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Preventing dementia late in life

What’s proven to prevent the development of dementia after the age of 80? Not brain training, not medication, not regular exercise, not a healthier diet and not a busy social calendar, according to a series of reports published Monday. But ask the question a bit differently, and the answer is not quite as discouraging: What should you be doing right now that might delay or prevent the development of dementia late in life? Some combination of all of the above. Most of us hope to live well into old age, and doing so with our marbles intact is typically a condition we attach to that wish. But half or more of Americans over the age of 90 will be beset with some type of dementia, and 1 in 10 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer's disease. Scientific research, in its highest and most rigorous form, has done little to illuminate a single path to prevent or forestal dementia and cognitive decline. That grim conclusion emerged in four reports published by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Older brains and forgetfulness

Older brains may forget more because they lose their rhythm at night. During deep sleep, older people have less coordination between two brain waves that are important to saving new memories, a team reports in the journal Neuron. “It’s like a drummer that’s perhaps just one beat off the rhythm,” says Matt Walker, one of the paper’s authors and a professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. “The aging brain just doesn’t seem to be able to synchronise its brain waves effectively.” The finding appears to answer a long-standing question about how aging can affect memory even in people who do not have Alzheimer’s or some other brain disease.

Egg allergy? flu shot now possible

Every year, millions of Americans get sick with the flu. While a vast majority of the people recover without any serious complications, not everyone is just that lucky. Over the course of a typical flu season — which runs from October to May in the United States — hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized with the virus and tens of thousands die from it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although no seasonal flu vaccine is 100% effective (last year's vaccine was just 42% effective), it is still the best way to prevent infection. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated every year. Flu season soars in the U.S., especially in the South. However, not everyone in that range has been able to get the vaccine to date. In the past, people with egg allergy were advised to explore egg-free flu vaccination options.

 
 
 
 
 

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