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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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Study Into the Possible Effect(s) of Retirement on Memory / Cognitive Impairment (NHS Choices / European Journal of Epidemiology)

Summary An epidemiological study of civil servants who took part in the Whitehall II Study found that while all categories of cognition function tend to decline over time, verbal memory, in particular, appears to decline at a rate 38% faster … 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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Smoking Increases Risk of Stroke and Dementia (Public Health England)

Summary The Public Health England (PHE) “Smokefree Health Harms” campaign highlights the damage to health which can be caused by smoking. The inhalation of dangerous chemicals from cigarettes (such as arsenic and cyanide) can damage the vascular system and major organs, … Continue reading

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Obesity Associated With Faster Cognitive Decline (BBC News / NHS Choices / Neurology)

[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012]. Summary Being overweight has been linked to decline in mental performance. Metabolic changes such as high blood … Continue reading

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Mental Deterioration Starts in Mid-Life (BBC News / BMJ / Whitehall II Study)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012]. Summary Research at University College London indicates that the brain starts to deteriorate as early as 45 years of age. Researchers … Continue reading

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