Tag Archives: Cognitive Impairment (Potential Risk and Protective Factors)

Risk of Dementia in Patients Using Antidepressants? (Behavioural Neurology / BBC News)

Summary Evidence indicating that use of antidepressants is associated significantly with an increased risk of developing dementia: Full Text Link Reference Wang, YC. Tai, PA. [and] Poly, TN. [et al] (2018). Increased risk of dementia in patients with antidepressants: a … Continue reading

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Nutritional and Dietary Factors Likely to Influence Future Risk of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (Lancet Neurology / BBC News / BNF)

Summary A Lancet Neurology review covers what is currently known about the various associations between diet and nutrition and the risk of developing cognitive decline or dementia. Unfortunately, access to the full-text will not be available freely for most readers, … Continue reading

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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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What’s Good For the Heart is Good For the Brain (BBC News / PHE)

Summary Public Health England (PHE) estimates that possibly a third of dementia cases could be improved through healthier lifestyle choices. Guidance on healthy lifestyles, to help reduce the risk of dementia, is to be given to patients via free NHS … Continue reading

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Re-Examining the Potential of Brain Training for Reducing Risk of Developing Dementia (NHS Choices / Alzheimer’s & Dementia)

Summary There appears to be some evidence that brain training (cognitive stimulation) using computer-based memory training games may assist in the preservation of cognitive functioning in older adults, aged 65 or above, and might have some limited potential to help … Continue reading

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Dementia Risk Associated With Loneliness / Absence of Close Relationships in Later Life (BBC News / Journals of Gerontology / Aging and Mental Health)

Summary Loneliness is increasingly mentioned in research as a potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia. Research based on data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing indicates that marriage and / or having close friends may help to protect individuals … Continue reading

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