Order keeps alive brain-dead girl
A California judge on Monday ordered a 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ordered Children's Hospital Oakland to maintain Jahi McMath on a ventilator past 5 p.m. Monday, the time that was set in a previous ruling. The family wants to continue life support, saying there is hope for recovery.
Dementia risk of high cholesterol
Well before signs of dementia trigger a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, a person's cholesterol levels may be a bellwether of amyloid plaque buildup in the brain, a new study finds. Long considered a reliable predictor of heart attacks and strokes, worrisome cholesterol levels may now raise concerns about dementia risk as well, prompting more aggressive use of drugs, including statins, that alter cholesterol levels. The latest research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Neurology, used PET Imaging.