In the latest Medical Discovery News by UTMB’s David Niesel and Norbert Herzog: Despite the many medical advances over the past 20 years, there are no effective pharmacological therapies for dementia yet. Some drugs are being evaluated and still others are in development, but it could be some time before there is a truly successful treatment for this disease. However, studies have uncovered risk factors that can lead to dementia, such as low physical and mental activity, obesity, hypertension and hyperlipidemia. The good news is that all these risk factors can be controlled by changes in a person’s lifestyle and behavior. The column also appears in the Abilene Reporter-News.