Tag Archives: Cognitive Impairment (Potential Risk Factors)

Dementia Risk Factors Re-Explored / Confirmed (NIHR Signal / BMJ Open)

Summary A further systematic review indicates that unhealthy behaviours tend to increase dementia risk. Pooled meta-analysis of previous research demonstrate a 20% increase in the risk of dementia from one risk factor, while the co-occurrence of three risk factors doubles … 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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Pre-Eclampsia and Risk of Dementia (BMJ)

Summary Danish research indicates that pre-eclampsia is associated with a subsequent increased risk of dementia in later life, particularly with vascular dementia. Full Text Link Reference Basit, S. Wohlfahrt, J. [and] Boyd, HA. (2018). Pre-eclampsia and risk of dementia later … Continue reading

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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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More on the Likely Association Between Air Pollution and Increased Risk of Dementia? (BMJ Open / NHS Choices / BBC News / PHE)

Summary Further evidence has emerged, from London, on the possible link between long-term exposure to air pollution and the likelihood of developing dementia. Full Text Link Reference Air pollution linked to dementia risk. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, September … Continue reading

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Air Pollution Associated With Cognitive Impairment? (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary A study of people living in China indicates that chronic exposure to extreme levels of air pollution is associated with poorer cognitive functioning, at any age. Full Text Link Reference Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence, study says. London: … Continue reading

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Cardiovascular Health in Old Age Associated With Reduced Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia (NHS Choices / JAMA)

Summary Fresh evidence from France suggests that favourable cardiovascular health metrics – measured using the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Life’s Simple 7 Metrics tool – and higher cardiovascular health scores, are associated with a lower risk of developing dementia and … 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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