Archives for February 2012

Ginkgo Biloba for Treatment of Dementia

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Jan 21;(1):CD003120. Ginkgo biloba for cognitive impairment and dementia. Birks J, Grimley Evans J. Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, UK, OX2 6UD. jacqueline.birks@csm.ox.ac.uk Abstract Background Extracts of the leaves of the maidenhair tree, Ginkgo biloba, have long been used in China as […]

Impact of Smoking on Cognitive Decline in Early Old Age

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Jun;69(6):627-35. doi: 10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2011.2016. Impact of smoking on cognitive decline in early old age: the Whitehall II cohort study. Sabia S1, Elbaz A, Dugravot A, Head J, Shipley M, Hagger-Johnson G, Kivimaki M, Singh-Manoux A. Abstract Context Smoking is a possible risk factor for dementia, although its impact may have been underestimated in elderly populations because of the shorter life span of smokers. Objective To examine the association between smoking history and cognitive decline in the transition […]

Risk of Mortality among Antipsychotics Use in Dementia Patients

Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Jan;169(1):71-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11030347. Epub 2011 Oct 31. Risk of mortality among individual antipsychotics in patients with dementia. Kales HC1, Kim HM, Zivin K, Valenstein M, Seyfried LS, Chiang C, Cunningham F, Schneider LS, Blow FC. Abstract Objective The use of antipsychotics to treat the behavioral symptoms of dementia is associated with greater mortality. The authors examined the mortality risk of individual agents to augment the limited information on individual antipsychotic risk. Method The authors conducted a retrospective cohort study using national […]