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Preventing dementia: A long-term ACT idea goes mainstream

– Next week, biostatistician Dr. Jennifer Bobb attends her second symposium for the 30-year Adult Changes in Thought study. Here’s a meeting preview.

Jennifer Bobb, PhD, GHRI assistant investigator.  Next week, biostatistician Dr. Jennifer Bobb attends her second symposium for the 30-year Adult Changes in Thought study. Here’s a…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/aug/dementia-act-symposium/

Continuous medical care is crucial for people with dementia

– Dr. Larson discusses how continuity of care for dementia patients may lower costs, emergency visits, and hospital stays.

Dr. Larson discusses how continuity of care for dementia patients may lower costs, emergency visits, and hospital stays. by Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, executive director of Group H…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/july/continuous-medical-care-crucial-people-dementia/

Tough conversations: How can we help patients get off risky drugs?

– Dr. Sascha Dublin describes a Group Health-UW finding that benzodiazepines probably don’t cause dementia. But she cautions that they’re still bad for you.

Dr. Sascha Dublin describes a Group Health-UW finding that benzodiazepines probably don’t cause dementia. But she cautions that they’re still bad for you. By Sascha Dublin, MD, P…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2016/feb/tough-conversations-how-can-we-help-patients-get-risky-drugs/

‘Concussion’ movie sheds light on discoveries that may prevent dementia

– Actor Will Smith plays a hero who discovers how football injuries lead to brain disease. At GHRI, Group Health members are contributing to a similar cause.

  Actor Will Smith plays a hero who discovers how football injuries lead to brain disease. At GHRI, Group Health members are contributing to a similar cause. by Eric B. Larso…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/december/concussion-movie-sheds-light-discoveries-may-prevent-dementia/

Health records can reveal early signals of slow changes like Alzheimer’s

– The words we use and our doctors’ notes hold hints about our health. Data Scientist David Carrell, PhD, tells how we’re learning to catch those clues.

The words we use and our doctors’ notes hold hints about our health. Data Scientist David Carrell, PhD, tells how we’re learning to catch those clues. David Carrell, PhD, is a GH…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/08/health-records-can-reveal-early-signals-slow-changes-alzheimers/

What if you’re taking an anticholinergic medication?

– Study coauthors Drs. Sascha Dublin, Shelly Gray, and Eric B. Larson explore how to balance the risks and benefits of these common medications.

  by Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD; Shelly Gray, and Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH Dr. Dublin is a Group Health physician, GHRI associate investigator, and affiliate associate professor …
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/06/what-if-youre-taking-anticholinergic-medication/

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and GHRI study concussion effects from NFL

– GHRI's Dr. Eric B. Larson comments on our role in one Paul Allen-funded study in Bloomberg News.

  Seattle, known for the earth-shaking fervor of its “12th Man” football fans, has become ground zero in the National Football League for another reason: It’s among the leaders…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/01/paul-allen-foundation-and-ghri-partner-study-concussion-effects-nfl/

News release: Higher dementia risk linked to more use of common drugs

– Latest findings from a Group Health Research Institute study finds some common over-the-counter and prescription drugs can increase a person's risk for dementia.

A large study links a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, to taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects at…
https://www.kpwashingtonresearch.org/news-and-events/blog/2015/01/news-release-higher-dementia-risk-linked-more-use-common-drugs/