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Dementia patients’ oral hygiene benefits from researched techniques

“Poor oral health can lead to pneumonia and cardiovascular disease as well as periodontal disease,” said Rita A. Jablonski, even though these illnesses are not usually associated with the mouth. According to Jablonski, assistant professor of nursing, Penn State, persons with dementia resist care when they feel threatened. In general, these patients cannot care for themselves and need help. Nurses who care for patients with dementia now have a tailored approach to dental hygiene for their charges, thanks to a pilot study by Jablonski and other nurses. Produced by C Roy Parker

High cholesterol at midlife linked to dementia

A new study has found that having borderline to moderately high cholesterol at midlife could significantly increase a person’s risk of developing dementia later in life.

The risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease rose by as much as 66 percent in people with high cholesterol (240 mg/dl or higher) .

The study show evidence linking cholesterol to Alzheimer’s.

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