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Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Optimism Linked to Longevity (BBC News / PNAS / Bazian)

Summary Researchers in the United States, using data from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Veterans’ Health Study, have confirmed that optimists tend to live longer and are more likely to achieve “exceptional longevity” i.e. live to an age of … Continue reading

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Healthy Lifestyles May Partially Help Offset Genetic Risk Factors for Dementia (BBC News / JAMA / Bazian)

Summary Persons in the UK Biobank study were followed over time to discover whether pursuing a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, regular physical activity, healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption) might be associated with lower risk of developing dementia regardless of predisposing genetic risk factors. Statistically, favourable (“healthy”) lifestyles … Continue reading

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Consumption of Sugary Drinks Associated With Higher Cancer Risk? (BBC News / BMJ / Bazian)

Summary Sugary drinks, including 100% fruit juices and fizzy pops, appear to increase the risk of cancer (very slightly). Full Text Link Reference Gallagher, J. (2019). Are sugary drinks causing cancer? London: BBC Health News, July 11th 2019. This relates … Continue reading

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Estimated Burden of Alcohol-Related Care in NHS Hospitals (BBC News / Addiction / Bazian)

Summary Alcohol-related medical conditions cost the NHS in the UK roughly £3.5 billion per year. One in five UK hospital patients drink alcohol harmfully, according to a recent study. Full Text Link Reference Alcohol abuse affects one in five UK … Continue reading

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More on the Association Between Anticholinergics and Dementia Risk (BBC News / JAMA Internal Medicine / Bazian / BJCP)

Summary Fresh research appears to confirm the association between the use of anticholinergic drugs (prescribed for the treatment of depression, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and bladder problems) and an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). Statistical research … Continue reading

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Time for a Complete Reset in Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Drugs Research: Never Too Late? (BBC News / Brain / NHS Digital)

Summary A new type of dementia, previously misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease, has been discovered to be prevalent in the oldest of old persons. Perhaps a third of elderly people earlier thought to have Alzheimer’s Disease may have had Limbic-predominant age-related … Continue reading

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