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Married People Less Likely to Experience Dementia as They Age: Study

In addition, health-related factors such as behaviours and chronic conditions slightly influenced risk among the divorced and married, but did not seem to affect others

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A new study has found that married people are less likely to experience dementia as they age.

On the other hand, divorcees are about twice as likely as married people to develop dementia, the study indicated, with divorced men showing a greater disadvantage than divorced women.

“This research is important because the number of unmarried older adults in the US continues to grow. As people live longer and their marital histories become more complex, marital status is an important but overlooked social risk/protective factor for dementia,” said Hui Liu, Professor at Michigan State University.

For the study, published in The Journals of Gerontology, the researchers analysed nationally-representative data from the Health and Retirement Study, from 2000-2014.

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Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or other dementia, even if you have a genetic risk, a large study found. VOA

The researchers analysed more than 15,000 respondents aged 52 and older, and measured their cognitive function every two years.

They categorised people into four groups: divorced or separated, widowed, never married, and co-habiters. Among them, the divorced had the highest risk of dementia.

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The researchers also found differing economic resources only partly account for higher dementia risk among divorced, widowed and never-married respondents, but did not account for higher risk in co-habiters.

In addition, health-related factors such as behaviours and chronic conditions slightly influenced risk among the divorced and married, but did not seem to affect others. (IANS)

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Donepezil, A Drug Used For Alzheimer Disease, Doubles Hospitalisation Risk

Researchers have found that a drug, donepezil commonly used to manage symptoms of Alzheimer disease and other forms of dementia, is associated with a two-fold higher risk of hospitalisation

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Dementia is a growing problem, with almost 10 million newly diagnosed cases every year around the world. Pixabay

Researchers have found that a drug, donepezil commonly used to manage symptoms of Alzheimer disease and other forms of dementia, is associated with a two-fold higher risk of hospitalisation.

According to the study published in the journal Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), using donepezil increases the risk of hospital admission for rhabdomyolysis, a painful condition of muscle breakdown, compared with several other cholinesterase inhibitors.

Dementia is a growing problem, with almost 10 million newly diagnosed cases every year around the world, said the researchers.

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Dr. William Burke goes over a PET brain scan, Aug. 14, 2018 at Banner Alzheimers Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. VOA

“The findings of this population-based cohort study support regulatory agency warnings about the risk of donepezil-induced rhabdomyolysis,” said study researcher Jamie Fleet from McMaster University in Canada.

The study, led by researchers at Western University, looked at ICES data from 2002 to 2017 on 2,20,353 patients aged 66 years or older in Ontario, Canada, with a new prescription for donepezil, rivastigmine or galantamine, three cholinesterase inhibitors used to manage dementia and Alzheimer disease.

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The researchers found that donepezil was associated with a two-fold higher risk of hospitalisation for rhabdomyolysis, a serious condition that can result in kidney disease.

According to the findings, the relative risk was small but statistically significant. (IANS)