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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]

April 26, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Looks At Suicide In Long Term Care Facilities

April 26, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in Frontiers in Public Health looked at antidepressant use and suicide rates in adults aged 75 and older. “The study is about suicide in Swedish older adults aged 75+ residing in long-term care facilities (LTCF),” study author Khedidja Hedna told us. “We also aimed to investigate risk factors including use of psychoactive medications and psychiatric and medical conditions.” [More]

April 12, 2022
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Digs Deeper Into The Neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease

April 12, 2022 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the Journal of Neurobiology of Disease looked at organelle dysfunction in human astrocytes in Alzheimer’s Disease. “We have analyzed transcriptomic data (gene-expression data) from almost 800 patients with Alzheimer’s disease and controls to look for molecular signatures of astrocytes, a type of brain cell. Transcriptomes contain information about the cell genome, over 30,000 genes,” study author Elena Galea 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]

May 31, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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COVID-19 Negatively Impacts Mental Health Of Residents And Staff Of Nursing Homes

May 31, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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COVID-19 has had a significant mental health impact on both residents and staff members in aged care facilities. Research published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found those working or residing in aged care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic are experiencing high levels of stress and negative mental health impacts. [More]

February 28, 2021
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Robotic Dogs and Laughter Therapy May Reduce Loneliness During COVID-19

February 28, 2021 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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Mindfulness, laughter and even robotic dogs may be some of the methods to help people cope with isolation and loneliness due to social distancing during COVID-19. Researchers from Cambridge’s School of Medicine undertook a review examining existing evidence on the different approach to curbing loneliness and isolation, and found there are options to suit everyone. [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]