

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  • Testing for Diabetes and Treating It

    Does your parent have diabetes? Explore the testing procedures used to diagnose diabetes and the best methods for controlling blood sugar levels once diagnosed.

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  • Who Gets Diabetes? Top 10 Risk Factors

    Certain risk factors can increase the chances that a person will get diabetes. Some risk factors can be eliminated, while others cannot.

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  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. The symptoms of RA include pain, stiffness, warmth, redness, and swelling of the affected joints.

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  • How To Know If Your Parent Has Dementia

    Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. Explore signs, symptoms and what to do if a senior is showing signs of dementia.

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  • Will I inherit Alzheimer's disease if my parent has it?

    When a parent is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia, children want to know, "Can Alzheimer's disease be inherited?" What causes Alzheimer’s disease isn't fully understood, but some cases of early-onset Alzheimer's called familial AD, are inherited.

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  • How Colon Cancer is Diagnosed and Treated

    Information about colon cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and cancer care.

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  • Breast Cancer: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

    Get information about breast cancer symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and caring for someone who has breast cancer.

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  • Bladder Cancer: Signs, Symptoms and Treatments

    Information about bladder cancer treatment, causes, screening, clinical trials and research.

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