Dementia rate declines but aging America may halt the trend

New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy. The study shows the rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in people 65 and older dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research. Older adults with the most schooling had the lowest dementia rates, and the average education level increased during the study years. Led by University of Michigan researchers, the study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The National Institute on Aging paid for the research. Researchers analyzed natio

CDC identifies first US cases of drug-resistant fungal infection

Story highlights Candida auris is a sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally Seven cases occurred between May 2013 and August 2016 in four states (CNN)Thirteen individuals have become ill from a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection previously unseen in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The fungus, Candida auris, is known to occur in health care settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. Seven cases occurred between May 2013 and August 2016 in four states: Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and New York. As of August 31, four of these seven patients, all with bloodstream infections, died, though it is unclear whether their

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