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September 6, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Exercise And The Risk of Dementia

September 6, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology looked at physical and mental activity, disease susceptibility, and risk of dementia. “In the present study, we aimed to assess the associations between physical and mental activity and the subsequent risk of dementia,” study author Huan Song told us. “We further hoped to explore whether such associations would differ for individuals with different susceptibility to dementia.” [More]

July 5, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Impact Of A Grandparent's Death On Teens Needs To Be Taken More Seriously According To New Study

July 5, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Science Direct looked at bereavement and mental health and the generational consequences of a grandparent's death. “We were interested in examining whether adolescents who experience the death of a grandparent between the ages of nine and 15 showed evidence of lasting mental health challenges that might predict subsequent difficulties in schooling,” study author Dr. Ashton M Verdery told us. [More]

March 1, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows Mental Health Is A Stronger Predictor Of Dementia Than Physical Health

March 1, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in JAMA looked at longitudinal associations of mental disorders with dementia, a 30-year analysis of 1.7 million New Zealand citizens. “This study is about links between mental health and dementia,” study author Barry J. Milne told us. “We wanted to investigate whether there are associations between a range of mental health disorders and subsequent dementia, and whether associations are apparent for both early- and late-onset dementia.” [More]

February 22, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Imaging Technique To Study Brain Diseases

February 22, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Up to one billion people worldwide suffer from neurological disorders. In the United States, more than one million adults are diagnosed annually with a chronic brain disease or disorder. Studying the brain is difficult but new tools are emerging. A recent study published in the Journal of Molecular Psychiatry looked at how genetically encoded sensors enable micro and nano-scopic decoding of transmission in healthy and diseased brains. [More]

February 23, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows Children With Better Self-Control Age Slower

February 23, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the journal, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) looked at how childhood self-control forecasts the pace of midlife aging and preparedness for old age. “We studied whether as adults, children who exercise better self-control age more slowly, and are more prepared to manage the health, financial, and social demands of later life,” study author Leah Richmond-Rakerd told us. “We also investigated whether self-control in adulthood – not just childhood – is important for aging.” Prior studies have shown that people with better self-control live longer lives. Richmond-Rakerd and the team predicted that people with better self-control would also age more healthily, in midlife. [More]

January 19, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Helping Diabetes Patients Reduce Their Risk Of Dementia

January 19, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The findings of a new study on diabetes and dementia were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The results of the study may be able to help reduce the risk of dementia in diabetic patients with poor glycemic control. “Our study looks at the link between diabetes and the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases,” study author Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales told us. "We would like to better understand the link between diabetes but also glycemic control with dementia risk and whether these associations are explained by existing risk factors such as being obese, a smoker or having existing heart diseases or other chronic diseases.” [More]

August 25, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Aging Affect Memory?

August 25, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study on aging and the brain published in the Journal of Nature Communications looked at the hippocampus region of the brain. “It's commonly accepted that aging negatively impacts most of our cognitive abilities, especially memory,” study author Zachariah M. Reagh told us. “While that is indeed the case, there might be more to the story.” [More]

August 21, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Strong Mental Health Lengthens Life

August 21, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A study from researchers at the University of Toronto found that those with suboptimal mental health died earlier than their counterparts with excellent mental health. Those who were in excellent mental health when the study started in the mid-1990s lived almost five months longer than their peers who were in poorer mental health. [More]

June 16, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Could Your Neuroticism Or Open Personality Determine Whether You’re At Risk For Developing Dementia?

June 16, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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There are over five million people in the United States today who are living with dementia and 50 million around the globe. By 2050, it’s predicted that nearly 14 million people in the U.S. will have dementia and 152 million worldwide. A new study published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society looked at whether personality traits were associated with a risk of developing cognitive decline in aging. [More]

December 17, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Autistic Adults Think They’re Bad People, New Study Finds

December 17, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the World Health Organization, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begins in childhood. One in 160 children worldwide has been diagnosed with autism. But since autism was only recognized as a disorder in 1980, there are many adults who went through childhood without a diagnosis and without help. Now, a new study thought to be the first of its kind examining an autism diagnosis exclusively in middle age, found that adults diagnosed with autism in their fifties grew up believing they were ‘bad people’, ‘alien’, and ‘non-human’. The study is published in the Journal of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine [More]