June 10, 2014

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1 Cynical Types More Prone to Dementia

Cynicism, defined as the belief that others are liars, selfish, and untrustworthy, is not only bad for one's physical health but for one's mental health as well, according to a study in the latest edition of the journal Neurology. The study, which had 1,449 people at an average age of 71 agree or disagree with a number of statements about "most people," found that those expressing the most cynical distrust were 2.54 times more likely to suffer from dementia than the least cynical were. The results complement previous studies which found trusting and optimistic people to have lower than average rates of dementia. Other research has found links between extreme cynicism and poor physical health vectors such as higher rates of coronary heart disease and deaths associated with cancer.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Middle Age Belly Fat Risk for Dementia

Tags: Causes of Dementia, Dementia, Mental Health, Cynicism, Cynicism and Dementia, Mental Outlook and Health

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2 Lifetime Cost of Caring for Those with Autism

An Autism Speaks study found that the lifetime cost of caring for someone with autism is $2.4 million if the person has intellectual disabilities and $1.4 million if they don’t. These are on top of the costs of raising a “typically developing” child, says Michael Rosanoff, director, public health research, Autism Speaks. David Mandell, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services, Univ. of Pennsylvania, says that 4 things have to change to reduce the cost of autism. They are: Greater job opportunities for adults on the spectrum, the improvement of adult care including less expensive residential options, more opportunities for families with autism to stay in the workplace and allocating money to diagnose and treat young children in order to reduce their disability and improve employability.

More at Www.USAToday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 1 in 110 Kids Has Autism

Tags: Autism, Autism Speaks, University of Pennsylvania, Lifetime Cost of Autism, David Mandell, Michael Rosanoff

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