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Brain Health Round-Up: Brain Disease Connections

January 2021 Brain Health Round-Up

Learn about research on the link between Multiple Sclerosis and certain cancers and the link between finances and Alzheimer’s

Brain diseases are interconnected. That means when we make a discovery in one disease area, it may be useful in another. This month, we look at how researchers are building connections between brain diseases and symptoms. From neuromuscular to neurodegenerative, here are the latest articles in the field of brain disease research.

Multiple Sclerosis May Not Put You at Risk for Breast, Colorectal Cancers

A recent study in the journal Neurology® finds that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may not be at higher risk of developing breast and colorectal cancer. “This is good news for people with MS, because earlier studies have shown a link between MS and breast and colorectal cancers,” said study author Ruth Ann Marrie, M.D., Ph.D. The study did find that people with MS had a 72% greater chance of developing bladder cancer. “The increased risk of bladder cancer in people with MS may have to do with the fact that people with the disease are more likely to have urinary tract infections and use catheters,” said Dr. Marrie.

Financial Presentation of Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias

Is there a link between dementia and finances? A recent study found people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias were more likely to miss bill payments years before their diagnosis. In addition, they saw reductions in their credit scores in the same period. With this finding, worsening financial standings are among the earliest signs of cognitive decline for neurodegenerative diseases.

Is There a Link Between COVID-19 and Stroke?

Research and anecdotal evidence suggests a connection between COVID-19 and an increased risk of stroke. An article in the American Academy of Neurology’s Brain & Life® Magazine explains that one study found stroke risk in patients with COVID-19 is seven times higher than in patients with the flu. The connection is because the immune reaction and increase in inflammation can lead to clots, triggering a stroke. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, such as sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, confusion,or difficulty speaking, call 911 immediately.

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