Nightmares in Middle- and Old-Age May Signal Dementia

Among a group of 3,200 adults in mid-life and old age, researchers observed that those who have nightmares on a weekly basis (or more frequently) are four times more likely to experience cognitive decline in middle age and two times more likely to develop dementia in their later years. eClinical Medicine, September 2022

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Fermented Soybeans May Lower Dementia Risk

While a recent study that looked at diet and health data concerning nearly 40,000 Japanese adults showed no association between total soy intake and dementia risk, researchers did observe that a high intake of the fermented soybean food product known as natto is linked to a 22% lower risk for dementia. European Journal of Nutrition,…

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Suicide Rates Increased in 2021.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the suicide rate in the United States increased in 2021 much as it had between 2000 and 2018, despite a drop in 2019 and 2020. Mental health experts hope the national rollout of the 988 suicide and crisis lifeline can help reverse course. Vital Statistics Rapid…

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Digital Self Harm?

A survey of nearly 5,000 adolescents revealed that 9% had anonymously posted negative comments about themselves on their social media posts. Further analysis show that such individuals were five times more likely to have contemplated suicide. Researcher Dr. Robin Kowalski explains, “People who commit suicide feel that the world would be better off without them,…

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Lifestyle Traits That Can Reduce Dementia Risk in Type 2 Diabetics

Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at an elevated risk for dementia; however, a recent study found that diabetics can substantially reduce their risk for the condition by not smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, getting regular exercise; eating a healthy diet; getting adequate sleep; avoiding prolonged sedentary behavior; and maintaining a healthy social life. Neurology,…

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Blood Type May Influence Stroke Risk

Following a review of health histories of nearly 17,000 people, researchers report that individuals with type A blood are 16% more likely suffer a stroke before age 60 than those with other blood types. On the other hand, the risk is lowest for those with type O blood. The researchers explain that type O blood…

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The Brain Functions Differently with ADHD

Functional MRI scans of 360 children and teens revealed that those with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) exhibited altered function in several brain networks, including those involved with attention, executive function, and processing visual and sensory information. Molecular Psychiatry, July 2022

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Hearing Loss Linked to Depression

Following a review of data from the Aidai Cohort study, researchers report that hearing loss in middle age is associated with a 2.7 times increased risk for depressive symptoms. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, September 2022

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