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Study identifies everyday factors that may trigger dementia risk

Updated: Oct 12, 2016 12:10 IST      
Study identifies everyday factors that may trigger dementia risk

Washington D.C [USA], Oct. 12 (ANI): In a recent study, experts have created a shortlist of environmental factors that may possibly contribute to our risk of developing dementia.

The list includes exposure to air pollution and a lack of vitamin D but the evidence is not yet sufficient to draw solid conclusions.

Dementia is known to be associated with lifestyle factors such as high blood pressure in mid-life, smoking, diabetes, obesity, depression and low educational attainment, as well as genetic factors.

These risk factors however, leave around a third of dementia risk unexplained.

Researchers sought to determine whether other issues are at play, including the environment.

The team reviewed dozens of previous studies that have considered environmental risk factors linked to dementia.

They found that lack of vitamin D produced by the body through exposure to sunlight and air pollution was implicated, along with occupational exposure to some types of pesticide.

Excessive levels of minerals found in drinking water may be linked to the disease but the evidence was mixed.

Dementia is a major global public health crisis that is expected to grow as people live longer.

Almost 47 million people live with dementia worldwide and this is predicted to increase to more than 131 million by 2050.

Estimates indicate the disease costs the UK more than 26 billion Euros annually and worldwide dementia care, costs exceed the market value of Google or Apple each year.

There is a growing consensus among doctors that a significant proportion of cases could be prevented or delayed by addressing environmental factors linked to the disease.

The research was published in the journal BMC Geriatrics. (ANI)

Night-time symptoms- The lesser known side of COPD

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 15:47 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a condition that damages the lung airways causing a range of symptoms like chest tightness, breathlessness, wheezing and persistent cough, is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country.

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], August 22 (ANI): Not many are aware of the fact that India is on the edge of becoming the 'Diabetes Capital of the World' overtaking China, which earlier had the largest number of diabetics.

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Using quality stents is of utmost importance: Experts

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 10:35 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Stents are a powerful tool in the fight against heart disease and specialists have emphasised on the need of using quality stents for best patient outcomes.

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Washington D.C. [USA], August 22 (ANI): There may be no magical solution treating liver cancer or fatty liver disease, but knowing the right targets will help science develop the most effective treatments.

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Washington D.C. [USA], August 22 (ANI): According to a recent research, a group of researchers have found and validated a practical tool for identifying diabetes patients who are at the highest risk for being admitted to an emergency department or hospital due to severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood sugar.

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Study reveals potential target for alcohol liver disease

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 08:02 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], August 22 (ANI): In a recent research, the scientists have found a new protective response in the organ that might be targeted to help treat alcoholic liver disease.

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Mussel-inspired glue promises safer fetal surgery

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 09:04 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 21 (ANI): Whether to perform surgery on a fetus is a heart-wrenching decision, but now, a team of researchers has come up with glue that could one day make the procedures safer.

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Turns out, sugars in breastmilk keep bacteria at bay

Updated: Aug 21, 2017 07:59 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 21 (ANI): Mother's milk, which consists of a complex and continually changing blend of proteins, fats and sugars, helps protect babies against bacterial infections.

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Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 20 (ANI): Good news! Now an eye test can predict Alzheimer's disease two decades prior to symptoms emergence, claims a new study.

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Dengue: what you should know

Updated: Aug 20, 2017 07:01 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 20 (ANI): Dengue, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, causes about 50 to 100 million infections per year worldwide. According to the statistics by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, India has recorded over 33, 964 cases of dengue in 2017 so far.

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Quashing the claim against antidepressants

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 09:39 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 19 (ANI): A recent study has rebutted the claim that antidepressants do not work.

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Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 19 (ANI): Turns out, smokers are 20 percent more likely to quit if cigarettes cost a dollar more.

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New HIV-tracking approach paves way for better therapies

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 08:25 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 19 (ANI): A team of researchers has come up with a novel method of tracking HIV infection that could help lead to the development of novel therapies.

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Vitamin C may help genes to kill blood cancer stem cells

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 07:13 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 19 (ANI): Good news! A study has recently revealed that vitamin C may tell faulty stem cells in the bone marrow to mature and die normally, instead of multiplying to cause blood cancers.

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Vitamin D deficiency ups heart failure risk in older adults

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 07:07 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 19 (ANI): You may advise your grandparents to include dairy products, orange juice, soy milk and cereals in their diet, as a study has recently warned that vitamin D deficiency was linked with a 12.2-times increased risk of heart failure in older adults, especially men.

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Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 19 (ANI): A new study suggests that the smallpox vaccine might actually have come from horses, not cows.

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Sedentary urban life responsible for piles in youth

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 19:24 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 18 (ANI): Every year, almost 10 million people in India suffer from the pain of piles, a disease that is spreading fast due to stress, insomnia, constipation, and a growing inclination for fast food in the sedentary lifestyle of urbanites. Various studies suggest that every second individual in the world comes across piles at some point between 45 to 65 years of, and a large number of women experience piles (haemorrhoids) during pregnancy. The most alarming concern, however, is that teens and youths in their early twenties are also experiencing piles these days, and there is an urgent need to inculcate good food habits to combat the problem timely.

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All you need to know about Swine Flu

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 19:09 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 18 (ANI): Being a transferable disease, Swine Flu induces a panic in all of us whenever it infects even a single person. No one is invincible, but we can always practice better caution and cure.

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