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Sicker Sense of Humor Could Signal Dementia

Tue Nov 10 10:56:40 EST 2015 | Newser
(Newser) – Scientists are exploring what could be an intriguing link between a dark sense of humor and a rare form of dementia. Researchers at University College London explain that frontotemporal dementia affects the part of the brain related to personality and behavior and can cause patients to become impulsive and reckless. To get a better idea of a patient's behavior before diagnosis, researchers questioned the friends and family of 48 patients about the individual's preference for different..

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Preferences for slapstick, satirical, absurdist and nonexistent comedy were seen to indicate the development of dementia years before a diagnosis in a new study. LONDON, Nov. 11 (U..
(Newser) – Scientists are exploring what could be an intriguing link between a dark sense of humor and a rare form of dementia. Researchers at University College London explain tha..
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Americans finally feel confident enough in the U.S. economy to splurge. Friday's jobs report suggested that many of the hefty total of 271,000 positions added in October resulted f..
Americans finally feel confident enough in the U.S. economy to splurge. Friday's jobs report suggested that many of the hefty total of 271,000 positions added in October resulted f..
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