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Getting lost could be the first sign of Alzheimer’s…

It may show up decades before disease is diagnosed, say researchers

Getting lost could be an early sign that Alzheimer’s disease might affect you later in life, according to new research.

The Prevent project, based at Edinburgh University, aims to understand early biological and clinical markers to identify risks in young people and to help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The study, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, suggests that poor navigational skills could be linked to the disease.

‘Alzheimer’s is considered to be a disease of memory but we now think from our early work that the difficulty people are really having – at least to begin with – is not to do with declining memories but to do with their declining ability to visualise the location of objects or themselves,’ said Karen Ritchie, one of the researchers, according to The Guardian. Continue reading

Daily dose of cannabis extract could reverse brain’s decline in old age, study suggests

Regular low doses of THC dramatically boosted memory and learning in older mice, say scientists, who plan a clinical trial in humans later this year

Older mice given THC improved so much that their performance in tests matched those of healthy drug-free young mice – and benefits lasted for weeks after the infusions ended.

Researchers have come up with an unusual proposal to slow, or even reverse, the cognitive decline that comes with old age: small, daily doses of cannabis extract.

The idea emerged from tests on mice which found that regular, low doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – impaired memory and learning in young animals, but boosted the performance of old ones. Continue reading

‘Silent seizures’ are the first sign of Alzheimer’s – and could help doctors catch the disease years in advance

Researchers have dubbed the episodes ‘silent seizures’ because they don’t cause convulsions and aren’t detected by normal brain scans

Doctors have detected ‘silent seizures’ that mark the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in a breakthrough study that could lead to new treatments for millions of patients.

The devastating illness begins with seizures deep in the main memory structure of the brain, known as the hippocampal region, specialized brain scans reveal.

The phenomenon was first spotted in mouse models 10 years ago. Continue reading

Sleeping 9 Hours Doubles Risk Of Dementia

If you want to avoid getting a form of dementia in your later years, you should consider cutting down on beauty sleep, a new study finds.

Researchers at Boston University Medical Center examined data from the Framingham Heart Study, an established and ongoing project. They found that those who slept nine hours or more a night had double the risk of developing dementia than those who slept less than nine hours. Continue reading

Eat to Beat Dementia

How purple food, turmeric and even coffee could help boost your memory

Research into the links between what we eat and our risk of developing dementia is still new, but some foods do have the potential to reduce our risk of developing the condition

Ten years ago, I was contacted by a family whose elderly mum was fading away before their eyes. This wonderful lady had dementia, which was causing her difficulties with swallowing that made it hard for her to eat.

The family had been advised to puree her dinners in a blender, but, understandably, their mum didn’t want to eat the grey mush this produced.

I’ve been a dietitian for 25 years (and a trained Cordon Bleu chef), with a client list that includes top sports people, actors and singers, so I knew there was a better way to give her the nourishment she needed. Continue reading

Aluminum linked directly to early onset of Alzheimer’s disease

Aluminum is everywhere: it contaminates vaccines, it’s in a variety of medications, baby products, cosmetics, and it’s even in the food you eat. And like several other metals, it isn’t really all that great for the human brain (or the rest of the body).

Even the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) notes that aluminum can elicit negative effects in the musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory systems. This is especially worrisome because some research indicates that aluminum is capable of building up in bodily tissues, which would greatly increase its potential to cause harm. Continue reading

Are mushrooms the anti-Alzheimer’s superfood?

Scientists think so!

The bioactive compounds found in mushrooms could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of age-related neurodegenerative diseases, a new study claims

Mushrooms could be the food that protects you from Alzheimer’s disease, a new study claims.

Scientists have found that mushrooms contain contain bioactive compounds that could play a role in reducing or delaying the development of neurodegeneration. Continue reading

Concussions could cause Alzheimer’s

Researchers find clearest ever link between mild head injuries and the tragic brain disease

Concussions drastically increase one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research shows.

Scans performed on wounded war veterans have revealed the clearest evidence to date that mild head injuries wear down the defenses of brain regions vulnerable to the disease.

Until now, doctors considered severe traumatic brain injury a key risk factor for developing neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Odds of early death in Alzheimer’s patients nearly doubles after taking antipsychotic drugs

Alzheimer’s patients who take antipsychotic drugs have a significantly increased risk of dying early compared to those who don’t, new research out of Finland has found. An in-depth analysis of nearly 58,000 people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease between 2005 and 2011 found that those who take popular antipsychotics like Abilify (aripiprazole) or Risperdeal (risperidone) face as much as a 60 percent increased risk of premature death — and this risk is even higher when Alzheimer’s patients take two or more antipsychotics. Continue reading

The Inner World of Alzheimer’s, It’s Meaning and Purpose

The fact that there is a greater incidence today of Alzheimer’s disease than in previous centuries has not gone unnoticed by some observers who seek to account for its increased presence among the aging, one that occurs at great personal cost and with grave consequences for families and loved ones. A spiritual view of the inner world of Alzheimer’s disease casts light on its meaning and purpose, and the inner reorganization taking place as outer functioning diminishes. Continue reading

Aluminum in vaccines linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurological conditions

British researchers claim they have confirmed that aluminum plays a strong role in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are now the leading causes of death around the world, superseding heart disease. More than 5 million persons in the U.S., where it is the sixth leading cause of death, have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association; in the U.K., 850,000 people are living with the brain disorder.

By mid century, the number of Alzheimer’s suffers could range from 14 to 16 million. Continue reading

Sugar Linked to Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

It is hard to comprehend the degree of damage perpetrated by sugar, one of the most wildly popular and ubiquitous ingredients in the typical Western diet. Consumption of sugar has already been identified as a leading risk factor in obesity, tooth decay, fatty liver disease, insulin resistance leading to diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, cancer, and heart disease. It has been likened to any other addictive substance in its effects on the brain and its manipulation of dopamine and serotonin levels. Sugar has also been linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

The Inner World of Alzheimer’s, It’s Meaning and Purpose

The fact that there is a greater incidence today of Alzheimer’s disease than in previous centuries has not gone unnoticed by some observers who seek to account for its increased presence among the aging, one that occurs at great personal cost and with grave consequences for families and loved ones. A spiritual view of the inner world of Alzheimer’s disease casts light on its meaning and purpose, and the inner reorganization taking place as outer functioning diminishes.

The fact that there is a greater incidence today of Alzheimer’s disease than in previous centuries has not gone unnoticed by some observers who seek to account for its increased presence among the aging, one that occurs at great personal cost and with grave consequences for families and loved ones. Continue reading

Aluminium DOES cause Alzheimer’s

Expert says new findings confirm the metal plays a role in the devastating brain disease

There has been a strong link between human exposure to aluminium and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease for half a century or more. However, without definite proof, there is still no consensus in the scientific community about the role of this known neurotoxin in this devastating brain disease.

The latest research from my group, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, makes this link even more compelling. In my view, the findings are unequivocal in their confirmation of a role for aluminium in some if not all Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Did You Just Forget, or Is It Something More Serious?

The risk for dementia is 10 percent in people 65 years or older and nears 50 percent by the age of 85, experts say. Credit China Photos/Getty Images

The risk for dementia is 10 percent in people 65 years or older and nears 50 percent by the age of 85, experts say. Credit China Photos/Getty Images

Have you called your daughter by your wife’s name or your son by his brother’s name? Have you misplaced your car keys or forgotten where you parked at the mall?

If you worry these might be signs of significant memory loss or the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, which causes a slow deterioration in memory and reasoning skills, fear not, experts said.

Not all memory lapses are created equal. Continue reading

Why eating carrots, kale and sweet potatoes could prevent dementia as you grow older

Eating carrots, kale and sweet potatoes could prevent dementia in older adults, new research suggests.

carrotsConsuming the compounds that give plants and vegetables their vibrant colours can bolster brain functioning in older adults.

Those who had lower levels of carotenoids in their system had to rely on more brain power to complete memory-orientated tasks, scientists found. The powerful compounds can be found in a range of colourful vegetables and are known to improve cognitive ability. Continue reading

Why sense of SMELL is the biggest tell-tale factor for Alzheimer’s

…and could be spotted 10 YEARS before memory loss symptoms

smell-flowersA fading sense of smell could be the first sign of Alzheimer’s, a new report warns.

A study of 183 patients at Massachusetts General Hospital found those with early signs of the disease were far less likely to be able to identify or easily recall smells.

It is the latest, and most conclusive, evidence to date that memory loss is not the first sign of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Coffee really CAN help to prevent dementia

Just two cups a day ‘cuts the risk of developing it by 36 per cent’

Coffee is more than just an enjoyable treat, it can actually help to prevent the onslaught of dementia, scientists claim

Coffee is more than just an enjoyable treat, it can actually help to prevent the onslaught of dementia, scientists claim

It’s tasty, warm and gives you a much needed energy boost – just about everybody loves a cup of coffee.

But now scientists claim the hot drink is more than just an enjoyable treat, it can actually help to prevent the onslaught of dementia.

Women over the age of 65 who had a normal caffeine intake were 36 per cent less likely to develop a cognitive impairment, a study found, however experts haven’t quite put their finger on why just two cups of coffee a day can help to prevent dementia. Continue reading

High blood pressure is linked to DEMENTIA

Common condition ‘damages white matter in the brain’

blood_pressureHigh blood pressure – especially in middle age – is linked to dementia, a study has found.

More than one in four adults have high blood pressure, dubbed the silent killer, although many people will not know.

A review of existing studies by the American Heart Association (AHA) found high blood pressure ‘disrupts the structure and function of cerebral blood vessels’.

This leads to damage of the white matter parts of the brain that are critical for cognitive function, and may promote dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Diet and Alzheimer’s: A Correlation

Alzheimer-A-Tu-Salud1We all fear Alzheimer’s. No one wants to become a vegetable who is dependent on his family or some expensive staff.

There are lots of health food assessments and diets. Whether they work or not is mostly guesswork and faith. So is the following. But this was published in Psychology Today. This does not make it true, but at least it makes it acceptable within the limits of conventional medicine. It means that there is conventional research behind it. This research comes to semi-conventional findings. What amazes me is this: the findings are consistent with correlations that medical science has been aware of for years. Yet I am only now hearing about this. This information should be widely known among laymen. It isn’t.

The findings are consistent with what Francis Pottenger told me in 1949. He was my personal physician when I was 7-9 years old. Today, once again, I am happy that he was. He got me well in 18 months. He may have kept me well ever since. I have followed his regimen ever since.

I offer this in the spirit of friendly sharing. Read it while you still can. ~ Gary North ~ The Tea Party Economist
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Study finds ‘staggering’ signs of dementia in 9/11 First Responders

According to the study authors, one-fifth of of the World Trade Center first responders on September 11, 2001, subsequently developed PTSD. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

According to the study authors, one-fifth of of the World Trade Center first responders on September 11, 2001, subsequently developed PTSD. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

In the first study of its kind, 9/11 responders at the World Trade Center are suffering increased symptoms of dementia at a younger age, results doctors call “staggering.”

The findings revealed in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring, suggest that 3,740-5,300 first responders will suffer from potentially debilitating cognitive impairment and 240-810 individuals will get hit with dementia.

The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is next month. Continue reading

Scared of getting Alzheimer’s? Try the Mediterranean diet!

High fats, fish, and vegetables ‘cut risk of brain disorder by fueling attention, memory and language skills’

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Eat up! Elderly people who eat plenty of fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats see improved attention, memory, and language skills

A Mediterranean-style diet dramatically cuts your risk of Alzheimer’s, a new study claims.

Elderly people who eat plenty of fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats see improved attention, memory, and language skills. Continue reading

1 in 9 American adults over the age of 65 now have Alzheimer’s disease

The onset of Alzheimer’s might be accelerated among those with sleeping problem, experts said (file photo)

Cases of Alzheimer’s are on the increase, with one out of nine Americans over 65 now suffering from the disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

(Upcoming: Attend the FREE online Alzheimer’s and Dementia Summit by signing up here.)

There are 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s – roughly 5.2 million are over the age of 65, and an estimated 200,000 suffer from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Does Aluminum In Pans And Antiperspirants Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease?

aluminumThe connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease has long been suspected, though concrete proof has yet to be discovered. During the 60s and 70s, the belief that aluminum was causing Alzheimer’s was at a high. Since then, some researchers have debunked the idea.

However, many still think that the two are connected. Does aluminum cause Alzheimer? Before we back or dismiss this notion, we need to know what we’re dealing with. Continue reading

Can a 36-point plan reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s?

alzheimersDoctors claim to have reversed memory loss in Alzheimer’s sufferers by using a programme of diet and lifestyle changes.

Patients with memory problems bad enough to make them give up work saw their lives dramatically improve.

The 36-point treatment plan, which does not rely on drugs, is personalised to each patient. Typical steps include taking up yoga to ease stress, trying to get eight hours of sleep a night, exercising up to six times a week and playing brain training computer games. Continue reading

Why is there no cure for Alzheimer’s?

Scientists have misunderstood the disease for 30 years

Scientists believe the notorious protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease may play a key role in fighting infections, such as salmonella

Scientists believe the notorious protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease may play a key role in fighting infections, such as salmonella

It is the most common form of dementia, and yet there is still no means of preventing or curing Alzheimer’s disease.

Scientists believe the notorious protein that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease may play a key role in fighting infection. Continue reading

As Alzheimer’s Costs Rise, Researches Double-Down on a Cure

AlzheimerIn another startling reminder of the cost of treating and caring for the nation’s 5 million people with ’s disease and other forms of dementia, a new study released this week found that one out of every five Medicare dollars is spent on Alzheimer’s — a rate that will more than double by 2050.

The report by the Alzheimer’s Association claims that total government spending this year for the hospital and nursing home care and hospice treatment for Alzheimer’s victims will reach $236 billion. Continue reading

Western diets and a lack of exercise ‘responsible for one in FOUR cases of Alzheimer’s’

burger-friesIt’s been said that a Western diet – rich in animal products, fats and sugars – is bad for the heart.

And now, a new study revealed prolonged consumption could also have a negative impact on the brain.

Scientists discovered the diet – coupled with a lack of exercise – contributes to 25 per cent of Alzheimer’s disease cases. Continue reading