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A diet soda a day might affect dementia risk, study suggests


One or more artificially sweetened drinks a day was associated with higher risk of stroke and dementia, a new study suggests.

The research, published Thursday in the science journal Stroke, examined consumption of beverages sweetened with sugar and artificial sweeteners but did not find that same […]

People with bleeding stroke at higher risk of depression, dementia


HOUSTON — People who have brain bleeds — the most lethal form of stroke — are at significantly higher risk of developing depression and dementia, according to research released Wednesday.

Previous studies of depression and stroke have focused on ischemic stroke that’s caused by blockages in […]

Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life


HOUSTON — People who have heart disease risks in middle age are more likely to have dementia later in life, according to a study presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

“The health of your vascular system in midlife is really important to […]

Lowering blood pressure, cholesterol doesn’t curb cognitive decline


NEW ORLEANS — A new study shows that using medications to lower blood pressure and cholesterol does not slow cognitive decline — disappointing news for millions of aging Americans eager to stave off thinking and memory problems.

But what didn’t help cognition also didn’t hurt it […]

AHA statement: high blood pressure linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment


High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new American Heart Association statement.

Published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, the statement is based on multiple studies and explains how high blood pressure influences brain […]

Pre-stroke heart disease risk factors increase long-term risk of stroke, dementia


People have higher risks of suffering subsequent strokes and dementia if they had  heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure before their first stroke, according to a study.

Researchers compared 1,237 stroke survivors to a stroke-free group of about 5,000 people from an existing long-term […]

Long-term overtreatment with anti-clotting/antiplatelet drug combo raises risk of dementia in people with irregular heartbeat

Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, raises the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that raises […]

Understanding The State of Obesity in America

The Problem:

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected.

42 percent of Latino and 47.8 percent of African-American adults are obese compared with 32.6 […]

After stroke, Mexican-Americans do worse on tests predicting self-care

Mexican-Americans fared worse than their white counterparts 90 days after strokes, performing particularly badly on functional tests that predict survivors’ ability to take care of themselves, according to new research released Thursday.

“What we found most notable was the difference in functional outcome,” said Lynda Lisabeth, Ph.D., M.P.H., the study’s […]

Simple Science @Heart: Ingredient in chocolate may help you think more clearly

Chowing down on a pile of candy bars may not be a very good idea, but one ingredient in chocolate might actually help you come up with good ideas.

New research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension found improved mental function in elderly people who drank a lot of […]