HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Moderate alcohol consumption linked to brain shrinkage

A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions found a link between low to moderate alcohol consumption and a decrease in the brain size of middle-aged adults. Brain atrophy is associated with impaired cognition and motor functions. The researchers also found that low or moderate consumption did not reduce the risk of stroke, which contradicts the findings of some previous studies. The study is published in the rapid access edition of Stroke: The Journal of the American Heart Association.

"Previous studies conducted with older adults found an association between heavy drinking, brain atrophy and an increased risk for stroke. We studied a younger, middle-aged population and found that low amounts of alcohol consumption are also associated with decreases in brain size," said Jingzhong Ding, PhD, lead author of the study and a research associate in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. "Our findings do not support the hypothesis that low or moderate alcohol intake offers any protection against cerebral abnormalities or the risk of stroke in middle-aged adults."

For the study, Dr. Ding and his colleagues used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure the brains of 1,909 men and women, age 55 and older. All were randomly selected from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. The MRI was used to access brain size and to detect infarcts and white matter lesions, which are changes in the brain associated with an increased risk for stroke. The researchers categorized the participant's drinking habits either as never drank, former drinker, occasional drinker (less than one drink per week), low drinker (one to six drinks per week) or moderate drinker (seven to 14 drinks per week).

The researchers found as alcohol consumption increased, the MRI detected increases in the ventricular and sulcal areas of the brain, which are spaces that do not contain brain tissue and an
'"/>

Contact: Tim Parsons or Kenna Brigham
paffairs@jhsph.edu
410-955-6878
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
4-Dec-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Moderate alcohol intake may reduce risk of dementia in older women
2. Moderate exercise and simple dietary supplements significantly reduce risk of atherosclerosis
3. Moderate amounts of alcohol may help prevent death from CVD in men with hypertension
4. Moderate-fat diet is kinder to heart than low-fat diet, study by UB researcher shows
5. Moderate alcohol use may be associated with brain shrinkage
6. Moderate physical activity is critical for reducing the risk of chronic disease in older women
7. Moderately high homocysteine tied to stroke, Alzheimers risk
8. Moderate alcohol consumption reduces cardiovascular risk in postmenopausal women
9. Moderate levels of worry can motivate women to get mammograms
10. College alcohol problems exceed previous estimates
11. Genes for alcohol consumption identified

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... The world-class designers of ... bring their novel lifesaving device for the everyday use of parents worldwide. It ... designed to read a child’s vital signs, and detect unusual symptoms or physical ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... April ... ... Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rising prescription opioid overdose deaths now claim the ... (DEA) has slashed its civil case filings against drug manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Pitavastatin, a relatively new ... is not known to have significant interactions with antiretroviral therapy (ART). Among ... levels and dampen inflammation in the bloodstream. , While lowering cholesterol and dampening ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... KNOLLS, Calif. (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... health topics, but she has not found any of them to be very practical. ... actions to slowly and easily make changes in their health. It prompted her in ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... , ... “The Saint with Trin, and Omega Station”: a triple feature offering ... of published author, Chris Jackson. Chris Jackson grew up in Abilene, Texas. ... School District teaching English. He is heavily involved in the youth group of his ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... The Mobile X-Ray product segment is the most ... the forecast period Mobile X-Ray segment is the ... X-Ray devices market, which is estimated to be valued at ... CAGR of 7% over the forecast period. Mobile X-Ray segment ... US$ 100 Mn in 2017 over 2016. The segment,s revenue ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... YORK , April 19, 2017 ... This report on the prostate cancer therapeutics ... the global market. Increasing prevalence of prostate cancer, ... innovation in the development of new drugs & ... prostate cancer drug due to lesser side effects ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017  Sorrento Therapeutics, ... antibody-centric, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments for ... the closing of its previously announced underwritten public ... at a public offering price of $2.00 per ... estimated offering expenses payable by Sorrento.  The net ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: