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Sundowning: Late-Day Confusion

I've heard that sundowning may happen with dementia. What is sundowning and how is it treated? Answer From Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. The term "sundowning" refers to a state of confusion occurring in the late afternoon and spanning into the night. Sundowning can cause a variety of behaviors, such as confusion, anxiety, aggression, or ignoring directions. […]

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A Brutal Clock

OCEAN SPRINGS, Mississippi ― The school bus stop is a special hell for Amber Olsen. Each weekday morning as she or her husband, Tom Cannan, wheels their youngest daughter, 5-year-old Willow, out to the end of their driveway, they’re reminded that this time two years ago, Willow could bound up and down the stairs of the […]

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Prophylactic Oophorectomy: Preventing Cancer by Surgically Removing Your Ovaries

Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have a significantly increased risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Several options are available for reducing the risk of cancer in these women. One option is preventive (prophylactic) bilateral oophorectomy—the surgical removal of the ovaries. Although removing your ovaries is usually performed to reduce the risk […]