WITH the rising incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and its significant contribution to death in women (9.2%, ranked 3rd as cause of death) and men (4.3%, ranked 6th), it is imperative to address preventive strategies. 1
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HIGH oestrogen levels and diabetes can dramatically increase the risk of dementia in older women, a study has found.
MEN who consume more than two alcoholic drinks per day while in middle age may speed up their memory loss in later life by up to six years, a study has shown.
BILINGUAL individuals may be less likely to develop early dementia, a study suggests.
PEOPLE who speak two languages may be able to ward off dementia for years, regardless of their level of education.
ALTHOUGH fish and nuts are commonly believed to be good ‘brain food’, US researchers have found a high intake of omega-3 fatty acids appears to make no difference to the rate of cognitive decline in healthy older women.
VITAMIN B supplements may reduce the risk of stroke in selected patients, researchers have found.
PEOPLE who are obese are more likely to experience episodic migraines than those of normal weight, a study shows.
VERY fit young men may have a reduced risk of developing epilepsy later in life, researchers say.
THIS Update looks at common sleep disorders and discusses their management.
THE UNIVERSITY of Queensland has notified the state’s crime and misconduct commission after it was forced to retract a major international study into Parkinson’s disease over concerns the research may not have actually been carried out.
AIR FORCE and other high-flying pilots may be at increased risk of brain lesions linked to cognitive impairment and memory loss.
AN APPLE a day keeps the doctor away but two hot chocolates a day could help fight cognitive decline in older people, according to a study published in Neurology.
FURTHER study of potential links between anaemia and dementia may be warranted after a study found a possible connection between the two.
THE risk of stroke is higher for Chinese people than for Caucasians, according to a review.
THIS Update will discuss five common neurological disorders and their psychiatric associations.
ENGAGING in mentally stimulating activities throughout life independently protects the brain from cognitive decline, dementia researchers say.
MEN with restless legs syndrome (RLS) have an increased risk of mortality, research suggests.
THIS Update discusses the diagnosis and management of dementia.
EXPOSURE to pesticides or herbicides can increase the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s disease by up to 80%, researchers say after a meta-analysis.
AVOIDANCE of saturated fats, meat and dairy has been linked to a reduced risk of cognitive impairment and memory loss in the largest study of its kind to date.
IT is important to include complementary and alternative medicine in history-taking.
VASOVAGAL syncope may be heritable, according to Australian research at odds with the conclusions of a previous systematic review.
PATIENTS with sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (sCJD) may receive scores of differential diagnoses, a study shows.
USING beta-blockers and behavioural management together prevents migraine effectively and should be adopted alongside optimal acute care, US research suggests. Patients receiving a combined preventive approach had 3.3 fewer migraines over 30 days compared to those receiving optimal acute care alone, a study of 232 adults showed. The benefits of the dual approach were sustained up to 16 months; but behavioural management or beta-blockers were not effective in isolation, prompting calls for wider adoption of the dual approach. “Patient outcomes will not improve merely by writing a prescription for a preventive drug. Migraine is a complex ...
EXPERT opinion remains divided on risks versus benefits of NSAIDs, after research shows even low doses may raise the risk of stroke in healthy individuals. The findings, building on earlier work linking NSAIDs to cardiovascular (CV) mortality, have prompted calls for diclofenac to be withdrawn. The Danish study, presented recently at the European Society of Cardiology congress, reviewed data from more than a million patients prescribed an NSAID. Diclofenac use increased the risk of stroke by 86%, while ibuprofen increased it by 28 per cent. There was a dose-dependent relationship with both drugs. David Henry, ...
MENTALLY stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, playing cards and reading newspapers may at first slow the decline of cognitive skills in Alzheimer’s disease, but patients may pay a price later on. A US study of 1157 individuals (mean age 78 years) found those who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease had an increased rate of cognitive decline if they undertook more cognitive activity. Among those with mild cognitive impairment, the rate of cognitive decline was unrelated to the level of cognitive activity. In contrast, those free of cognitive impairment at baseline had slower cognitive decline if ...
MIGRAINE with aura can now be regarded as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. An Icelandic study, including 18,725 middle-aged people, found migraineurs with aura had a 27% increased risk of cardiovascular-related death compared with non-migraineurs. After 26 years follow-up, they also had a 21% increased risk of all-cause mortality. There was no such increased risk among those with non-migraine headache or migraine without aura. The association remained after adjusting for other risk factors. “Migraine with aura was an independent risk factor for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in both men and women, but ...
THE use of newer antiepileptic drugs, already associated with an increased risk of depression, has now been linked to a three-fold increased risk of self-harm or suicidal behaviour. A study of 453 potential cases, from a UK general practice database of 44,000 patients with epilepsy, showed those taking the antiepileptics had an increased risk of suicidal behaviour compared to non-users. However, the finding is based on a small number of cases, six people taking topiramate, levetiracetam, vigabatrin or tiagabine. Other new antiepileptics considered low risk – oxcarbazepine, lamotrigine, gabapentin and pregabalin – as well as conventional ...
Draft guidelines on assessing fitness to drive may make life a little easier for GPs, but some experts say they need to go much further. Caroline Brettingham-Moore reports.