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Handling Paranoia and Delusions in Alzheimer's Patients

From the National Institute on Aging

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the person with the disease may have hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia. During a hallucination, the person sees, hears, smells, tastes, or feels something that isn’t there. He or she also may have delusions—false beliefs that the person thinks are real.

Paranoia is a type of delusion in which a person may believe—without a good reason—that others are mean, lying, unfair, or “out to get me.” He or she may become suspicious, fearful, or jealous of people.

CPAP Doesn’t Hurt Your Sex Life

Patients who use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) often believe that it makes them less sexually attractive, according to researchers at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois. A study abstract released in October 2014 in an online supplement of the journal CHEST, to be presented at CHEST 2014, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in Austin, Texas, shows that they do not need to worry.

Solve the Medical Riddle: Her Daughter Feels as Though the Room is Shrinking, Second Week



By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.

The Bad-Marriage Factor in Obesity

A bad marriage can cause metabolic changes that may lead to obesity, according to new research.
The study also showed that a history of depression can be an additional factor in how the body processes high-fat foods.

Researchers at The Ohio State University looked at men and women who had a history of depression and who had heated arguments with spouses. After eating a high-fat meal, the participants showed metabolic problems, including higher levels of insulin and “spikes” in triglycerides. They also burned fewer calories.

Update: Testing for the Breast Cancer Gene

Should you be tested to see if you have the breast-cancer gene? Here, experts from the federal Centers for Disease Control tell you what you need to know:

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