November 6, 2013

A Reason to Study

1 Second Language Can Delay Dementia Five Years

Speaking a second language may delay dementia by up to five years, suggest researchers at the University of Edinburgh and India's Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences. Compared to people who speak just one language, those who speak two or more languages, and who develop dementia, often have a delay of up to five years before the start of the disease. Researchers found that those who spoke multiple languages had a later onset for several types of diseases, including vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The study involved 650 dementia patients. Findings are published in Neurology.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Middle Age Belly Fat Risk for Dementia

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia, Journal Neurology, Reasons Speak Second Language, University of Edinburgh, Vascular Dementia

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No Deaths, Few Complications

2 Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Shows Promise

Adolescent bariatric surgery may be a safe treatment for teens with severe obesity. Research from a landmark study found no deaths among the 242 severely obese adolescents with health complications who received bariatric surgery and participated in the study from 2007 to 2012. Plus, 77 percent of the teens who had the weight-loss surgery experienced no complications. Additional surgery was performed on 8 percent of patients. The average age of research participants was 17 with a BMI of 50.5. Researchers continue to study the long-term risks and benefits for adolescent bariatric surgery. The only adolescents who qualify to receive bariatric surgery have poor quality of life and significant organ damage. The study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Study Links Teen Obesity, Low Vitamin D Levels

Tags: Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Obese Teenagers, Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, JAMA Pediatrics, Bariatric Surgery Safety Teens

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