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Adverse Childhood Events Tied to Dementia

Children who had multiple adverse experiences growing up were more likely to develop dementia in old age, Japanese researchers reported.

People who had three or more adverse childhood experiences — physical or psychological abuse, family psychopathology, or loss of a parent — had twice the risk of developing dementia in later years as other older adults, even after taking into account economic hardship, demographics, education, and nutritional environment, according to Yukako Tani, PhD, of Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and co-authors.

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