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Dementia Patients Diagnosed With General Anesthesia

A new study has revealed that middle-aged adults who go under general anesthesia are 29% more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t. Although patients should not be afraid of going under general anesthesia, the study suggests that a patient’s cognitive performance should be checked before and after general anesthesia.

Stress Due To Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Affecting Academics

Researchers demonstrate the effects of military-related posttraumatic stress on academic adjustment through impairments in veterans' relationships with family and friends. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) caused by traumatic military experiences is associated with feelings of anxiety, anger, sadness and/or guilt. New Penn State research is evaluating how PTSD symptoms increase risks for academic difficulties as well.

The study published in the journal Psychological TraumaMany of these former service members are experiencing posttraumatic stress symptoms secondary to their military service, and these symptoms are associated with academic difficulties.

Type 2 Diabetes May Be An Early Expression Of Pancreatic Cancer

A new study indicates that recent-onset type 2 diabetes may be an early expression of pancreatic cancer. Diabetes was associated with a more than twofold higher risk of pancreatic cancer in African Americans and Latinos, but recent-onset diabetes was associated with a 2.3-fold greater increase in the risk of pancreatic cancer than long-standing diabetes.

Sepsis: Children's Immune System Hold the Key For Prevention

Children's immune systems could hold the key to preventing life-threatening infections and sepsis, a new study has revealed. The ground-breaking research conducted by an international team of scientists at the University of Sheffield and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has identified the key response that children use to control infections – making them resilient to many severe infections and sepsis.

Relationship Between Muscle Weakening And Aging

Scientists have now identified what triggers such changes. Age-related changes in the peripheral nerves can drastically reduce the quality of life. The average life expectancy is at an all-time high and rising. This is associated with an increase in age-related diseases of the nervous system such as Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. However, such pathological degenerations do not only affect the brain.

Progressive muscle weakness

Although the consequences of age-related peripheral nerve degeneration have a massive impact on the quality of life in old age as well as for the economy, its causes have not yet been investigated systematically. The peripheral nervous system, which is responsible e.g. for muscle and skin innervation, also has an increased risk of degenerating as they age.