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Medicine has got it wrong about Alzheimer's disease for the past 40 years, the UK's new head of dementia research says. It's far more complex a disease than the idea it's solely caused by plaques in the brain.
Alzheimer’s patients often take an antidepressant—but the drug nearly doubles the risk of a fall and hip fracture. The risk is at its greatest when the person starts taking the medication, but it’s still there even four years later.
Antipsychotic drugs are routinely given to Alzheimer’s patients—but they increase the risk of death by 60 per cent. And the patient is twice as likely to die if he or she is given two or more antipsychotics.
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have replaced heart problems as the major killer in the UK—at least for women. A similar pattern has been seen in the US, too, where the rate of coronary heart disease has fallen by 20 per cent since the 1980s.
Radiation from CT (computerised tomography) or CAT scans could be increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Just having two of the medical tests in a lifetime starts changing our brain molecules, a new research paper has discovered.
It’s not just red wine that can be good for us, beer also has a part in play. Regularly drinking a pint or two seems to protect against the build-up of sticky plaques in the brain, which have been associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Sticky plaques—which medicine has believed cause Alzheimer’s disease and dementia—are actually protecting the brain after infection, new research has found. This means that Alzheimer’s drug therapy for the past 30 years has been wrong.