LBD research news is not always what it appears to be...
There has been a flurry of medical reporting on a recent research story on a possible increased risk of DLB for people who have ADHD. I engaged the SAC on this topic because the conclusions drawn by the papersâ authors concerned me quite a bit.
The research looked at people with DLB, Alzheimerâs and healthy controls, and queried the health controls and family members of the people with dementia about the presence of any ADHD symptoms prior to the development of any dementia. Retrospective studies like this are very hard to interpret correctly, because they rely on peoplesâ memory and personal opinions, instead of medical records and clinical diagnoses.
Thankfully, WebMD did some excellent, âfair and balancedâ reporting and had some outside expert reviewers look at the research. I was delighted to learn via Jim Leverenz that both he and Doug Galasko of our SAC were two of the experts quoted in the WebMD piece.
I wanted to provide you with a link to LBDAâs reporting on this research, now posted on our website. It includes some cautionary words from our SAC about jumping to conclusions too quickly, until this research is validated by other investigators. http://www.lbda.org/index.cfm?fuseactio ... re_id=5120
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