History of Medicine. Plague and Vampirism in the Middle Ages.

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The Nachzehrer would be a special kind of vampire who lives in a constant state of numbness in his grave, without understanding what is happening around and just like a child, chewing spasmodically his dress. Martin Böhm wrote in 1601: "We have seen in times of the plague how dead people especially women - who have died of the plague make smacking noises in their graves, like a pig that is eating, and that while this smacking is going on the plague becomes much worse, usually in the...

Anesthesia and Incident Dementia

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Dr. Christopher Jankowski, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, shares study results appearing in the June 2013 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Utilizing data from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, the investigators found no correlation between dementia and exposure to anesthetic agents in older persons undergoing surgical procedures. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/btutmwe

Healthy aging for the cancer patient

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“Being a senior does not necessarily mean that you’re old,” says Beatrice Edwards, M.D., associate professor in geriatric medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Yet, it’s important for elderly cancer patients to have their functional status evaluated in order to achieve successful cancer treatment outcomes.” In this podcast, Edwards shares tips on healthy aging for older adults and explains the role that a geriatrician can play in cancer treatment and survivorship.

Grape Powder Supplementation Prevents Oxidative Stress–Induced Anxiety-Like Behavior, Memory Impairment, and High Blood Pressure in Rats

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We examined whether or not grape powder treatment ameliorates oxidative stress–induced anxiety-like behavior, memory impairment, and hypertension in rats. Oxidative stress in Sprague-Dawley rats was produced by using L-buthionine- (S,R)-sulfoximine (BSO). Four groups of rats were used: 1) control (C; injected with vehicle and provided with tap water), 2) grape powder–treated (GP; injected with vehicle and provided for 3 wk with 15 g/L grape powder dissolved in tap water), 3)...
Authors: Farida Allam, An Dao, Gaurav Chugh, Ritu Bohat, Faizan Jafri, Gaurav Patki, Christopher Mowrey, Mohammad Asghar, Karim Alkadhi, Samina Salim

Dietary patterns and risk of dementia in an elderly Japanese population: the Hisayama Study

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ABSTRACT Background: To our knowledge, there are no previous reports that assessed the association between dietary patterns and risk of dementia in Asian populations. Objective: We investigated dietary patterns and their potential association with risk of incident dementia in a general Japanese population. Design: A total of 1006 community-dwelling Japanese subjects without dementia, aged 60–79 y, were followed up for a median of 15 y. The reduced rank regression procedure was used to...
Authors: Mio Ozawa, Toshiharu Ninomiya, Tomoyuki Ohara, Yasufumi Doi, Kazuhiro Uchida, Tomoko Shirota, Koji Yonemoto, Takanari Kitazono, Yutaka Kiyohara

Diagnostic testing before cancer treatment

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Before starting cancer treatment, breast cancer patient Doris Thomas went through a series of tests at MD Anderson Cancer Center, all in one day. Since MD Anderson is a multidisciplinary hospital, it is typical for tests to be scheduled and completed under one roof in one day. Tests performed include an echocardiogram, lung CT scan, lab work and brain MRI.