Taking estrogen early in menopause could cut dementia risk, study finds
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(Claire Bugos/ Very Well Health) — Nearly two-thirds of the people who develop Alzheimer’s disease are women. For decades, researchers have sought to understand whether the loss of estrogen during menopause could be a major reason and whether hormone therapy could decrease women’s risk for  …

Therapeutic blankets created and designed for local hospital patient
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(CTV News) — A group of fashion design students have created 25 fidget blankets to help senior patients keep busy while in the hospital — but what’s a fidget blanket?

The blankets are lap sized quilts that offer sensory and tactile stimulator for the restless hands of those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, Windsor  …

Early indicators of dementia: 5 behaviour changes to look for after age 50
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(Daniella Vellone/ The Conversation) — Dementia is often thought of as a memory problem, like when an elderly person asks the same questions or misplaces things. In reality, individuals with dementia will not only experience issues in other areas of cognition like learning, thinking, comprehension and judgement, but  …

Untreated high blood pressure in over-60s increases dementia risk by 42%
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(Paul McClure/ New Atlas) — A new study has found that people over 60 with untreated high blood pressure have a greatly increased risk of developing dementia compared to those who take blood pressure medication. The findings suggest that maintaining treatment for high blood pressure throughout later life is important  …

How lifestyle changes could help prevent up to 40% of dementia cases
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(Stephanie Tremblay/ The Conversation) — A 65-year-old woman repeatedly seeks medical help for her failing memory. She is first told it’s nothing to worry about, then, a year later, that it’s “just normal aging.” Until finally, the penny drops: “It’s Alzheimer’s. There is no cure.”

Scenarios like this one are too common.  …

Alzheimer’s research offers hope of restoring some cognition
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(Canadian Press/ CTV News) — Canadian scientists are reporting an interesting advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, which offers hope that certain cognitive functions could be partially restored.

Researchers at Laval University, Quebec City, and the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, say they  …

Long-term use of acid reflux drugs linked to higher risk of dementia
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(Annie Lennox/ Medical News Today) — Long-term use of certain prescription acid reflux medications is linked to an elevated risk of dementia, according to a recent study.

Acid reflux happens when a muscle in the lower end of the esophagus relaxes at the wrong time and allows stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. When  …

Taking good care of your teeth may be good for your brain
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(Science Daily) — Taking good care of your teeth may be linked to better brain health, according to a study published in the July 5, 2023, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that gum disease and tooth loss were linked to brain shrinkage in the hippocampus,   …

How coffee could protect against Alzheimer’s
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(Ben Taub/ IFL Science) — Depending on who you listen to, coffee is either a superfood (well, superdrink) or a health hazard, yet a remarkable new study demonstrates that store-bought Java beans can be used to disrupt the formation of protein plaques that contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.  …

Chronic constipation is associated with cognitive decline
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(Grace Wade/ New Scientist) — A large study found that infrequent bowel movements are associated with a 73 per cent increased risk of cognitive decline, including deficits in memory and attention

Chronic constipation is associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline. The finding adds to a growing body   …

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