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Personality Doesn't
Change Before Onset
of Alzheimer's
Although mood and behavior changes have been
considered early warning signs of Alzheimer's,
researchers who followed a group of 2,000 people
for as long as 36 years say personality changes
don't come before the disease.
When the project began in 1980, all participants were healthy; through the years, about 18
percent developed mild cognitive impairment or
dementia, according to the study, published in
JAMA Psychiatry.
Although the study rules out personality change
as a warning sign for dementia, it provides evidence that some traits-such as neuroticism and
low levels of conscientiousness-are risk factors
for dementia.

TRUE OR FALSE

Eating carrots can turn you orange.
TRUE. Beta carotene-the pigment that gives

carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkins their
color-is deposited in skin tissue if you take
in too much. This harmless condition,
carotenemia, is actually fairly common
in infants just beginning to eat solids.
The discoloration fades when fewer
carrots and other orange
vegetables are consumed.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS
MORE THAN

1 in 10
people take a moodelevating drug.

12.7
PERCENT

of Americans older
than 12 report
taking antidepressants.

WOMEN ARE

2 times

as likely as men to
take an antidepressant,
with 16.5 percent of
women relying on the
medication compared
with 8.6 percent of men.

68

PERCENT

of people on
antidepressants have
taken them for two years
or more.
Source: Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention

CHILDHOOD
EXERCISE MAY
BENEFIT BRAINS
AS WE AGE
Exercise in childhood may improve
memory and keep an aging brain
nimbler, a study finds.
The conclusion follows an experiment involving two groups of rats,
one of which was given access to
a running wheel when young, the
second of which had no exercise.
When the rats reached middle age,
both groups were moved to a more
sedentary life.
Rats that had more exercise
when young were able to more
accurately interpret and react to
danger, according to the study
published in the journal eNeuro.
The researchers concluded that
exercise might build a "cognitive
reserve" on which the animals
could rely in later life to compensate for age-related declines. More
research is required to know if this
is true for humans, too.

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