Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s Association

cynical distrust and dementia

9 Mar

A paper in the journal Neurology reports on a correlation between cynical distrust in old age and dementia.  From the abstract:

“Higher cynical distrust in late life was associated with higher mortality, but this association was explained by socioeconomic position, lifestyle, and health status. Association between cynical distrust and incident dementia became evident when confounders were considered. This novel finding suggests that both psychosocial and lifestyle-related risk factors may be modifiable targets for interventions. We acknowledge the need for larger replication studies.”

As always, note that this is correlational research and does not prove causation.


Too much TV does not cause Alzheimer’s disease (but it does correlate with it)

29 Jul

Once again the media jump from correlational findings to make causal claims. Here is the headline in The Washington Post:

“Too much TV could raise the risk of Alzheimer’s, study suggests”

At least they qualified it with the words “study suggests.”

“Alzheimer’s Disease Hits Women Hardest”

22 Jul

Justin Williams reports:

“The estimated risk of a woman developing Alzheimer’s disease in her 60s is 1 in 6, the Alzheimer’s Association says, compared to 1 in 11 for breast cancer.”

According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

“Not only are women more likely to have Alzheimer’s, they are also more likely to be caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s. More than 3 in 5 unpaid Alzheimer’s caregivers are women – and there are 2.5 more women than men who provide 24-hour care for someone with Alzheimer’s.”



Remaining Lifetime Risk of Women Developing Alzheimer’s Disease and Breast Cancer, source Alzheimer’s Association

Online Alzheimer’s tests are not valid

16 Jul

The  Alzheimer’s Association International Conference is being held this week in Boston. The conference issued a press release stating:

“An expert panel found that 16 freely accessible online tests for Alzheimer’s disease scored poorly on scales of overall scientific validity, reliability and ethical factors, according to new data reported today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference”

You can read the entire press release here.

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