An estimated 5.5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms of this debilitating illness include memory loss, agitation, mood swings, impaired judgment, difficulty handling money effectively, struggling with normal everyday tasks, confusion, misplacing things and difficulty communicating, among many others. The incredible strain this illness places on families and caregivers of those suffering with Alzheimer’s makes it understandable that many turn to antipsychotic drugs like haloperidol and risperidone to help to calm the affected person and make the condition more manageable.
A shocking new study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, however, may have many families thinking twice about turning to these toxic drugs.
IOS Press reported:
Antipsychotic drug use is associated with a 60 percent increased risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk was highest at the beginning of drug use and remained increased in long-term use. Use of two or more antipsychotic drugs concomitantly was associated with almost two times higher risk of mortality than monotherapy.
Researchers based their findings on the national Finnish Medication and Alzheimer’s Disease study (MEDALZ), which tracked 57,755 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s between 2005 and 2011.
A 2016 study has linked the development of hypertension and organ damage with aircraft noise. According to the official press release by the European Society of Cardiology, Polish researchers found that people who were living close to airports for three years or more have an increased risk of high blood pressure.
To come to this conclusion, the researchers randomly selected 201 adults between the ages of 40 and 66. All of the participants had to have lived in areas with low or high aircraft noise for at least three years. They were then divided into two groups based on the amount of aircraft noise they were exposed to: the first group consisted of 100 participants who were subjected to less than 55 decibels (dB) or aircraft noise on average. The second group of 101 participants were exposed to at least 60 dB.
The researchers then paired up participants based on their age, sex, and the length of time spent living in the area. Each participant had their blood pressure measured. Through this, the researchers discovered that 40 percent of the participants from the second group had hypertension.
Yoga, meditation and gardening may effectively relieve stress and boost the body’s overall health, a new documentary shows. The documentary examined the effects of the three drug-free interventions on 68 volunteers who reported feeling stressed. Three sets of control groups were observed during the eight-week study. The researchers noted the participants’ stress levels during the study’s duration. The volunteers were instructed to complete psychological questionnaires and provide saliva samples in order to measure their cortisol awakening response (CAR).
Experts explained that cortisol stimulates the brain and prepares the body for its daily activities. According to the scientists, people experience an uptick in cortisol levels upon waking, a mechanism that is known as CAR. The researchers have also discussed that people suffering from stress experience less CAR in the morning, which negatively affects their coping mechanism.
“There’s growing evidence that social interaction and contact with nature has a positive affect on our mood. Studies into yoga suggest it can help alleviate stress by lowering the heart rate and blood pressure. And there is also research to suggest mindfulness, a form of meditation that focuses the mind on the present, helps you avoid being caught in a cycle of negative thoughts which cause stress,” Dr. Michael Mosley has stated in a Daily Mail report.
The findings have shown that mindfulness training produced the best results in terms of regulating cortisol balance, followed by gardening, and yoga. According to the research team, the volunteers who underwent the interventions exhibited a 14 percent increase in CAR. Likewise, those who enjoyed the activities displayed a 42 percent increase in CAR. (Related: Meditation changes the structure of your brain, cuts stress in half according to new study.)