Urgent Need for Research Into Psychedelic Tx for Older Adults

Older age is associated with many health conditions that could potentially benefit from psychedelic-assisted therapy, yet very few older adults have been included in clinical trials of psychedelics, new research shows. “Geriatric psychiatrists and others caring for older adults are interested in how much is known about psychedelic use in older adults,” study investigator C. … Read more

Watching TV, Using Computer Have Opposite Ties to Dementia Risk

Watching TV may increase your risk of dementia, while using a computer may lower it, new research suggests. The relationship to dementia with these activities remained strong no matter how much physical activity a person did, the authors wrote in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Both watching TV and using a computer have … Read more

Treating the Growing Population of Centenarians

For about the past year, Priya Goel, MD, can be seen cruising around the island of Manhattan as she makes her way between visits to some of New York City’s most treasured residents: a small but essential group of patients born before the Empire State Building scraped the sky and the old Yankee Stadium had … Read more

Metformin Linked With Less Dementia in People With Diabetes

The study covered in this summary was published on medRxiv as a preprint and has not yet been peer reviewed. Key Takeaways Why This Matters Type 2 diabetes is a well-established risk factor for dementia and PD, suggesting that metformin might reduce the risk of these neurodegenerative diseases, but findings from prior studies have been … Read more

Clean House, Healthy Mind? Chores May Lower Dementia Risk

Participating in certain physical and mentally stimulating activities may be protective against dementia, new research suggests. In a large prospective cohort study, individuals who regularly engaged in stenuous exercise had a 35% less risk of dementia, those who consistently did household chores had a 21% lower risk, and those who reported seeing friends and family … Read more

Liver Disease a New Dementia Risk Factor?

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is linked to an increased dementia risk, with an even greater risk in the setting of comorbid heart disease or history of stroke, new research shows. Investigators analyzed data for almost 3000 older individuals diagnosed with NAFLD and compared them with a large group of matched peers without NAFLD. At … Read more

Does Schizophrenia Need a Name Change?

The term schizophrenia carries an incredible load with it. It is not just a moniker for a serious mental condition but also a tool to support discrimination, shame, and condemnation, as multiple recent studies and surveys have shown. The evidence suggests that many of the insensitivities of decades and centuries past, though certainly much improved, … Read more

Mortality After Hip Fracture Greater in Patients With Dementia

Patients with dementia are six times more likely to die after sustaining a hip fracture than are those without dementia, new research shows. Preliminary results from a registry-based study also showed that the percentage of participants who could not walk 4 months after a hip operation was almost double for those with dementia than it … Read more

PTSD May Accelerate Cognitive Decline Over Time

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with accelerated cognitive decline over time, new research suggests. In an analysis of more than 12,000 middle-aged women who had experienced at least one trauma in their lives, those with PTSD symptoms showed an approximately two-fold faster decline in cognition during follow-up compared with those who did not have … Read more

Sleep Tied to Objective and Subjective Cognition

Amy Costa Poor objective sleep efficiency may contribute to older adults overestimating their cognitive abilities, preliminary findings from a pilot study of objective and subjective cognitive measures have shown. The pilot study underscored the important role of objective sleep measures to better understand discrepancies when patients’ own reports of everyday cognitive function don’t align with … Read more