Over half of those with COVID-19 on mental health wards also had dementia

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New research published October 5 in the scientific journal The Lancet Psychiatry reports that over half of those who contracted COVID-19 on mental health wards also had dementia.

It is the first study to look at the effect of COVID-19 on those with dementia during the height of the pandemic in London. The researchers led by Prof Livingston at University College London found:

  • Of those with COVID-19 in mental health wards over half (56%) had dementia
  • Those on mental health wards received resources later than those admitted locally
  • Wards (on average) received COVID-19 testing kits four and a half days after the first clinical COVID-19 presentation.

Researchers collected information from five London mental health NHS trusts in spring 2020 (1st March to 30th April).

They then calculated the total number of COVID-19 and analyzed patients’ symptoms, treatments, and outcomes.

They found those in mental health wards

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Mercy Medical Center receives $2 million donation for new dementia care center

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mercy Medical Center has received a $2 million donation for the creation of a center focused on dementia-related services.

Mercy Medical Center Foundation announced that the family of Cedar Rapids couple Chris and Suzy DeWolf gifted the funds this past week for the formation of the Chris and Suzy DeWolf Family Innovation Center for Aging and Dementia.

According to Mercy officials, the center will be “a hub of research, training and education” to help those who are aging and have chronic conditions — most notably, dementia — “live their lives with purpose.”

The Innovation Center is set to be part of Mercy’s new HallMar Village, a new senior living facility that’s scheduled to begin construction in spring 2021.

Echo Hill Presbyterian Church, a 23,000-square foot building located at 9000 C Ave NE in Marion, will be renovated to house the new center.

“We see this gift as

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Antidepressants and Alzheimer’s; CTE and Sleep; Vitamin D and Dementia

The antidepressant drug escitalopram (Lexapro) lowered Aβ42 levels in the cerebrospinal fluid of cognitively normal older adults; the drug also acutely reduced brain interstitial fluid Aβ by 25% in a separate study, and significantly reduced plaque load in an Alzheimer’s mouse model. (Neurology)

More dementia patients died this year than usual, in part due to cognitive and physical deterioration caused by social isolation during the pandemic, a Washington Post analysis suggested.

One hundred years of neurology and epidemic infections: the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry looks back.

Fiber optic cable will be implanted in the brains of Parkinson’s patients to deliver pulses of near-infrared light to the substantia nigra in a small French study. (Science)

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy was tied to REM sleep behavior disorder symptoms in contact sports athletes. (Acta Neuropathologica)

Smoking tripled the risk of dying from subarachnoid hemorrhage, a large

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Study: Too much or too little sleep may increase dementia risk

Sept. 21 (UPI) — Getting too much or too little sleep may increase the risk for cognitive decline, or dementia, in older adults, according to a study published Monday by JAMA Network Open.

In an analysis of the sleep habits of more than 20,000 English and Chinese adults age 48 to 75, people who slept for fewer than four hours or more than 10 hours per day showed evidence of declines in cognitive function, including memory and language comprehension, researchers said.

“This study is an observational study and cannot demonstrate a causal relationship,” study co-author Yanjun Ma told UPI, so the findings don’t necessarily prove that lack of sleep or excessive sleep causes a decline in cognitive function.

Observational studies are intended to assess only the effect of an intervention — in this case, sleep — on study participants, without trying to modify it to compare differences.

It’s possible that

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Alzheimer’s disease: Is my senior moment the start of dementia?

Incidence increases dramatically as people move into their 90s. About 5% of those ages 71 to 79 have dementia, and about 37% of those about 90 years old live with it.
Older people may worry about their own loss of function as well as the cost and toll of caregiving for someone with dementia. A 2018 study estimated the lifetime cost of care for a person with Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, to be US$329,360. That figure, too, will no doubt rise, putting even more burdens on family, Medicare and Medicaid.
There has also been a good deal of talk and reporting about dementia in recent months because of the US presidential election. Some voters have asked whether one or both candidates might have dementia. But, is this even a fair question to ask? When these types of questions are posed — adding further stigma to people with
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