Memory Lapse or Dementia? 5 Clues to Help Tell the Difference

Uh-oh. You can’t find your keys. You forgot the name of your newest neighbor—again. And exactly where did you park your car at the mall, anyway?

An occasional memory slip is normal, says Johns Hopkins geriatrician Sevil Yasar, M.D., Ph.D. But as you age, these “senior moments” may leave you wondering whether you’re heading for dementia—the loss of memory and thinking skills severe enough to interfere with independent living, often due to Alzheimer’s disease or other brain changes.

“Stress, an extra-busy day, poor sleep and even some medications can interfere with making and recalling memories,” Yasar says. “And we all have moments when a name or the title of a movie is right on the tip of the tongue, but those events are different from the kinds of lapses that may be warning signs for dementia.”

Most of the time, memory lapses are nothing to worry about. “But any time you’re concerned about yourself or a loved one, it’s worth talking with your doctor,” Yasar says.

So how can you tell the difference between simple slipups and something that may be more serious? The important thing to look for is persistent change in our ability to think and function. Below are five clues.

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5 Facts You Need to Know About Dementia

Last month, we learned that there is a new partner in the fight against Alzheimer’s: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is investing $100 million in Alzheimer’s disease research. The pledge stems from both recognition of the devastating personal and global impact of Alzheimer’s as well as the need to develop new therapies. We all know someone who has suffered from this devastating neurodegenerative disease.

As the race to find a cure continues, I’d like to take the time to clarify some common misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease and its parent term, dementia.

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Vitiligo – 7 Reasons Behind It!

Vitiligo is a skin disorder where white patches of depigmentation develop on the skin and keep enlarging. This disorder is long-term and continuous in nature. The patches appear due to the death of melanocytes within the skin. Melanocytes are skin pigment producing cells, which produce melanin. Vitiligo can affect the skin of several areas, including the eyes, hair and the portion inside the mouth.

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7 things a model with vitiligo wants you to know about the skin condition

You may recognise model and musician Darius Vernon from last night’s episode of The Davina Hour. We caught up with him to find out everything he wants you to know about vitiligo.

Last night he appeared on The Davina Hour on W (BT TV Channel 311) to talk about how the skin condition has affected his self-esteem. If you missed it, you can catch up using the BT TV player.

We spoke to Darius to find out everything he wants you to know about vitiligo.

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Mythbusters: 8 Things You Might Not Know about Vitiligo

Does stress cause vitiligo? Can sun exposure cause vitiligo to spread? The internet is full of information – and misinformation – about vitiligo. That’s why we’re turning to the experts for answers to the most-asked questions and myths about vitiligo today.

A board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Nada Elbuluk is an Assistant Professor at the USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology. She’s also a well-known dermatologist within the vitiligo community, regularly taking part in national and international vitiligo research and patient conferences. Here’s what she had to say about these frequently asked questions about vitiligo.

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ADHD Medications for Children: Side Effects and Research

Medications known as stimulants have long been employed in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These medications improve a chemical imbalance in the brain which is causing the symptoms. A number of neuro-imaging studies have shown that the brain functioning of ADHD patients does improve and appears to be more like the normal group after they have taken their prescribed medication. The Drug Digest provides an excellent synopsis on the use of stimulants with children and adults. For updates on new medications and warning about medications the FDA website is your best source of information.

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5 Don’ts When Your ADHD Child Is Upset or Angry

Parents dread having to deal with meltdowns. However, parents of children with ADHD may face more meltdowns than other parents.

Children with ADHD are more prone to meltdowns for a number of reasons. Often their brain circuitry for emotional regulation is dysfunctional, meaning it takes less to trigger an anger episode that lasts for longer periods of time than other children. This is the result of faulty wiring. Working with kids on relaxation techniques such as taking deep breaths or counting to ten at the first sign of being upset can help. It’s especially important that they practice these skills when they’re calm.

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5 Nutrients That Can Help Kids Labeled With ADHD

It’s unbelievable how much power food has.

Food actually has the ability to cause diseases or prevent them.

If we aren’t getting the essential nutrients we need from healthy foods – our bodies will react negatively. But because everyone’s genetics and biochemical make-up is so unique, what’s considered healthy for you just might not be healthy for someone else.

For instance, nightshades and citrus fruits are usually considered healthy. They are whole foods from the Earth that are packed with nutrients, right?

But here’s the thing… if your child has a citrus food allergy or is sensitive to nightshade vegetables like potatoes, tomatoes or peppers – it’s definitely not a good idea to eat them. The inflammation that happens as a result will eventually lead to health issues – including typical ADHD-like behaviors.

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12 Strategies to Beat ADHD Naturally

12 Strategies to Beat ADHD Naturally

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently surveyed 73,000 children and found one in 10 has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   This is a 22% increase since 2003.  Approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD as of 2011 (1).

Boys (13.2%) were more likely than girls (5.6%) to have ever been diagnosed with ADHD.  The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier.  Prevalence of ADHD diagnosis varied substantially by state, from a low of 5.6% in Nevada to a high of 18.7% in Kentucky.

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