Antipsychotic drug use increases risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer’s disease

December 20, 2016 - Antipsychotic drug use is associated with a 60 percent increased risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer's disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk was highest at the beginning of drug use and remained increased in long-term use. Use of two or more antipsychotic drugs concomitantly was associated with almost two times higher risk of mortality than monotherapy. The results were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. More...

December 20, 2016

JAD’s Alzheimer Funding Analyzer Now Includes Alzheimer’s Association Grants

December 19, 2016 - The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (JAD) is pleased to announce that its Alzheimer’s Funding Analyzer (AFA) now includes all Alzheimer’s Association (AA) grants in addition to grants from other funding bodies. AFA is a free service that is part of a suite of online features integrated into the JAD site to meet the needs of the Alzheimer disease (AD) research community. More...

December 19, 2016

Higher BMI in Adolescence May Affect Cognitive Function in Midlife

Study of Israeli adolescents also looks at impact of socioeconomic position on subsequent cognitive impairment

December 12, 2016 - Overweight and obesity in adolescents have increased substantially in recent decades, and today affect a third of the adolescent population in some developed countries. While the dangers posed by high adult BMI on cognitive function in later life have been documented, the association of adolescent BMI with cognitive function in midlife has not yet been reported. (BMI, or Body Mass Index, is a calculation of a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of their height in meters.) More...

December 12, 2016

New tool to help predict dementia risk in older people

December 12, 2016 - A machine learning method analyzing large amounts of health information has potential in assessing the risk of cognitively healthy older people for later dementia, according to research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The new risk assessment tool also presents the individual risk profile in a quickly interpretable visual form. More...

December 12, 2016