May 3, 2011 |
Packing on even a few extra pounds in midlife can increase the risk of developing dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, by 70% or more, Swedish researchers reported Monday. Earlier studies had shown an increased risk from being obese, but the new research reported in the journal Neurology is the first to show that simply being overweight is enough to increase the risk. "Our results contribute to the growing evidence that controlling body weight or losing weight in middle age could reduce your risk of dementia," co-author Dr. Weili Xu of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm said in a statement.
August 7, 2006 |
Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have identified risk predictors in middle age that could help identify people more likely to suffer dementia in later life. They include education, raised blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity and lack of exercise, which are similar to risk factors for heart disease and strokes. "The key point for all these factors is lifestyle changes," Miia Kivipelto, the lead researcher, said in an interview.
January 21, 2008
Marc Siegel's observations about the film "The Savages" reflect my own experience with a mother who died after a long and difficult battle with microinfarct dementia ["Movie's Details of Dementia Ring True," Jan. 14]. A few months earlier, the movie "Away From Her" presented a romanticized picture of a woman who had been placed in a fictional care facility that offered her a large, private, well-appointed room. It made no reference to incontinence, mood swings, others in the facility with devastating physical and mental impairments, nor the medical complications associated with the condition.
April 12, 2005 |
Elderly patients with dementia were significantly more likely to die prematurely if taking certain antipsychotic drugs, the government said in an advisory Monday to healthcare workers and patients. The Food and Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of atypical antipsychotic drugs to add to their labeling a boxed warning noting the risks and that the drugs were not approved to treat symptoms of dementia in the elderly.
August 30, 2007 |
Women who have their ovaries removed before menopause run a heightened risk of developing dementia or other mental problems later in life -- unless they take estrogen until age 50, a new study suggests. Experts said the research needed to be confirmed by further study, but the findings suggest another issue for premenopausal women and their doctors to discuss as they consider ovary removal.
July 5, 1989 |
The woman, a 65-year-old former psychologist diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease, was not always able to understand traffic signs. But her physician thought that she could probably still drive, so long as she stayed in her own familiar neighborhood and used her car for such simple activities as grocery shopping and going to church. One day, she risked a trip downtown. Lost, confused and disoriented, she misinterpreted a red light and drove straight into a busy intersection.
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September 7, 2012 |
Nobody disputes that 85-year-old Lorraine Sullivan steered her Toyota Corolla into oncoming traffic, causing a crash that killed her longtime boyfriend, who was in the front passenger seat. But she is not the one in a Santa Ana courtroom this week facing a wrongful death lawsuit for the 2010 accident. Her doctor is. Dr. Arthur Daigneault, who practices near the retirement community of Laguna Woods Village and caters to the elderly, is being sued by the family of William Powers.
July 20, 2003 |
The day I had been dreading came in the spring of 2000, about three years after my mother's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. She sat in my house and tearfully announced that she did not know who I was or where she was. When I introduced myself, she apologized, saying she must have been a terrible mother. It took me a moment to follow her line of thought: Because she had no memory of me, she assumed that we were estranged and that she was seeing me for the first time in decades.
June 21, 2003 |
Elderly people who frequently read, do crossword puzzles, practice a musical instrument or play board games cut their risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia by nearly two-thirds compared with people who seldom do such activities, researchers reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that volunteers who did crossword puzzles four days a week had a risk of dementia nearly half that of subjects who did puzzles weekly.
January 17, 2005 |
Weight loss in elderly men appears to be a harbinger of dementia and a contributing factor in their increasing frailty. Although preventing weight loss is unlikely to prevent mental decline, maintaining weight may help stave off the physical dependence on other people and the falls and poor wound healing that can accompany old age, said a report published in the January issue of Archives of Neurology journal.