HealthDay (11/24) reports, “Older adults with memory problems may progress to Alzheimer’s more quickly if they are also suffering from anxiety symptoms, a preliminary study suggests.” The study included 339 patients “with mild cognitive impairment that involved memory problems,” all of whom at the outset “underwent anxiety and depression screening, MRI brain scans and blood tests.” The research is set to be presented at the virtual Radiological Society of North America’s (RSNA) annual meeting.Diagnostic Imaging (11/24, Palmer) reports, “Patients who progressed through to Alzheimer’s did, indeed, have significantly lower hippocampus and entorhinal cortex volumes, as well as a greater incidence of the ApoE4 allele.” Researchers also found that “anxiety was independently associated with cognitive decline. Those study participants with anxiety symptoms did progress to Alzheimer’s faster regardless of whether they had the ApoE4 allele or had brain volume loss.” (SOURCE: APA Headlines)