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By On January 6th, 2017

Antidepressants May Be Linked To Heightened Risk For Dementia

Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed classes of drugs available, but new Canadian research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety indicates these drugs may be contributing to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The findings of the study suggest commonly used SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac may be linked to…

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By On November 9th, 2015

Did Lewy Body Dementia Play a Role In Robin Williams’ Death?

When Robin Williams died in 2014, the cause was widely reported to be suicide related to depression and a recent Parkinson disease diagnosis. Now, Williams’ wife says that isn’t quite the case. Rather, Susan Williams says her husband’s death is tied to a poorly understood brain disorder known as Lewy body dementia (LBD). Robin Williams…

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By On July 31st, 2014

Depression in Older Age May Increase Risk of Dementia

A new study published in the journal Neurology says depression in older age may increase the risk of dementia, though the reason for the connection is not yet understood. Most notably, the researchers were not able to identify whether depression brings on dementia or cognitive decline causes people to become depressed. “Studies have shown that…

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By On May 29th, 2014

Can Cynicism Increase Your Risk of Dementia?

Cynicism is already considered an undesirable trait by most people who find constant pessimism uninviting, but a new study shows that cynics may also be at a higher risk for cognitive problems later in life. In the study, cynicism is defined as the belief that people are largely driven by self-interests and self-promotion, and thus…

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By On April 1st, 2014

New Study Links Heart Health With Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Adding further evidence to the notion that your heart health is essential in preserving mental health, a new study says that heart disease increases the odds of developing dementia. Researchers led by Timothy Hughes, from the department of internal medicine at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. report that artery stiffness – known as atherosclerosis…

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By On January 28th, 2014

Rutgers Researchers Link DDT to Alzheimer’s Disease

We’ve known the pesticide DDT is harmful since it was banned decades ago, but researchers at Rutgers University may have found a new way the chemical is still affecting us. Their study, published yesterday in JAMA Neurology, suggests DDT may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. The study focused on levels of the chemical DDE, which…

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By On November 11th, 2013

Does Being Bilingual Delay The Onset Of Dementia?

Everyone wants to learn another language, but many of us never get around to it or truly commit. We romanticize being able to communicate in another language and speak with the cultured Europeans we imagine or to simply be able to have a meaningful conversation with the Latino neighbors. But, we rarely imagine the actual…

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By On October 3rd, 2013

Day-to-Day Stresses in Middle-Aged Women Linked To Dementia

If having to manage children, a job, and a marriage sounds like a handful, its because it is. Middle-age women are known to suffer from a large amount of stress, but a new study suggests that stress may cause problems later in life. Middle-age women with high levels of day-to-day stress have a somewhat higher…

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By On August 2nd, 2013

Does Anemia Increase the Risk of Dementia?

According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, anemia, a condition characterized by low levels of red blood cells, may increase the risk of dementia in elderly people. Anemia is common in elderly people and can affect over a fifth of all adults over the age of 65. It has also been linked…

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