The Vagus Nerve: An explainer of the tenth cranial nerve and its clinical implications

The Vagus Nerve: An explainer of the tenth cranial nerve and its clinical implications

Vagus nerve stimulation is a treatment that has been occasionally used to treat epilepsy, treatment-resistant depression, and even Alzheimer’s dementia. Are you familiar with this unusual treatment? Are you familiar with the vagus nerve? Though it’s not commonly known, it’s a critical part of your nervous system and has many potential clinical implications. Let’s chat about the vagus nerve and vagus nerve stimulation, but first, some background and context.

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Considering the unseen links to Alzheimer’s: Gingivitis

Considering the unseen links to Alzheimer’s: Gingivitis

According to the Alzheimer Association’s annual report Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, “an estimated 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2021.” This number is expected to more than double to 12.7 million by the year 2050.

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Four Types of EEGs

Four Types of EEGs

EEGs – or electroencephalograms – are used to diagnose many neurological conditions. Depending on the condition, your health care provider may order one of four different types of EEGs.

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease A Women’s Health Problem?

Is Alzheimer’s Disease A Women’s Health Problem?

For decades, part of the high risk factor for women was attributed to longevity, as women statistically live 4-6 years longer than men and age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Recent studies have identified additional risk factors that continue to place women at a higher risk for the disease:

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