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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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More on Possible Blood Tests for Pre-Symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (NHS Digital / Nature Medicine)

Summary People with a rare hereditary form of Alzheimer’s Disease (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease) have raised levels of a protein called neurofilament light chain (NfC) in their blood, arising from damage to previously healthy nerve cells. These elevated levels of … Continue reading

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Dementia Medication De-Listed in France: Untruth, Half-Truth or Paternalistic News Blackout? (BBC News / Prescrire / ADI / Inside Health / JAMA Network Open)

Summary Early evening headlines yesterday, on BBC Radio 4 news, announced the “shocking” news that drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease / dementia had been de-listed in France. This story has not been followed-up, and appears to have been dropped quietly; although … 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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More on International Comparisons in Life Expectancy: The Impact of Austerity? (BBC News / ONS / BMJ / NHS Choices)

Summary Increases in life expectancy in the UK may be slowing down; possibly at the fastest rate among the top twenty leading world economies. This slowdown effect was most apparent in women, where the rate of rising life expectancy fell … Continue reading

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Patterns Indicative of the Elastic Limits to Human Life-Span? (NHS Choices / Science)

Summary Italian research into longevity indicates that death rates tend to increase up to age 80, then decrease and actually level-off after the age of 105 years. This implies that the biological (absolute) limits to longevity may not yet have … Continue reading

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