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Adult Education Classes Could Be a Buffer Against Alzheimer's

Adult Education Classes Could Be a Buffer Against Alzheimer`sFRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who take adult education classes may lower their risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, Japanese research suggests.Middle-aged folks and older people in adult education classes had a 19% lower risk of developing dementia within five years, the researchers found."We also found that nonverbal reasoning performance was well preserved in the adults taking education classes, even after adjusting for genetic factors and baseline performance," said lead researcher Hikaru Takeuchi. He is an associate professor at the Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan.To explain these findings, Takeuchi speculated that keeping the brain active might have a biological effect in the body that...

Gut Troubles Could Be Early Signal of Parkinson's Disease

25 August 2023
Gut Troubles Could Be Early Signal of Parkinson`s DiseaseFRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It might not seem like constipation or difficulty swallowing could signal a neurological problem, but new research suggests that these gut conditions could be an early indicator of Parkinson’s disease.Gastrointestinal symptoms are also thought to precede the development of cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, brain aneurysm or Alzheimer’s disease. It has previously been suggested that gut conditions may appear before Parkinson’s disease.Researchers, including Dr. Pankaj Pasricha from Mayo Clinic Arizona in Scottsdale, used data from a U.S. nationwide medical record network (TriNetX) to compare more than 24,000 people who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease of unknown cause with those who had been diagnosed with other...

Extreme Heat Taxes the Brain, and Some Face Higher Risks

24 August 2023
Extreme Heat Taxes the Brain, and Some Face Higher RisksTHURSDAY, Aug. 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- With 2023 predicted to be the hottest year on record, a new study is pointing to another potential consequence of heat waves: faster declines in older adults' memory and thinking skills.The study, of nearly 9,500 older U.S. adults, found that those with greater exposure to heat waves over 12 years also showed a steeper decline in cognitive function -- critical mental skills like memory, reasoning and judgment.The connection was specifically seen among older Black Americans and those living in poorer neighborhoods -- groups who typically have fewer resources to protect themselves from scorching summer heat.Experts stressed that the findings show only an association between heat and cognitive decline, and cannot pin the blame on temperature...

1 Billion People Worldwide Will Suffer From Arthritis by...

22 August 2023
1 Billion People Worldwide Will Suffer From Arthritis by 2050TUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The degenerative joint disease osteoarthritis affects 15% of the global population over age 30, so by 2050 that could be nearly 1 billion people, researchers say. Living longer and obesity are both major contributors. “With the key drivers of people living longer and a growing world population, we need to anticipate stress on health systems in most countries,” said study author Jaimie Steinmetz, lead research scientist at Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle.“There is no effective cure for osteoarthritis right now, so it’s critical that we focus on strategies of prevention, early intervention, and making expensive, effective treatments like joint replacements more affordable in low- and middle-income...

Eye Scans Could Spot Parkinson's in Earliest Stages

22 August 2023
Eye Scans Could Spot Parkinson`s in Earliest StagesTUESDAY, Aug. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- British researchers may have found a way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease several years sooner.Researchers at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital say that eye scans may be able to detect signs of Parkinson’s up to seven years before diagnosis.“I continue to be amazed by what we can discover through eye scans. While we are not yet ready to predict whether an individual will develop Parkinson’s, we hope that this method could soon become a pre-screening tool for people at risk of disease," said lead author Dr. Siegfried Wagner, of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital. “Finding signs of a number of diseases before symptoms emerge means that, in the future, people could have the time to make...

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