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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 April 18th, 2014

Is Apathy a Sign of Brain Shrinkage in Older Age?

Signs of apathy in older adults might be a warning sign for cognitive issues, as a new study shows apathetic older adults tend to have smaller brain volume than their more active peers. The researchers examined over 4,300 older adults, and saw that those with at least two signs of apathy had slightly less gray…

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By On February 21st, 2014

Does Alcohol Cause Cognitive Impairment?

Alcohol has numerous detrimental effects on health, but according to a study from The University of Western Australia, it may not cause cognitive problems later in life, at least for older men. The paper, published in the journal Neurology, found that alcohol is not a direct cause of memory problems or cognitive impairment later in…

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By On January 2nd, 2014

Heart Disease Could Be Contributing To Cognitive Decline In Older Women

A new study says older women with a history of heart problems were more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those without heart disease, adding evidence to a link doctors had already suspected existed. Women who had suffered a heart attack were specifically affected, seeing their risk jump twice as high as healthy…

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By On December 31st, 2013

Your Cholesterol Levels May Be Tied To Alzheimer’s Disease

You probably already know how important keeping your cholesterol in check is for your heart, but a new study suggests it may also be important for your brain. According to a study from the University of California, Davis, has found the low levels of so-called “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and high levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL)…

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By On August 7th, 2013

Smoking, High Blood Pressure, and Obesity Cause Brain Shrinkage

We all know that smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity do terrible damage to our bodies, but I think it is safe to say we always assumed they left us cognitively sound. According to a new study, this may not be true as these four conditions in middle age appear to cause brain shrinkage…

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