Thomas Ramey Watson

Minor Ailments Linked to Alzheimer’s

As we age, those minor physical ailments – including sore feet, poorly fitting dentures and skin irritations – may turn out to be not so minor after all.

A new study published in the journal Neurology has found that as problems not traditionally associated with brain health pile up, a person’ s chance of developing dementia increa


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Loose dentures? You may be at increased risk for developing dementia.

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“When a lot of small things go wrong, it can add up to an important risk,” says Kenneth Rockwood, M.D., professor of medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, and an author of the study “Nontraditional Risk Factors Combine to Predict Alzheimer Disease and Dementia.”

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