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Depression may double dementia risk, say researchers
Having depression may nearly double the risk of developing dementia later in life, new research suggests.


The article says:
Now two studies published in the American journal Neurology suggest depression does mean dementia is more likely, although they do not show why.
And the researchers stress that the findings merely reveal a link, not a direct cause.

Even not causal, a link is a link, and the findings show that those who are depressed are more likely to develop dementia.

On the other hand, Her study, which followed 949 elderly people for 17 years, showed dementia more often followed a bout of depression. By the end of the study, 164 of the people had developed dementia. Specifically, 22% of those who had depression went on to develop dementia compared to 17% of those who did not have depression.
Those numbers are very close. I'd have to see the study itself, but it's entirely possible that the results don't actually mean anything. Plus, 17 years following elderly people? They should be saying something more like "depression after age 40 doubles dementia risk".

So maybe it means something, but it could just as likely be complete shit. Which I think makes this entry completely pointless, as I started writing it all "oh noes!" and then, as I perused the article to copypaste important points, realised that the results aren't really significant enough to worry about.

If there's one class I'll never regret taking, it's epidemiology. You can have two studies that say the exact opposite, and it's important to remember that these things need to be taken with a grain of salt. I guess.

That said, the headline still freaked me out a little.

this needs no explanation

it DOES need to be longer, though. Seriously.

um, best.

If you have anything similar, please do share in the comments! I love this.

ETA this:


I love all my Canadians, both those Canadian by birth and those who are Canadian at heart.

Happy Canada Day!

To the Straight Guy at the Party Last Night

(this might be old, but, oh, how I laughed. From here)

To the Straight Guy at the Party Last Night
A mutual friend of ours threw a big party for her 30th birthday, tons of people were there and it was a lot of fun. Somewhere along the line you and I ended up on the balcony for some fresh air at the same time. We started chatting; we talked about sports, books, tv – discovered we both are about to start our masters degrees and spent some time debating the pro’s and con’s of the educational system. We talked about hanging out sometime, and you wanted to meet my girlfriend.

I understand how upsetting it was for you when I blinked mildly in surprise and said I was here with my husband. I know it was a shock to your system, if your face had turned any paler I might have called 911. You made a good recovery though – that hurried mutter of “I’m not like that” was very polite and you only knocked over two drinks and one vase in your hurry to rush to anywhere other than near me. I can’t blame you – I forgot how delicate you straight boys are. So I wanted to give you a few helpful hints about where you went wrong last night.

1) As a general rule we don’t walk around with big signs around our neck proclaiming our sexuality.Collapse )

Did you know there's a Fuck Yeah LGBT tumblr? Tumblr is my new favoritest thing but I spend way too much time just browsing crap on there.

Jeff, don't sing a song, man

the internet is awesome

Here are some things you can purchase on the internet.

The first video is only 6 seconds (awesomest 6 seconds you'll see today) and the second one is so amazing you should watch at least part of it, even if it's only the last 1/3 or so. SERIOUSLY.

(Thanks, Cracked.)

it's rare that I laugh this hard

i am so sick of writing response papers

Enjoy. (stolen from slartibartfast yay)

I was going to ask my parents for a camera for my birthday, but maybe I should request the Buffy box set instead (or maybe should have requested it yesterday when it was down to $105. Hrmph).