Today’s Infectious Disease News (9/19/22)

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COVID-19 Diagnosis Raises Risk of Alzheimer’s for Older Adults

A new study found that older Americans infected with COVID-19 had dramatically higher risk of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a year later. People 65 and older received medical care for COVID-19 were nearly 70% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s within 12 months of the infection than those who were not diagnosed with COVID-19. People older than 85 faced a 100% higher risk of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. This study supports what other research has shown: COVID-19 causes inflammation, which is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s. A growing body of evidence also indicates that COVID-19 can change the structure of the brain, leading to neurological problems.

Full Story: HealthDay