Category Archives: Market-Health Care

The Dangers of Percocet and Other Narcotic Painkillers

We note with sadness the death of Prince, an iconic and talented musician. Recent news stories point to the probability that Prince was taking Percocet, a powerful painkiller, for pain related to hip surgery he had in 2010. Percocet contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic analgesic. It is dangerously easy to overdose on oxycodone –… Read More »

A Guide to Normal Age Related Memory Changes

Several readers have asked for examples regarding normal age related memory changes versus signs that there might be more serious memory problems approaching. In response, we have developed a quick reference guide to help distinguish between normal age related memory performance and potential markers of cognitive impairment. The guide also includes information on several reversible… Read More »

Free Concussion Testing Tool

With public awareness growing about the risks to brain health from multiple concussions, thanks to the debut of the movie Concussion, MyBrainTest is providing a free online tool to track and document concussion symptoms. Repeated knocks to the head can trigger a neuro-degenerative cascade known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which typically results in dementia… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Assisted Care and Living Costs

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing caregiver stress, and how to locate and utilize your local resources. There are varying levels of care available depending on your loved one’s needs. Age, health and financial status also play a role. Many people find it complex… Read More »

Marijuana and Your Brain, Part Two

. Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series on marijuana (cannabis) use and brain health. The first article reviewed medical research on cannabis to control pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. A fascinating and ever changing intersection between science, medical research, and public policy regarding the wave of marijuana legalization… Read More »

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Caregiver Burnout

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing stress and how to locate and utilize your local resources. Once you have recognized the symptoms of caregiver burnout and you realize that “going it alone” is no longer a healthy option for you or your loved one,… Read More »

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Be Repurposed For Alzheimer’s Disease

A medication commonly used to treat inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis could turn out to have useful treatment effects for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. Salsalate, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), appears to prevent the buildup of toxic tau protein in the brain. In addition to Alzheimer’s, harmful tau… Read More »

UCSD Plays Hardball with USC over Alzheimer’s Study Database

The University of Southern California (USC) fired off the latest salvo on Friday in a legal dispute with University of California San Diego (UCSD) over control of a major Alzheimer’s research study. The trigger for the original lawsuit was the June 21 resignation of the Director of ADCS, Dr. Paul S. Aisen, from his job… Read More »