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Only 25% of Alzheimer's cases are diagnosed

Only 25% of Alzheimer's cases are diagnosed

Approximately 75% of people with Alzheimer's disease in the world have not yet been diagnosed, according to a study by the Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI), an organization affiliated with the World Health Organization. , 36 million people live with the problem and three-quarters of people with dementia are unaware of the disease, which makes treatment difficult. In rich countries only 20% to 50% of cases are recognized and documented.

In the poorest countries, the proportion may reach only 10%. According to the doctors who conducted the study, the lack of diagnosis may be a result of the false assumption that dementia is part of aging and that nothing can be done to improve the patient's condition. lack of early diagnosis decisively impairs treatment, since rapid interventions can make a difference in the early stages of the disease, improving cognition, independence and quality of life of the patient. Therefore, relatives of the elderly need to be aware of some symptoms that may be signs of early Alzheimer's disease, such as memory loss, sudden mood swings, and difficulty performing day-to-day tasks. A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center in the United States shows that more than half of all Alzheimer's cases could potentially be prevented with changes in lifestyle and treatment or prevention of this chronic mental illness.

The analysis, published in the journal The Lancet Neurology, with studies around the world, involved thousands of participants. After observing data, the researchers realized that some factors were extremely associated with the disease: sedentarism, depression, smoking, diabetes, hypertension in middle age and obesity in this period of life. Today, approximately 33.9 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's. According to the study, 17.2 million cases (representing 51%) are linked to the factors cited above.

For the researchers, the data suggest that simple lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity level and stopping can have a major impact on Alzheimer's disease prevention.


67 Cases of microcephaly were already related to the Zika virus

67 Cases of microcephaly were already related to the Zika virus

Suspicious cases of microcephaly under investigation by the Ministry of Health and the states reach 4,107 across the country. The numbers are part of the Epidemiological Report of Microcephaly, released on Tuesday (23). The bulletin also indicates that 950 reports have already been discarded and 583 confirmed for microcephaly and other nervous system disorders, suggestive of congenital infection.

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Tan: step by step for a more golden and healthy skin

Tan: step by step for a more golden and healthy skin

It is summer and it is no secret to anyone that protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the sun is indispensable to prevent ailments such as skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. "Woman with tan body on the beach - Photo: Getty Images" The use of sunscreen prevents the skin from being burned by ultraviolet rays and it is red, but it does not stop the achievement of the gold that many want.

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