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Alcohol Consumption in Moderation Perhaps Not Too Harmful: Some Neuroprotective Benefits? (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Choices / Heart)

Summary New evidence suggests that moderate levels of alcohol consumption (drinking between 7 – 14 units of alcohol per week) results in a lower level of risk for developing dementia, when compared to the dementia risk for either heavy drinkers … Continue reading

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Physical Activity for People With Dementia Fails to Slow Rate of Cognitive Impairment (BBC News / BMJ / NHS Choices)

Summary It has long been widely believed that physical activity would have beneficial effects in the prevention of cognitive decline and dementia. Counter-intuitive results from the Dementia and Physical Activity (DAPA) trial suggest that moderate to high intensity exercise training for … Continue reading

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Update on the Association Between Anticholinergics and Dementia Risk (BBC News / BMJ)

Summary A new statistical study has confirmed an association between use of certain anticholinergic drugs (commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression, Parkinson’s Disease and bladder problems) and a heightened risk of developing dementia. Other anticholinergics, taken to treat hay … Continue reading

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Further Confirmation of the Benefits of Education for Cognitive Reserve? (NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A detailed investigation into modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease provides further confirmation that levels of educational attainment are associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal provides a … Continue reading

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Updated Projections for the Dementia Time-Bomb in England and Wales to 2040 (BMJ)

Summary A recent study by researchers University College London (UCL) and the University of Liverpool attempting to assess the future societal burden of dementia (sometimes termed the “Dementia Timebomb”) predicts the number of people living with dementia in England and Wales could … Continue reading

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Physical Activity in Midlife May Not Reduce Risk of Developing Dementia: No Harm in Trying (BMJ)

Summary The general consensus in the literature has tended to suggest that mid-life physical activity is typically beneficial, in part as a lifestyle choice which is likely to contribute to a reduced risk of developing cognitive decline and / or … Continue reading

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Questioning the Disproportionate Flood of Publications Praising the Benefits of Early Detection: Too Much of a Good Thing? (BMJ)

Summary A brief Norwegian review has highlighted an unbalanced surge in publications about the benefits of the earlier detection of diseases (which are typically taken unquestioningly as a “given”). The authors allege that articles discussing the benefits of early detection … Continue reading

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