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‘Social prescribing' may help lonely older adults to avoid harmful sedatives and painkillers

1 month ago   |   By News Medical

Lonely, older adults are nearly twice as likely to use opioids to ease pain and two-and-a-half times more likely to use sedatives and anti-anxiety medications, putting themselves at risk for drug dependency, impaired attention, falls and other accidents, and further cognitive impairment, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco.
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Clinical scale useful for measuring behavioral change in frontotemporal dementia

Clinical scale useful for measuring behavioral change in frontotemporal dementia

1 month ago   |   By Healio

A validated clinical scale detected early behavioral change in frontotemporal dementia, according to study results presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.
“The behavioral variant is the most common subtype of frontotemporal dementia , and behavioral dysfunction is the key feature, so it's important that we have validated assessment scales that focus specifically on the behavioral features to measure the presence and the severity of the disease,” Annabel Nelson, BSc, of the Institute of Neurology at the University College London, said during a
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Physical activity may reduce older adults' all-cause dementia risk

Physical activity may reduce older adults' all-cause dementia risk

1 month ago   |   By Healio

Physical activity may reduce age-associated risk for all-cause dementia among older adults, according to results of a population-based cohort study presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference.
“Aging is the strongest risk factor for dementia,” Natan Feter, MS, of the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil, said during a virtual presentation. “However, we also know that about half of the cases of dementia in the U.K. might be attributable to multiple risk factors, including, but not only, physical inactivity. Therefore, the aim of this study was to
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