For the first time, a study has shown comprehensive evidence for the effect of depression on decline in overall cognitive function. Plus, 2 more findings.
Mark L. Fuerst
Three new studies examine research on biomarkers to predict lifetime risk of Alzheimer disease; diet and brain tissue volume; and cognitive impairment in active older adults.
Three new studies highlight sedentary behavior and memory, cognitive decline in psychosis, and risk of dementia with anticholinergic drugs.
Hot off the press: Three new studies, including one that reports middle-age physically fit women are nearly 90% less likely to develop dementia decades later.
Relapse in MDD is associated with morphologic brain changes; stopping exercise may increase depressive symptoms; and inflammatory biomarkers may predict which treatment-resistant MDD patients benefit from ECT.
This report includes a study on patterns of prodromal psychiatric symptoms that may help identify young persons at increased risk of bipolar disorder; sibling bullying and risk of psychotic disorders; and a new smartphone app that tracks moods and predicts bipolar disorder episodes.
Highlights of 3 studies find that novel genetic variants for ADHD are linked to educational attainment; the prevalence of parent-reported ADHD diagnoses has not increased recently; and a video game-like intervention targets cognitive processes implicated in ADHD.
Lifestyle changes—more exercise, taking omega-3 supplements—may help those with dementia, and a protein found in the brain may be a marker for Parkinson disease. Details here.
Who’s filling ADHD prescriptions now?
Three new studies on genetic risk factors and lifestyle; the transition from cognitive health to Alzheimer disease; and metabolic syndrome in depressed older adults.