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4 your health: Deaths from dementia going up

Deaths from dementia are on the rise that’s according to a new study from the centers for disease control.

It shows over 260,000 Americans died from dementia related causes in 2017. Nearly half of those deaths were due to Alzheimer’s disease. Women, whites and older adults were the most likely to die from dementia.

Extended family connection to Alzheimer’s

The genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease may extend beyond immediate family.

Researchers from the University Of Utah found having grandparents, aunts, or even cousins with Alzheimer’s is also a risk factor. Their data showed people with three extended family members with Alzheimer’s were 43 percent more likely to develop the disease.

But the risk was still highest for those who had parents or siblings with Alzheimer’s.

Not properly storing dangerous drugs

Although many parents know to store their medicine safely they don’t always do it.

A new report from Safekids Worldwide reveals 142 young children a day go to the ER for medicine poisoning. Most parents reported putting some medicines away and out of sight but admitted to keeping others in a purse, nightstand or on a counter.

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney

Sean Mooney is cohost of Tucson Today, 5-7 am, Monday through Friday.
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