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Social isolation is a risk factor for dementia in community-dwelling older people, study shows

Social isolation is a risk factor for dementia in community-dwelling older people, study shows

In two studies using nationally representative data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study collected on thousands of Americans, researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health have contributed significantly to the evidence that social isolation is a substantial risk factor for dementia in older people …

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Study: Association Between Consumption of Ultra-processed Foods and Cognitive Decline. Image Credit: Ekaterina Markelova / Shutterstock.com

Eating ultra-processed foods increases the risk of cognitive decline

In recent JAMA Neurology Researchers report that consumption of ultra-processed foods (UPF) increases the risk of cognitive decline, especially in middle-aged adults. Studies: Association between consumption of ultra-processed foods and cognitive decline. Image credit: Ekaterina Markelová / Shutterstock.com What factors contribute to dementia? In 2019, dementia was estimated to affect about 57 million worldwide, with …

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The green Mediterranean diet causes a significant reduction in visceral adipose tissue

The green Mediterranean diet causes a significant reduction in visceral adipose tissue

The Mediterranean Green Diet (MED) significantly reduces visceral adipose tissue, the type of fat around the internal organs that is much more dangerous than the extra “tire” around the waist. The green Mediterranean diet was pitted against the Mediterranean diet and a healthy diet in a large clinical intervention study – DIRECT PLUS. Subsequent analysis …

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Study: Sex Hormones, Sleep, and Memory: Interrelationships Across the Adult Female Lifespan. Image Credit: Photographee.eu / Shutterstock.com

How do female sex hormones affect sleep and memory?

According to recent reports, the number of individuals aged 65 and older is increasing exceptionally worldwide. In 2008, about 506 million belonged to this age group; however, researchers estimate that this will increase to 1.4 billion by 2040. This projected increase in older individuals suggests an increase in age-related health problems, particularly dementia and cognitive …

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Study: Vitamin D and brain health: an observational and Mendelian randomization study. Image Credit: Lightspring / Shutterstock

Study links low vitamin D levels to dementia risk

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published a study that describes the impact of vitamin D status on brain health. Study results show that vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of dementia. Study: Vitamin D and brain health: an observational and Mendelian randomization study. ​​​​​​​Image credit: Lightspring / Shutterstock Background Vitamin D, a precursor …

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“I need to keep that brain going”: Why Cathy has set up a support network for Alzheimer’s professionals

Cathy Roth was inspired to create an Alzheimer’s Professionals Support Network (PALZ) when her husband John, a former surgeon, was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. Key points: PALZ (Professionals with Alzheimer’s) started operations in Ballarat The support network recreates the work environment for group meetings The NGO also operates groups in Melbourne, Geelong, Sydney, …

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