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Posts from January 2017

Noisy hospitals can accelerate the course of dementia in elderly patients, experts have found. The confusion of busy waiting rooms or seeing different doctors and nurses can send patients into a rapid decline, according to a major study. 
The research, led by University College London and the University of Cambridge, is the first to show that becoming acutely confused and disorientated - a condition known as delirium - can accelerate cognitive decline among patients with dementia. Patients who enter this state often reveal the onset of dementia for the first time. 
Concussions drastically increase one's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, new research shows. Scans performed on wounded war veterans have revealed the clearest evidence to date that mild head injuries wear down the defenses of brain regions vulnerable to the disease.  
Until now, doctors considered severe traumatic brain injury a key risk factor for developing neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer's. 
A pill for Alzheimer’s is on the way thanks to an unlikely source of Brussels sprouts. The experts from Durham and Aberdeen universities are creating a supercharged version of the acid produced by vitamin A rich vegetables like sprouts, carrots, spinach and tomatoes. Scientists say the festive food contains a nutrient which combats neurological disorders including dementia. Human trials could begin in the next two years! 
A major study suggests Millions of people have a greater risk of developing dementia because they live near a busy road. Scientists have found people exposed to traffic fumes and noise were up to 12 per cent more likely to develop the disease. And among these people those at the highest risk are those living within 50 metres of a major road in which up to one in nine cases of dementia might be caused by traffic exposure. 
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