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Kidney Dialysis Can Raise Risk of Dementia in Older Adults

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Researchers say low blood pressure may be one reason people on kidney dialysis treatment have a higher risk of developing dementia.

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment that turns potentially fatal kidney diseases into manageable illnesses.

But new research finds that dialysis may also increase the risk of dementia.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, more than a half-million Americans rely on kidney dialysis to survive.

However, a new study published today in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) finds that this treatment may also increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older adults, particularly women and minorities.

Mara McAdams DeMarco, PhD, lead study author and an assistant professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, told Healthline, “What we do know is that there is a greater burden of diagnosed dementia among older adults initiating dialysis than we would expect among community-dwelling older adults of the same age.”

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California bill would require doctors to tell patients when put on probation

Several survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of doctors testified before the California State Assembly’s appropriations committee on Wednesday to push for a bill that would require physicians to notify their patients if they are disciplined as a result of misconduct.

This is the third time in three years that State Senator Jerry Hill, a Democrat from San Mateo, has attempted to put the bill before the state legislature for a vote — but this time he is doing so in the #MeToo era with a spotlight on cases like former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall.

The “Patient’s Right to Know Act” would make California the first state to require that doctors placed on probation due to sexual and other forms of misconduct — including drug or alcohol abuse, a criminal conviction involving harm to a patient, or inappropriate prescriptions — notify their patients.

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Women With Asthma More Likely to Develop COPD

More than 4 in 10 women with asthma developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and heavy smoking and obesity were among the significant risk factors, a new study found.

The research involved more than 4,000 women with asthma in Canada who were followed for about 14 years after being diagnosed with the condition. During that time, 42 percent of the women developed COPD.

The researchers examined risk factors for developing asthma and COPD overlap syndrome (ACOS). They found that women who had smoked more than the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for five years were much more likely to develop ACOS than those who smoked fewer cigarettes or never smoked.

However, 38 percent of the women who developed asthma and COPD overlap syndrome had never smoked.

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