The most popular genres of music have changed over the decades, along with the devices we use to listen them. With the advent of the internet and portable media players, music is available in countless different forms – but the effect it has on our hearts, and on our minds, doesn’t seem to have changed all that much. The relationship between music and mental health has been explored extensively for many years, and a new study shows that it has …Read more
A skipped appointment, confusion about how to take a prescription, or a forgotten instruction from our last visit sends my older patients into a spin of nervous panic, embarrassment, defensiveness, a string of excuses, and several assurances that such “highly unusual” memory blips “never happen” on a normal basis.
My younger patients, on the other hand, simply shrug – “oops, sorry Doc. …Read more
Disorders of the brain can be incredibly difficult to diagnose and treat, simply because of the sheer complexity of brain function. Despite the fact that Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of brain disorder in the world, researchers still don’t understand its root cause or how to cure it, and must employ a battery of rigorous procedures and medical assessments just to diagnose it.
Faced with rampantly rising rates of Alzheimer’s and with a large portion of …Read more
Dementia is a mental health condition that is quickly becoming a major health concern around the world. Approximately 35.6 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and 7.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Dementia involves a deterioration of memory, thinking, and behavior. And eventually, it interferes with the ability to carry out simple, everyday tasks. It is a leading cause of disability and dependency in older adults. Not only does dementia …Read more