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Reported August 15, 2013

Late Adolescent Risk Factors for Young-Onset Dementia

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –A recent study of Swedish men suggests nine risk factors, most of which are prevalent in adolescence, account for most cases of young-onset dementia diagnosed before the age of 65. 

“Young-onset dementia (YOD), that is, dementia diagnosed before 65 years of age, has been related to genetic mutations in affected families. The identification of other risk factors could improve the understanding of this heterogeneous group of syndromes,” Peter Nordstr?m, Ph.D, of Umeå University, Sweden, and colleagues, were quoted as saying.

The risk factors included:  alcohol intoxication, use of antipsychotics, depression, stroke, father’s dementia, drug intoxication other than alcohol, low cognitive function at conscription, low height at conscription; and high systolic blood pressure at conscription.  Collectively these risk factors accounted for 68 percent of the young-onset dementia cases identified. 

For more information, go to: http://media.jamanetwork.com/news-item/study-suggests-late-adolescent-risk-factors-for-young-onset-dementia/

SOURCE: JAMA Internal Medicine, August 2013

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