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  • Examining the Effects of Cannabis on the Heart

    A nationwide Danish study of new prescriptions for medical cannabis for chronic pain compared to control patients has found that the 180-day incidence of atrial fibrillation/flutter is two-fold higher, but the absolute number of arrhythmias is small.

  • H. pylori Infection: A Warning Sign for Alzheimer’s Dementia

    A large nested case-control cohort study of subjects aged 50 years and older found that clinically apparent Helicobacter pylori infection is associated with a moderately increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Identifying Risk Factors for Young-Onset Dementia

    In this large, population-based prospective cohort study, the investigators identified 15 risk factors that have strong associations with young-onset dementia. Modifications of these risk factors might delay the onset of, or prevent the development of, young-onset dementia.

  • Caring After COVID: Is Brain Impairment After Severe COVID-19 Worse Than Other Diseases?

    The authors of this prospective cohort study with matched controls found that long-term brain health following severe COVID-19 hospitalization was impaired but was similar to hospitalization from other severe diseases.

  • Sleeping Away Dementia

    In this long-term observational study of sleep efficiency in the Framingham Heart Study population, researchers found a strong correlation between a decline in duration of slow-wave sleep during aging and the risk of incident dementia from all causes. However, a direct cause-and-effect relationship cannot be determined from this observational study.

  • Can Turmeric Help Handle Heartburn?

    In a randomized controlled trial, curcumin demonstrated comparable efficacy to omeprazole in treating dyspepsia and acid reflux.

  • Empowered Relief vs. CBT vs. Health Education for Low Back Pain

    This randomized clinical trial involving adults with chronic low back pain demonstrates that a single session of a pain management class, when compared to a full course of cognitive behavioral therapy, yields noninferior (clinically on par) outcomes in pain catastrophizing and several other measures at the three-month follow-up.

  • Can Antidepressants Help Patients Manage Chronic Pain?

    Antidepressant medications have been widely used for treating a variety of chronic pain disorders, but strong evidence to support their efficacy is lacking. Some patients may respond, but available data do not help us determine which agents may be helpful in a specific type of chronic pain condition.

  • Can Internet Use Prevent Dementia?

    In an ongoing longitudinal survey of a nationally representative sample of dementia-free adults age 50 to 64.9 years, regular internet users experienced approximately half the risk of dementia compared with non-regular users.

  • Running to Keep Ahead of Coronary Artery Disease

    In this cross-sectional review of the Master Athlete Heart study, the authors found lifelong endurance sport participation was not associated with a more favorable coronary plaque composition vs. a healthy lifestyle. Lifelong endurance athletes exhibited more coronary plaques.