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2022

Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for Dementia

Everyday Activities That Can Cut Your Odds for DementiaFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Reading, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends might help lower your risk of dementia, a new study suggests."Previous studies have shown that leisure activities were associated with various health benefits, such as a lower cancer risk, a reduction of atrial fibrillation, and a person’s perception of their own well-being," said study author Lin Lu, of Peking University Sixth Hospital in Beijing, China. "However, there is conflicting evidence of the role of leisure activities in the prevention of dementia. Our research found that leisure activities like making crafts, playing sports or volunteering were linked to a reduced risk of dementia," Lu added.For the new study, Lu and his team reviewed 38 studies that included more than 2...

When Older Dogs' Hearing Fades, Risk of Dementia Rises

12 August 2022
When Older Dogs` Hearing Fades, Risk of Dementia RisesFRIDAY, Aug. 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When dogs' hearing fades, their mental skills follow, new research reveals.For the study, the researchers examined the link between hearing loss in aging dogs and dementia. The findings shed light on ways sensory loss affects canine cognition (thinking skills) and could lead to better treatment of aging dogs.“In humans, we know that age-related hearing loss is estimated to affect one-third of people over age 65,” said corresponding author Dr. Natasha Olby, a professor at North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine. “We also know that the rate of cognitive decline is approximately 30% to 40% faster in people with age-related hearing loss and that hearing loss is a greater contributor to dementia risk than other factors...

Vegetarian Women at Higher Odds for Hip Fracture

11 August 2022
Vegetarian Women at Higher Odds for Hip FractureTHURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Record numbers of people are turning to plant-based diets to take advantage of the many health benefits they offer, but this may come at the expense of their bones, a new study suggests.Exactly what did researchers find? Middle-aged women who never eat meat may be more likely to break a hip than women who regularly consume meat and/or fish.More study is needed to understand why vegetarians seem to be at greater risk for hip fractures, but researchers suspect that low body mass index (BMI) and nutrient shortfalls play a role. “Whilst a lower BMI is beneficial for many health conditions, being underweight can lead to insufficient fat mass, and poor bone and muscle health, which can each increase hip fracture risk,” said study author James...

Smoking Still Ends 123,000 American Lives Each Year

10 August 2022
Smoking Still Ends 123,000 American Lives Each YearWEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarettes are still responsible for far too many cancer deaths every year in the United States, a new study finds. In 2019, nearly 123,000 U.S. cancer deaths were from cigarette smoking (30% of all U.S. cancer deaths), leading to nearly $21 billion in annual lost earnings. These losses were much higher in states with weaker tobacco control laws, particularly in the South and Midwest, the researchers reported."Our study provides further evidence that smoking continues to be a leading cause of cancer-related death and to have a huge impact on the economy across the U.S.," said researcher Dr. Farhad Islami, senior scientific director of cancer disparity research at the American Cancer Society. "We must continue to help individuals to quit...

Rural Americans With Early Alzheimer's Find It Tough to See Specialists

9 August 2022
Rural Americans With Early Alzheimer`s Find It Tough to See SpecialistsTUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Rural Americans with early-onset Alzheimer's disease are less likely than city dwellers to see a specialist and undergo tests that can help them and their families manage, new research reveals.While most Alzheimer's patients are over 65, about 6% develop the disease between the ages of 30 and 65. Typically, their mental decline is faster and more pronounced than that of older folks. "These people are young -- in their 50s and early 60s -- and many are still the major family caregivers to older family members and children. They're still working, paying mortgages and living active lives," said researcher Wendy Yi Xu, an associate professor in the College of Public Health at Ohio State University. "If you're able to diagnose it early enough, the...
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