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Apathy in old age may indicate brain shrinkage, study says

In older adults, apathy may be a sign of degenerative brain changes, according to a new study published in Neurology.Researchers at the National Institute of Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, studied a group of 4,354 people with an average age of 76. None of the participants had dementia. For the study, each participant underwent an MRI scan and answered questions that measured apathy symptoms, which can include lack of emotion, lack of interest, giving up activities and interests, choosing to stay at home and lacking energy."Just as signs of memory loss may signal brain changes related to brain disease, apathy may indicate underlying changes," study author Lenore J. Launer, head of the neuroepidemiology unit at the NIH, said in a press release.Researchers found that people who demonstrated two or more apathy symptoms had 1.4 percent smaller gray matter volume and 1.6 percent less white matter volume compared to participants who displayed fewer than two ...

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