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Despite Fears Of Memory Disorders, Early Diagnosis Of Dementia Helps Patients

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Other public health stories today cover developments related to Alzheimer’s, autism, sleep apnea, superbugs, aging and carbs in the diet.

Columbus Dispatch: Early Diagnosis Beneficial For People With Dementia
Nearly 1 in 9 Ohioans age 45 or older reported increased confusion or memory loss over the previous 12 months, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But fewer than half talked to their doctors about their concerns, despite the benefits of early detection. Of the Ohioans surveyed, nearly 52 percent said their worsening memory interfered with work or social activities or caused them to give up activities, cooking, cleaning or paying bills. Almost 36 percent said they needed assistance with daily activities. (Pyle, 1/23)

The Star Tribune: Aging Boomers, Lack Of Funding For Alzheimer’s May Lead To ‘Major Social And Economic Crisis’ 
The devastating impact of Alzheimer’s disease on his own mother — and on his father, who struggled to care for her — first prompted Gerry Richman to take a hard look at the disease. As vice president of national productions at Twin Cities Public Television, he was the mastermind behind a 2004 Emmy-winning documentary called “The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s.” Now, Richman is back with another eye-opening film on the subject. (Shah, 1/23)

Columbus Dispatch: Fecal Transplants May Help Kids With Autism
Researchers say they are cautiously optimistic about a small study that showed that fecal transplants improved both gastrointestinal and behavioral symptoms in children with autism disorders. Over several weeks, children experienced an improvement of about 80 percent in gastrointestinal symptoms and an improvement of about 25 percent in behavioral symptoms, said Ann Gregory, one of the study’s authors and a microbiology graduate student at Ohio State University. Improvements remained even after treatment was stopped. (Viviano, 1/24)

Stat: At-Home Sleep Apnea Testing Puts Squeeze On For-Profit Laboratories
Sleep apnea is on the rise in the US, as the obesity epidemic puts more people at risk of the condition. And tests for sleep apnea are big business, having helped an industry of thousands of sleep clinics sprout up across the country. But the first randomized trial on the subject adds to the growing evidence that at-home testing may be just as good as the laboratory kind, and at a cheaper cost. That’s great news for insurers, but it might spell more pain for for-profit sleep centers around the country. (Sheridan, 1/23)

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