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Alzheimer's patients wander, some tragically An estimated 60 percent of Alzheimer's patients will wander at some point, and 47 percent of those not found within 24 hours may die.

A new study may help caregivers avoid situations where patients are most likely to wander. In 23 percent of the cases, patients wandered away while being transported between locations and 14.3 percent while with caregivers outside their home. Other situations where wandering was common: when patients became agitated, while caregivers were distracted or when out alone.

Wandering patients were found in residential yards, on the street, at businesses and in health-care facilities, said Meredeth A. Rowe of the University of Florida. The study is to appear in The American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias.It could be in the therapeutic massage For many Americans, finding an effective therapy for back pain is elusive.

A new study comparing acupuncture, massage and self-care found that after one year the massage group came out ahead, using the least amount of medications and spending the least amount of money for subsequent medical care, said Daniel C. Cherkin from the Center for Health Studies in Seattle. Acupuncture was relatively ineffective.Study: 7 percent of kids exhibit ADHD signs There has been wide divergence of opinion among professionals over how many youngsters exhibit symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) with estimates ranging from 1 percent to 20 percent of the population.

A new Mayo Clinic study based on health records of more than 8,500 children now estimates that about 7 percent of children will exhibit signs of the disorder by the time they reach the age of 19. The study, published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, used conservative criteria that included clinical diagnosis and supporting documentation, said Dr. William Barbaresi, the study's lead author.Cancer Society features 'Cope' series No one is ever prepared for a diagnosis of cancer; it always seems to happen to someone else. The truth is, cancer plays no favorites.

Every year, nearly 1.3 million Americans are diagnosed with some form of cancer and it will strike one out of every three men, women and children. That is why the American Cancer Society developed "I Can Cope," an educational program designed to help cancer patients and their families become better informed about the disease, available treatment options, side effects, and additional information.

Starting on May 16, the American Cancer Society will be hosting the first of a four-part series of free classes for people with cancer, their friends and families. All classes will be held at the Deaconess Billings Clinic Alice Fortin Heath Conference Center, Room B, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

According to Kim Kaiser, Community Cancer Control Manager for the ACS Billings office, the topic to be addressed during the May 16 class will be "Learning About Cancer and Cancer Treatments."

Topics for the remaining three classes will include: May 23, "Keeping Well in Mind and Body;" May 30, "Feelings and Relationships;" and June 6, "Discovering Resources and Celebrating Life."

To register for the classes, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.