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1. Acute onset and fluctuating course
Is there evidence of an acute change in mental status from the
patient's baseline? Did this behavior fluctuate during the day —
that is, come and go or increase and decrease in severity?
A selection of health advice that is also good for the environment, including biking or walking to work, using less energy by going to bed earlier, setting the thermostat a little higher, and buying locally grown produce when possible.
Delirium is usually temporary, but older people who experience
delirium may suffer permanent damage. It is believed that
delirium is linked to dementia, but more research must be done
before any conclusions can be made.
Researchers are exploring the possibility of a connection between
cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease and dememtia. The
general advice for keeping the heart healthy may prove to keep
the mind healthy as well.
There is evidence to suggest that niacin, a B vitamin, can help
raise HDL cholesterol when taken in larger doses, but there are
side effects to be considered.
While estrogen therapy after menopause has been criticized for
its negative side effects, some research is suggesting that the
hormone may help reduce the risk of colon cancer in women.
Patient self-management programs may encourage patients to take
more initiative regarding their health and medical care, but even
if it only makes them feel more in control of their course of
treatment, that is still beneficial.
My 47-year-old son suddenly lost hearing in one ear. They did
some blood tests and he was given steroids and a medication
called Valtrex. Now they are saying nothing can be done. Can you
please address this issue?