AB Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss


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  • AB Blood Type Linked to Memory Loss: According to a new study recently published in journal Neurology, there may be a link between the AB blood type found in about 4% of the population and memory loss later in life. People with AB blood, found in 4% of the population, appear more likely to develop thinking and memory problems than those with other blood groups. The study builds on previous research indicating blood type may influence heart risk. As the head researcher Dr. Mary Cushman, of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington explained: “Our study looks at blood type and risk of cognitive impairment, but several studies have shown that factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes increase the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. Blood type is also related to other vascular conditions like stroke, so the findings highlight the connections between vascular issues and brain health. More research is needed to confirm these results.” According to Dr. Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK: “Current evidence suggests the best ways to keep the brain healthy are a balanced diet, not smoking and regular exercise.” The study also supported the idea that people with certain blood type, such as O, may have a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which in turn protects the brain.
  • Successful HPV Vaccine Program in Australia: According to a study recently published in the journal PLOS One, the occurrence of genital warts in young Australian women decreased by 61 percent since 2007 when Australia started providing the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine free to girls age 12 to 18 as part of a school-based program in. The program uses the quadrivalent HPV vaccine that protects against the major causes of cervical cancer-types 16 and 18, as well as types 6 and 11 cause genital warts. As the study explains, more than 70 percent of Australian girls age 15 have received all three doses of the vaccine since 2007, compared to about 38 percent of American girls age 13 to 17 who have received all three doses, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) data. The lead author, Christopher Harrison, a senior research analyst at the Family Medicine Research Center of the University of Sydney added: “I’m talking as an outsider looking at the American system, but for the vaccine to be effective and get herd immunity, it would be proper for the government to step in and provide the money for it.”
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