A brighter future might be ahead for patients with Alzheimer's disease, based on a new drug trial which concluded with some reassuring results. The new drug, named LMTX, appears to have significantly slowed the shrinkage of the brain and improved cognitive symptoms in a group of nearly a hundred patients who were participating in the trial.
What did the researchers find?
Almost 900 patients participated in the drug trial in total, with about a hundred patients taking only LMTX for treatment of Alzheimer's. The patients on LMTX alone had largely positive results, even amongst severe cases of Alzheimer’s. After 15 months on the new medicine, the group experienced improved cognition and completion of daily tasks. Remarkably, there was also a 33 to 38 percent reduction in brain shrinkage, based upon the dose of LMTX.
Most patients in the drug trial were also on other Alzheimer’s medications and did not demonstrate any positive changes; technically, it was a failed experiment despite some good results. The side effects of LMTX have naturally been less publicized, which included diarrhea and pain when using the bathroom. The drug, however, is still considered to be in the early phase of research, so improvements may very well be possible. Dr. Doug Brown, director of research and development at Alzheimer's Society, called the encouraging results from the subset of patients "glimmers of hope...of the possibility that we could one day stop dementia in its tracks."
Summer is magical in midcoast Maine. After dealing with a long, chilly winter, Maineiacs love the sun and the heat. But summer can take a toll, with its high temperatures and harmful UV rays from the sun.
Here is a look at how the heat and sun can affect the quality of senior living and tips that will ensure you stay safe and healthy in the summer sun.
1) Regulating Your Body Temperature
It’s all about regulating your body temperature. This gets harder as the body ages. It is a serious concern because if you get too hot, your health suffers.
One problem is the fact that seniors don’t sweat as easily as those who are younger. And sweat is one of the most effective ways the body has to cool itself. In addition, the human body stores fat differently as it ages, making heat regulation more complicated.
As a senior, you are also dealing with specific health factors that affect how the body handles high temperatures. These include:
Here are a variety of tips to stay hydrated and cool your body and your living area. Following them can help your body regulate its temperature, keep you cool and make summer safe and healthy.
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