A simple walking test may help predict a patient’s risk for memory problems after a heart operation.
Researchers in Japan studied nearly 200 older adults undergoing non-emergency heart surgery.
Before the procedure, they were asked to walk as far as they could in six minutes.
Patients who covered the shortest distance were more likely to have cognitive issues after surgery.
Experts suggest improving fitness before a major operation could have long-term benefits.
Depression and Memory
Depression may also be connected to memory problems in older adults.
A University of Miami study assessed more than 1,000 healthy seniors over a five year period.
Patients with symptoms of depression were more likely to develop memory issues than those who were not depressed.
Depression was also linked to a smaller brain volume and damage to blood vessels in the brain.
Treating Infants with Drug Withdrawal
Infants diagnosed with drug withdrawal after birth may need longer treatment if they are discharged early from the hospital.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University compared outcomes for babies treated with medication at home to those who stayed in the hospital for several weeks.
Infants who were discharged early took medications for about 60 days about 41 days longer than those treated in the hospital.
The number of babies born addicted to opioids has tripled over the past 15 years in the US.