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Veterans May Face Lower Risk for CTE Than Ex-Athletes

Veterans May Face Lower Risk for CTE Than Ex-AthletesFRIDAY, June 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A degenerative brain condition uncovered in some former professional athletes has been reported in military veterans as well, but a new study suggests it's uncommon and questions whether service itself confers the risk.At issue is a condition called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a form of progressive brain degeneration believed to be caused by repeated impacts to the head over the course of years.CTE has most famously been identified in some former pro football players, including Frank Gifford and Junior Seau, through brain autopsies performed after their deaths.But researchers have also detected CTE in brain autopsies from athletes who played other contact sports, like hockey and boxing, as well as some military veterans. The...

Another Smoking Hazard for Men: Brittle Bones

10 June 2022
Another Smoking Hazard for Men: Brittle Bones FRIDAY, June 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- You can add more risk of broken bones to the long list of health harms that smoking poses to men. Along with cancer and respiratory diseases, men who smoke have a significantly increased risk of osteoporosis, fractures and early death, a new study finds.Previous research has shown that men are more likely to smoke and to have a higher risk of smoking-related health problems than women.In this new paper, researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas conducted a meta-analysis of 27 studies that included data on nearly 30,000 cases of broken bones over the past three decades and concluded that smoking increases a man's risk of breaking a bone by as much as 37%."Smoking is a major risk factor for osteoporosis and risk of fracture," said...

Shingles Won't Raise Risk for Dementia: Study

9 June 2022
Shingles Won`t Raise Risk for Dementia: StudyTHURSDAY, June 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you've survived a painful bout of shingles, at least you won't have to worry that it might raise your future risk of dementia, new research indicates.Shingles, caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus, results in a blistering rash from nerve inflammation, and there has been speculation that the inflammation may boost the chances of a dementia diagnosis down the road, so a team of scientists decided to investigate. They analyzed data from more than 247,000 people in Denmark who visited a hospital or were prescribed antiviral medication for shingles over the course of 20 years, and 1.2 million age- and sex-matched people without the illness. The average age of people in the study was 64. Of those who had shingles, 9.7% developed...

Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

9 June 2022
Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests THURSDAY, June 9, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Staying connected to others may help protect your brain as you age, new research reveals.The study showed that social isolation — but not loneliness — can cause changes to certain brain structures and increase the risk of dementia. The findings suggest that social isolation could be used as predictor of dementia risk, the British researchers added. "There is a difference between social isolation, which is an objective state of low social connections, and loneliness, which is subjectively perceived social isolation," said Edmund Rolls, a neuroscientist in the University of Warwick's department of computer science. "Both have risks to health but ... we have been able to show that it is social isolation, rather than the feeling of...

Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson's Onset

8 June 2022
Nightmares Can Sometimes Warn of Parkinson`s OnsetWEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Nightmares can be unsettling for anyone, but new research from Britain suggests that bad dreams may signal the start of Parkinson's disease in some older adults."Although it can be really beneficial to diagnose Parkinson’s disease early, there are very few risk indicators and many of these require expensive hospital tests or are very common and nonspecific, such as diabetes," explained study author Abidemi Otaiku, from the University of Birmingham's Centre for Human Brain Health."While we need to carry out further research in this area, identifying the significance of bad dreams and nightmares could indicate that individuals who experience changes to their dreams in older age -- without any obvious trigger -- should seek medical advice,"...

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