Mental Health

1:22pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Middle-Aged Women, Stress May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 3:27 pm

Stressed out? Who isn't? Stress can cause physical changes in the brain that may be linked to Alzheimer's.
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Like most middle-aged women, I am stressed out. The work, the family, the aging parents — all things that jolt me awake at 3 a.m.

Does this mean I'm setting myself up for Alzheimer's in old age? Well, maybe.

Researchers in Sweden say that women who reported stress in midlife from experiences like divorce or a family member's illness were more likely to have dementia or Alzheimer's disease in old age.

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6:55am

Fri September 27, 2013
StoryCorps

Dad To Son: 'I Was Not Going To Let You Drop'

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:41 am

Josh Lampert started having psychotic episodes in college. He's now 32, and he sat down with his father, Chuck, to remember what that struggle was like for both of them.
StoryCorps

Josh Lampert started having psychotic episodes in college, when he was 19 and living in Seattle.

"My diagnosis was psychotic depression," he told his father, Chuck, during a visit to StoryCorps. "You can hallucinate sounds and smells and tastes. And my mistake was doing drugs, because sometimes the line got blurred of what is real and what isn't. Other people seemed like they had so much — social relationships and girlfriends, and I was just trying to function."

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11:43am

Thu September 26, 2013
The Salt

Why Can't Fish Oil Supplements Keep Our Brains Sharp?

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 12:22 pm

If you eat fish, rather than take a fish-oil supplement, is there more likely to be a benefit? There's more than a suggestion that this is indeed the case.
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Lots of people think of fish as brain food. And there's good reason.

Many kinds of fish — think salmon, sardines, tuna — contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, a class of polyunsaturated fat, which have been shown to fight inflammation and improve the function of our neurons.

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4:16pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Health

Report: Cases Of Elderly Dementia To Nearly Triple By 2050

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 4:25 pm

A woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease holds the hand of a relative in a retirement house in Angervilliers, France.
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By the middle of the century, the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia will nearly triple, severely straining caregiving resources, the charity Alzheimer's Disease International says in a new study released Thursday.

Currently, some 100 million people globally suffer from the potentially fatal disease. That number is expected to increase to 277 million by 2050, as the graying population increases, The World Alzheimer's Report 2013 says.

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9:39am

Wed September 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Around The World, Gun Ownership And Firearms Deaths Go Together

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:25 am

Flags fly at half-staff Tuesday after the deadly shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

A study on guns, violence and mental health, long scheduled to be published this week, finds that gun ownership is a bigger factor than mental illness when it comes to firearms deaths. But the data suggest that both play roles.

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