Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Importance of sharing mental health history

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Importance of sharing mental health history

Family history has its own significance and a major role to play in one’s life. Knowing about one’s history not only helps a person gain a better understanding of one’s past but also of the individual’s present.

Talking about one’s family history is normal conversation. But, when someone tries to talk about the mental health issues faced by any of his/her family members, it is either considered embarrassing or an anecdote to be shared with friends. Shame and stigma associated with mental illnesses discourage people from discussing them openly. Read more

World’s tiniest hammer to aid treatment of brain injuries and Alzheimer’s disease

World’s tiniest hammer to aid treatment of brain injuries and Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have developed the world’s tiniest hammer, called microHammer, to help treat brain injuries and disorders like Alzheimer’s.

Kimberly Turner, one of the researchers at UCSB, stated that cells have shown to respond to the mechanical forces of microHammer. However, inadequate research in the area of understanding individual reactions of nueral cells to forces has placed limitations on the amount of relaible pressure that can be applied through the hammer. Read more

Alzheimer’s patients prescribed more antidepressants than non-Alzheimer’s patients

Alzheimer’s patients prescribed more antidepressants than non-Alzheimer’s patients

Memories are treasured by everyone, they are a mental history of life experience that can be recalled at random and reminisced about. For the elderly, they are of value and can be passed on to grandchildren. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. The disease destroys memory and also has physical repercussions. Read more

Climbing stairs can help brain stay young

Climbing stairs can help brain stay young

Looking at their unbearable suffering, victims of Alzheimer’s disease would agree with Mark Twain’s statement – “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” More so, because doctors are yet to stumble upon any evidence-based treatment for complete recovery from Alzheimer’s disease. Slowly and gradually, the disease distorts the mind unlike other diseases that affect the body.

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