A Tsunami of Alzheimer's is Hitting the U.S.

Plus: Millennials are the most stressed generation; high-dose vitamin C linked to kidney stones, and more health news.

A “tsunami of Alzheimer’s” is hitting our society according to researchers at the Chicago Health and Aging Project. Researchers projected that as the baby boomer generation ages, Alzheimer’s will triple in the next 40 years, which means that 13.8 million will have the disease by 2050. Here are some tips on how to decrease your risk and improve your brain health. [NBC News]

Who are the most stressed out people in the U.S.? Millennials. Stress levels are actually decreasing for Americans across the U.S. except for people ages 18-33, who according to this report are all considered “Millennials”. According to the report by Harris Interactive for the American Psychological Association, 19 percent of Millennials have been told they have depression, compared with 14 percent of Generation Xers (ages 34-47); 12 percent of Baby Boomers (ages 48-66) and 11 percent of those ages 67 and older. [USA Today]

High-dose vitamin C is linked to kidney stones in men. With everyone in Boston downing vitamin C likes it water this winter, it’s time to reevaluate just how much is too much. In a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, Swedish researchers detailed a connection between kidney stone formation and use of vitamin C supplements. The Swedish study isn’t the first to link vitamin C with kidney stones. The Harvard School of Public Health published similar results in 2004. Surprisingly, when a similar study was conducted with women, no association was found. [Harvard Health]

Infants, children and adolescents are capable of generating new heart muscle cells according to a new study by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital published in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found that cells in young hearts were still dividing after birth, significantly expanding the heart cell population. This offers hope for new treatments for heart failure. [Boston Children’s Hospital]

 

 

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