Category Archives: Market-Health Care

Five Key Habits for Better Sleep

Sleep problems, ranging from the occasional fitful night to full blown insomnia can have an immediate, negative effect on cognitive health. Poor concentration, difficulty remembering details, and falling asleep during the next day are common signs of disrupted sleep. Over 70 Million people in the U.S. suffer from bouts of insomnia over the course of… Read More »

The Dangers of Percocet and Other Narcotic Painkillers

We note with sadness the death of Prince (Rogers Nelson), an iconic and talented musician. Early news stories point to the probability (now confirmed) that Prince was taking Percocet, a powerful painkiller, for pain related to hip surgery performed in 2010. Percocet contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic analgesic. It is dangerously easy to overdose… 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 »