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Severe birth defects not as lethal as docs once said: Study

CHICAGO — Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were “incompatible with life.” Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die.

Checklist of possible behavioural warning signs of dementia

Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioural impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to help identify who’s at risk. The symptoms must mark a change from prior behaviour and have lasted at least six months. Among the questions:‚ÄîHas the person lost interest in friends, family or home activities?

Watch for behaviour changes for clues of dementia onset

WASHINGTON — Memory loss may not always be the first warning sign that dementia is brewing changes in behaviour or personality might be an early clue.

Researchers on Sunday outlined a syndrome called “mild behavioural impairment” that may be a harbinger of Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and proposed a checklist of symptoms to alert doctors and families.