Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

Title: Certain Allergy, Depression Meds Tied to Higher Odds for DementiaCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/27/2015 12:00:00 AM
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There are a number of things that can increase the risk of dementia: age, of course, as well as certain genetic profiles and behaviors such as smoking and drinking. Some of the same things that contribute to heart disease, such as high cholesterol levels and the build up of plaques in the blood vessels, can also boost the chances of developing dementia. And in a large study published in JAMA Internal Medicine conducted in the UK, researchers report another possible factor: a group of drugs known as anticholinergics. These include prescription medications for treating depression, pulmonary disease, and Parkinson’s, as...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Brain Dementia Drugs Source Type: news
Many of today’s most popular drugs can make you forgetful. They inhibit your brain’s chemical messengers. And this blocks your concentration, memory and ability to focus. More specifically, these drugs block the activity of a neurotransmitter in your brain called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is directly involved in learning and memory. And blocking it is a risky business… I’ve seen confusion, memory loss, and declining mental skills in patients who take these drugs. New research confirms what I see in my own practice. One recent study found that people taking these kinds of drugs had shrunken ar...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news
ConclusionsMechanisms connecting depression to physical illness appear to involve alterations in the hypothalamic‐pituitary axis, unhealthy lifestyle, chronic or acute stressors including posttraumatic stress, an increase in C‐reactive protein (CRP) in men, taking antidepressant medication, and social and emotional loneliness. Clinical RelevanceA good patient–provider relationship can help to promote decreased acute or chronic stressors, increased family and social support, decreased loneliness, modification of unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol, control of CRP, and antide...
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ConclusionsMechanisms connecting depression to physical illness appear to involve alterations in the hypothalamic‐pituitary axis, unhealthy lifestyle, chronic or acute stressors including posttraumatic stress, an increase in C‐reactive protein (CRP) in men, taking antidepressant medication, and social and emotional loneliness. Clinical RelevanceA good patient–provider relationship can help to promote decreased acute or chronic stressors, increased family and social support, decreased loneliness, modification of unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, alcohol, control of CRP, and antide...
Source: Journal of Nursing Scholarship - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: CLINICAL SCHOLARSHIP Source Type: research
Scientists have shown that probiotics can improve memory and cognitive function in dementia patients.Alzheimer's Reading RoomThis research really caught my attention and I wanted to bring it into your awareness.One of the biggest problems I had with my mom was with the"dreaded bowel movement" in Alzheimer's care. It took me a while to convince my mom to drink prune juice.After a while I added a probiotic.The combination of coffee, prune juice, and a probiotic solved the bowel movment problem and after a couple of years of a constant nerve wracking problem - it never happened again. She went like clock work almost...
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Conclusion: Despite the significant burden mental disorders impose on society, investment and pharmaceutical innovation in this disease area remains comparatively low. Policymakers should consider new strategies to stimulate public and private investment in the research and development of novel and effective therapies to treat schizophrenia and other mental disorders. Introduction Over the last two decades, there have been remarkable breakthroughs in healthcare. These breakthroughs include the development of novel pharmaceutical treatments that have significantly improved outcomes for patients suffering from various medica...
Source: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience - Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tags: Bipolar Disorder Current Issue Drug Development Mental Disorders Mood Disorders Original Research Psychiatry Psychopharmacology disease burden expenditures major depressive disorder pharmaceutical innovation research and developmen Source Type: research
Growing up a musically-obsessed child in the 80's, Daryl Hall was one of my biggest inspirations. A masterful, inventive songwriter with an ocean of soul, he set me on the path to being an artist, to never waste a word, and to sing because I mean it. With six number ones and five additional top ten hits throughout the 70's and 80's Daryl Hall and John Oates are the number one duo in music history. Still at the top of his game at 69 years old, Daryl has won legions of new fans with his hit MTV Live show Live From Daryl's House. In February of 2015, at my very sickest from chronic Lyme and Bartonella, after it was missed b...
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By Brandon R. Peters, M.D. The news was enough to give you indigestion: Some of the over-the-counter and prescription medications most widely used to treat heartburn and acid reflux are linked to the development of dementia. The research suggesting a possible association is the latest in a string of implicated drugs over the past few years, including medications taken to treat anxiety, seizures, insomnia, and allergies. What is going on? Before emptying out the medicine cabinet, take a moment to consider the role of untreated obstructive sleep apnea. Scientific research can be difficulty to contextualize, especially when i...
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Conclusion: Aripiprazole may be useful for treatment of apathy syndrome. Its role in treatment of apathy requires further investigation in clinical trials. Introduction Apathy is a profound loss of motivation not attributed to decreased level of consciousness, cognitive impairment, or emotional distress.[1] Apathy refers to a set of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive features such reduced interest and participation of activities of daily life. Another prime characteristic is lack of initiative or an absence of responsiveness to stimuli as demonstrated by a lack of self initiated action.[2] Apathy is highly prevalent in n...
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Conclusions The present findings support the inflammatory hypothesis in the aetiology of AD as measured by several cytokine genes associated with increased proinflammatory cytokine production.
Source: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry - Category: Neurosurgery Authors: Tags: Genetics, Immunology (including allergy), Dementia, Drugs: CNS (not psychiatric), Memory disorders (psychiatry), Mood disorders (including depression), Psychiatry of old age, Drugs: musculoskeletal and joint diseases Neuropsychiatry Source Type: research
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