A STRESSFUL life event has a devastating impact on the brain and can age it by at least four years each time, new research suggests. - From Express.co.uk
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health interviewed 1,320 people with an average age of 58.
The findings, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London, have shed new light on the way our brains react to major life events.
Dr Doug Brown, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It’s no surprise this study indicates stressful life events may also affect our memory.” Maria Carrillo, chief science officer for Alzheimer’s Association, said: “These studies were done with US data but they give weight to the global body of evidence, which requires co-ordinated action.” It comes as separate research showed how positron emission tomography (PET) scans could revolutionise dementia diagnosis by providing a more accurate picture than using brain or spinal fluid samples.
Use of the technology in the UK lags way behind because of money, with each scan costing up to £3,000, but new research suggests they could prove vital.
Dr James Pickett, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “This should be a wake-up call for the UK.” See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.