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For nursing home residents with dementia taking statins, most continue statins with the progression to advanced dementia, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience conference presented study results showing that a blood test can predict Alzheimer’s disease up to a decade before onset.
Diabetes, particularly poorly controlled diabetes, seems to be associated with late-life dementia. Study results show that African Americans with longstanding diabetes are at risk for accelerated cognitive decline.
Patients who have hypertension may be at increased risk for cognitive decline and dementia. According to a study published in the October 2014 issue of JAMA Neurology, researchers have been trying to elucidate the timing and mechanism by which elevated blood pressure robs patients’ thinking abilities.
Frontal lobe lesions can cause personality and social cognition impairment. Some data suggested that 2 types of patients – those with prefrontal lesions and those with the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia – experience similar distractibility, personality changes, and social inappropriateness. Patients with either diagnosis also experienced profoundly impaired moral reasoning, yet few studies have compared these patients.
Overtreatment with anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation may double risk for dementia, a new study suggests. The study findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 15 to 19 in Chicago.
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