September 11, 2014

Shown to Boost the Risk by 51%

1 Xanax and Valium Linked to Alzheimer’s

French and Canadian researchers who studied 1,800 Alzheimer's patients for over six years and compared them to nearly 7,200 control group cases determined that older individuals who had used benzodiazepines for three months or longer were 51 percent more likely to later be diagnosed with the degenerative disease. Benzodiazepines are widely prescribed to alleviate sleep disorders, anxiety, and panic attacks, and are sold under such brand names as Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin. The patients had used the drugs at least five years prior to their initial Alzheimer's diagnosis. Previous studies have found associations between benzodiazepines and difficulties with memory and cognition, and the American Geriatrics Society now lists these drugs as inappropriate for older adults.

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

Previously: Cognitive Exercises Don't Prevent Alzheimer's

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, Xanax and Alzheimer's, Valium and Alzheimer's, Causes of Alzheimer's

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May Be Spreading

2 Virus Sickens Dozens of Children in Midwest

A respiratory virus that has sickened dozens of children in the Midwest may be spreading to other states, reports the Centers for Disease Control. The human enterovirus is reported every year, typically in the summer and fall. However, hospitals in the Midwest are reporting high numbers of a particularly virulent strain this year. The current outbreaks seem to be limited to children and those with asthma are particularly susceptible. There is no antiviral treatment or vaccine for the illness says Dr. Chris Nyquist, Children’s Hospital, Colorado. Children who contract human enterovirus 68 may be feverish, sick and coughing for a week or two and their breathing may be labored, especially those with already compromised respiratory systems.

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

Previously: New Respiratory Virus Detected

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Human Enterovirus 68, Dr. Chris Nyquist, Children's Hospital of Colorado, Respiratory Illness

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