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Dementia and low brain serotonin may be linked: Study finds

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -- Johns Hopkins researchers looked into the brain scans of persons with mild loss of thought and memory and have found that they have significantly low levels of serotonin in their brains. Serotonin is a natural brain chemical that is responsible for several functions including mood, sleep and appetite and also is important for several mental health conditions.

Families incur largest financial burden linked to dementia care

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- A new study on the lifetime cost of dementia indicates that families of people living with the disease incur the largest financial burden.

Dementia Risk Significantly Increased for Individuals Born in High Stroke Mortality States

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- Birthplace is a significant risk factor for dementia, even after adjusting for educational levels, race, and life-course vascular risk factors.

High Levels of Serum Uric Acid May Increase Risk for Dementia in the Elderly

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- Older adults with high serum uric acid levels might be at increased risk of developing vascular or mixed dementia.

Families Shoulder Majority of Costs Related to Dementia Care

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- Reducing functional decline or behavioral and psychological symptoms leads to lower lifetime costs

Simulation suggests substantial lifetime costs for dementia

Thursday, August 17, 2017 -- A simulation of costs associated with dementia and caring for an individual with dementia indicated substantial increases in lifetime care costs, most of which were incurred by families.“The modeling structure I used was able to synthesize data from different sources and put them together to form this long-term picture, over the course of the disease, that currently doesn't exist in any one place,” Eric Jutkowitz, PhD, of Brown University, said in a press release. “Each of the data points are part of the broader picture. By themselves, they can't tell us anything about how costs unfold over the course of the disease, but they all come together to develop this picture.”