Eyespy: July 2014
Hell is other people? Don’t remind me—For people whose glass is half empty, the glass just got emptier. A study published in Neurology (doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000000528) has shown a connection between cynicism and the risk of developing dementia. Researchers assessed cynicism in 622 participants from the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) Study using a 24 point scale. Ten years later, the population was assessed for diagnoses of dementia. After confounders known to increase the risk of dementia—including blood pressure and cholesterol, alcohol use, smoking, and apolipoprotein E4 genotype—had been taken into account, cynical participants had a relative risk of dementia of 3.07 (95% confidence interval 1.11 to 8.50) compared with those with low cynicism scores. Cynicism was also associated with an increased risk of death, but this did not reach significance.
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