Dementia

Seven-Item Pain Intensity Measure Reliable in Individuals With Dementia

Seven-Item Pain Intensity Measure Reliable in Individuals With Dementia

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A 7-item pain intensity measure for persons with dementia has shown initial validity and reliability.

Combo Physical, Mental Activity Prevents Cognitive Decline

Combo Physical, Mental Activity Prevents Cognitive Decline

Benefits seen were greater than for social interaction alone in older black population.

Poor Glycemic Control Associated With Higher Risk for Dementia in Older Adults With T1D

Poor Glycemic Control Associated With Higher Risk for Dementia in Older Adults With T1D

Repeated exposure to high levels of HbA1c was associated with increased risk for dementia in a cohort of patients age ≥50 with type 1 diabetes.

Both Abstinence and High Alcohol Use Linked to Dementia

Both Abstinence and High Alcohol Use Linked to Dementia

Increased dementia risk for those with abstinence or with drinking 14 units alcohol/week in midlife.

Higher Blood Pressure at Mid-Life Increases Dementia Risk

Higher Blood Pressure at Mid-Life Increases Dementia Risk

Findings for those with systolic BP 130 mm Hg at age 50 years

Visual Test Improves Prediction of Dementia in Primary Care

Visual Test Improves Prediction of Dementia in Primary Care

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Administering a visual association test in patients with a small decline on the Mini-Mental State Examination during a 2-year period has substantial incremental value for identifying those at elevated risk for developing dementia.

Some Anticholinergic Drugs May Be Linked to Dementia

Some Anticholinergic Drugs May Be Linked to Dementia

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Anticholinergic drugs for depression, urologic conditions, or Parkinson disease are associated with potential dementia occurrences up to 20 years after drug exposure.

Clinically Significant Anxiety Tied to Subsequent Dementia Risk

Clinically Significant Anxiety Tied to Subsequent Dementia Risk

Review of 4 studies shows positive link for clinically significant anxiety in midlife, future dementia

Alcohol use disorders are major risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are major risk factor for dementia

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Alcohol use disorders are the strongest modifiable risk factors for onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia.

Dementia risk linked to apathy, depression in older adults

Dementia risk linked to apathy, depression in older adults

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Apathy and depressive symptoms are independently associated with incident dementia in community-dwelling older people.

Body mass index and dementia risk: Is there a connection?

Body mass index and dementia risk: Is there a connection?

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Higher BMI is associated with increased dementia risk when weight was measured more than 20 years before dementia diagnosis, but this association is reversed when BMI was assessed less than 10 years before dementia diagnosis.

Mid-adulthood hypertension linked to dementia risk in women

Mid-adulthood hypertension linked to dementia risk in women

Among women, but not men, mid-adulthood hypertension correlated with a 65% increased dementia risk.

Individuals born in states with high stroke mortality have increased risk of dementia

Individuals born in states with high stroke mortality have increased risk of dementia

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Birth in a high stroke mortality state was associated with a significantly increased risk of dementia.

Dementia risk not increased by proton pump inhibitors

Dementia risk not increased by proton pump inhibitors

However, those who used PPIs were also more likely to use anticholinergic medicines that have been linked to cognitive difficulties.

Physical activity may not reduce the risk of dementia

Physical activity may not reduce the risk of dementia

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Results from a 27-year follow-up study found no association between physical activity and a lower risk of dementia.

Regular proton pump inhibitor use associated with an increased risk of dementia in the elderly

Regular proton pump inhibitor use associated with an increased risk of dementia in the elderly

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Regular proton pump inhibitor use in the elderly was associated with an increased risk of incident dementia compared with no proton pump inhibitor use, according to researchers.

Dementia rates decline over the last decade in the United States

Dementia rates decline over the last decade in the United States

The prevalence of dementia dropped about 24% between 2000 and 2012.

The bravery of people with dementia

The bravery of people with dementia

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Facing dementia with strength and courage can inspire and comfort patients' families.

Proton pump inhibitors linked with increased dementia risk

Proton pump inhibitors linked with increased dementia risk

Both prescription and OTC proton pump inhibitors have been linked to an increased risk for development of dementia.

Minimal benzodiazepine use associated with slightly higher risk of dementia

Minimal benzodiazepine use associated with slightly higher risk of dementia

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Patients administered low doses of benzodiazepines have an elevated risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease compared with patients who received higher doses.

Increasing weight loss linked to mild cognitive impairment in older adults

Increasing weight loss linked to mild cognitive impairment in older adults

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People who lose greater amounts of weight per decade later in life have an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment.

Cholinesterase inhibitors may lead to weight loss in elderly adults with dementia

Cholinesterase inhibitors may lead to weight loss in elderly adults with dementia

Older adults with dementia who took cholinesterase inhibitors had an increased risk of weight loss.

More diabetes complications increase dementia risk

More diabetes complications increase dementia risk

Diabetes patients who had a greater number of diabetes-related complications had an increased risk for dementia.

Anticholinergic drugs and
 dementia

Anticholinergic drugs and
 dementia

Research findings suggest the link between dementia risk and anticholinergic medications may persist and may not be reversible years after people stop taking these drugs.

Dementia patients often prescribed questionable medications

Dementia patients often prescribed questionable medications

Many nursing home residents incur substantial costs associated with questionable medication prescriptions.

Alcohol abuse may increase dementia risk

Alcohol abuse may increase dementia risk

The odds of severe memory impairment more than doubled with a history of alcohol use disorders.

Midlife activity may stave off dementia

Midlife activity may stave off dementia

Leisure-time physical activity has previously been shown to have a positive impact on health.

Cynical distrust in seniors linked to dementia, mortality

Cynical distrust in seniors linked to dementia, mortality

After adjustments, researchers suggest psychosocial and life-style related risk factors may be modifiable targets for intervention.

Top 5 PA medical topics of 2013

Top 5 PA medical topics of 2013

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The AAPA's Clinical Health Affairs Commission cites childhood immunization, post-traumatic stress disorder, obesity, celiac disease and dementia as topics to watch in 2013.

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