Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Some popular anti-heartburn drugs could lead to dementia; Time Magazine presents longevity, and the hope of a new anti-Alzheimer's medication

Seniors have been advised that some popular anti-heartburn and anti-reflex drugs may increase the risk of dementia over age 75.  These are called the proton pump inhibitors, and include Prilosec, Nexium and Pevacid.  They don’t seem to include over the counter tablets like Rolaids and Tums.  (Rolaids were off the shelves for a long time because of a production problem.)  The CBS News story by Dennis Thompson is here. The German study was published in JAMA of Neurology Feb.. 15.


Time Magazine has an issue, Fb. 22, 2016, “The Long View of a Very Long Life”, coverage starts on p. 59. Laura L. Cartensen writes about “The New Age of Aging”.  There is discussion of the fact that extended families have more generations alive at one time, and mention of the demographic challenges of fewer kids, but not of the sacrifices that can entail; there are charts about exercise and home ownership. On p. 64, Alice Park covers “Alzheimer’s from a New Angle”, and a new drug, LMA11A-31.  The drug keeps existing brain cells strong and resistant to amyloid. Alexandra Sifferlin writes “It’s The Little Things” on p. 80. The article also talks about animals that live a long time (clams can live 500 years). There is a story on the Time issue in “Dating Dementia”. 

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