Dementia affects an estimated 50 million people worldwide and about 4 million in the U.S., about 9% of adults 65 or older. In the past, several factors have been identified that reduce the risk of dementia, including educational level, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, obesity, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, depression, social isolation. Recent research says that in older adults, treatments for hearing and vision problems can also help reduce the risk of dementia.
A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association finds that non-white racial/ethnic populations expect and experience more barriers when accessing dementia care and report having less trust in medical research than white Americans. “Race, Ethnicity and Alzheimer’s in America,” is a companion report to the Association’s annual Facts and Figures report.
As Black History Month draws to a close, psychiatrists and other behavioral health clinicians can learn about the mental health disparities facing the Black community in a series of free webinars from the American Psychiatric Association and Morehouse School of Medicine African American Behavioral Health - Center of Excellence.
The phenomenon of high placebo response can be a “formidable challenge in clinical trials but a largely untapped resource in clinical practice,” authors Jeffrey R. Strawn, M.D., and colleagues write in a chapter in a new book from APA Publishing on prescribing mental health medication to youth.
Even if you are not experiencing especially negative impacts, social media and its continual ups and downs can be a drain on wellbeing. Here are a few tips to help control/manage your social media use.