Dementia

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.

Obesity plus metabolic factors speeds up cognitive decline

Obesity plus metabolic factors speeds up cognitive decline

Among metabolically abnormal individuals, the obese showed faster global cognitive decline.

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