Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Malcolm's heroes of the day ...

are Ana M. Garcia and the team of researchers from from the the University of Valencia, the Generalitat Valenciana, and the Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica, Barcelona:

Malcolm came across this first in today's Guardian:
Alcohol cuts the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, especially among women and non-smokers, and drinkers are at lower risk than teetotallers, according to researchers from Valencia University in Spain, writing in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

"Our results for alcohol consumption generally point to a protective effect, especially light and moderate drinkers."
Or, from the original press release:
"Our results suggest a protective effect of alcohol consumption, mostly in nonsmokers, and the need to consider interactions between tobacco and alcohol consumption, as well as interactions with gender, when assessing the effects of smoking and/or drinking on the risk of AD," according to lead investigator Ana M. Garcia, PhD, MPH, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Valencia.

"Interactive effects of smoking and drinking are supported by the fact that both alcohol and tobacco affect brain neuronal receptors."
Since a previous study indicated:
Alcohol cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50%
it's all A-OK.

Cheers, Ana! Sphere: Related Content

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