Fast tests designed to help primary care doctors rapidly spot dementia in their elderly patients often get it wrong, a new British report contends. The finding concerns three widely used quick dementia tests: the "Mini-Mental State Examination" (intended to assess mental orientation and verbal memory); the "Memory Impairment Screen" (which tests verbal memory); and "Animal Naming" (which gives patients one minute to quickly name as many animals as they can). The result: more than one-third of the patients were misclassified -- as either having or not having dementia -- by at least one of the rapid tests in question. "Dementia can be difficult to accurately detect, particularly in a primary care setting," said study lead author Janice Ranson. But the rapid tests "are important screening tools to help clinicians decide who is likely to benefit from further testing for dementia," she acknowledged. "Our results suggest that some of the misclassification is due to test biases, such as a … [Read more...] about Study: Dementia Tests in Doctors’ Offices Often Wrong
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Story highlights Some health systems are exploring the idea of using artificial intelligence One doctor worries it could affect continuity of care for patients (CNN)One morning, Charlie Latuske woke up feverish and somewhat delirious in his home in Surrey in the UK, leaving him unable to function and in need of a doctor. He'd endured a sore throat and general malaise for a few days, believing it would get better, but that morning in August 2017, he knew that he had to do something about it. "I was quite out of it," said 27-year old Latuske, who was also due to go on vacation with his wife in just three days. Short on time, he dreaded the idea of calling his local general practitioner only to wait days or even a week for an appointment, or to wait in a queue for an emergency appointment. "I just needed to be seen without messing around with queues," he said. "When you're that ill, that's the last thing you want to do." Read More These days, this solution is somewhat … [Read more...] about Technology is changing the way you see a doctor, but is that good for your health?
Atlanta (CNN)In her prime, Julie Mignerey was on her high school swim team. The statuesque woman grew up in a health-conscious household. Her father played professional football, and her mother, she says, was "fit and healthy." Fast-forward to 2018: Mignerey is 48 and married, with four teenagers. Staying fit is harder now. "I felt healthy my entire life until the last few years. As age has crept up on me, I noticed little things -- going up the stairs with a full load of laundry, I'm a little out of breath," she said. "Go hiking with my family, and I'm the last one in line." Julie Mignerey, seen here with her husband, had a hard time keeping up with her family after turning 40. It wasn't a good feeling, the suburban Atlanta mom says. Read More Mignerey tried to walk her dogs more often, get on the treadmill at home and take online yoga classes -- but it wasn't enough. "I needed an inspiration," she said. "I needed someone there who was going to push me and be more … [Read more...] about How to achieve ‘functional fitness’ in middle age without injuring yourself
On May 13, 2012, Afsaneh Azadeh, an Iranian-American living in Dubai, touched down at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. Azadeh, who had returned to Iran to help her elderly mother convalesce from cataract surgery, tried to visit Tehran frequently, despite a punishing work schedule. At the time, she was employed as general manager of HeavyLift International, a private, United Arab Emirates-based cargo airline run by Farhad Azima, a politically connected Iranian-born American aviation magnate based in Kansas City, Missouri. Smart, loyal and ambitious, she had established herself as one of Azima’s key employees. Azadeh deplaned, exited customs and collected her bags. Suddenly, according to Azadeh, she was encircled by five agents of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), who informed her of her arrest on national security grounds. Her belongings were confiscated. She was handcuffed, blindfolded and pushed into the back seat of a car, where a female IRGC agent forced … [Read more...] about The Mysterious Tale of a Powerful American Businessman, Three Sanctioned Iranians and an Imprisonment in Tehran
Michigan State University has reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history. The deal was announced Wednesday by Michigan State and lawyers for 332 victims. Nassar pleaded guilty to assaulting victims with his hands under the guise of treatment. He also possessed child pornography and is serving decades in prison. He treated campus athletes and scores of young gymnasts at his Michigan State office. He had an international reputation while working at the same time for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. More than 150 women and girls testified in court that disgraced doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them. (Published Monday, Feb. 5, 2018) Olympic gold medalists Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney say they were victims. Calif. Children Tortured 'for Sadistic Purposes': Prosecutor Michigan State University, already … [Read more...] about Nassar Victims to Get $500M in Michigan State Settlement