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If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory

If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory

Postby smix » Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:21 pm

If you're over 60, drink up: Alcohol associated with better memory
ScienceDaily

URL: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 092031.htm
Category: healthNews
Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:20:31 EDT

Description: Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, University of Kentucky, and University of Maryland found that for people 60 and older who do not have dementia, light alcohol consumption during late life is associated with higher episodic memory -- the ability to recall memories of events. Moderate alcohol consumption was also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory. The relationship between light alcohol consumption and episodic memory goes away if hippocampal volume is factored in, providing new evidence that hippocampal functioning is the critical factor in these improvements. These findings were detailed in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. This study used data from more than 660 patients in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring Cohort. These patients completed surveys on their alcohol consumption and demographics, a battery of neuropsychological assessments, the presence or absence of the genetic Alzheimer's disease risk factor APOE e4 and MRIs of their brains. The researchers found that light and moderate alcohol consumption in older people is associated with higher episodic memory and is linked with larger hippocampal brain volume. Amount of alcohol consumption had no impact on executive function or overall mental ability.
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