August 27, 2010
A protein released when rheumatoid arthritis is present in the body may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The surprise finding in a mouse study may explain why people with rheumatoid arthritis have lower rates of developing Alzheimer's. Experts used to think that the drugs that people took for rheumatoid arthritis -- called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs -- also reduced the risk of Alzheimer's disease. That led to clinical trials to see if NSAIDs reduced the risk of Alzheimer's in a range of patients.
August 25, 2010
Japanese researchers combing through the preserved brain samples of 135 men and women who lived and died in the town of Hisayama have found that those who developed insulin resistance and other metabolic disturbances during their lives were more likely to show plaque deposits in the brain that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease . The study, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology , sheds light on how Alzheimer's may...
July 26, 2010 |
The audience wasn't happy. Its members — private citizens, healthcare professionals and advocates for the elderly — had gathered to hear a report on how to prevent Alzheimer's; instead, they were told that, in fact, nothing has been proved to keep the disease at bay. "We're not trying to take anyone's hope away," said report co-author Dr. Carl C. Bell, a professor of psychiatry and public health at the University of Illinois, Chicago,...
July 14, 2010 |
It's time to update the way Alzheimer's disease and early stages of the illness are diagnosed, according to experts on the disease. Diagnostic criteria for the disease have not been updated since 1984. Preliminary information on new diagnostic criteria was released Tuesday at a meeting of the Alzheimer's Assn. International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease in Honolulu. The proposed new criteria, which are still under study, would rely on advances in detecting biomarkers for the disease, such as substances found in spinal fluid or appearing on sophisticated brain imaging scans conducted with PET or MRI. Effort is expected to be placed on diagnosing early stages of the disease as soon as possible so that patients can participate in studies to slow the progression or prevent further damage.
July 13, 2010 |
For patients with Alzheimer's disease, it helps to have a big head. That's the conclusion of a new study that examined the head circumferences of 270 participants in the Multi-Institutional Research in Alzheimer's Genetic Epidemiology study (or MIRAGE for short). Apparently, the extra cranial capacity affords patients some cognitive reserve, resulting in better brain function at any given level of cerebral atrophy. Researchers had previously noted an inverse relationship between cognitive performance and head circumference.
May 11, 2010 |
Reporting from Chicago After decades of research and multiple failed attempts to find a treatment, the pharmaceutical industry is entering a crucial phase in the search for a drug that can slow, or stop, the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Drug makers see huge moneymaking potential because of the aging population. Alzheimer's afflicts more than 5 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
April 26, 2010 |
Pregnant women need them for their babies' brains. Kids need them to learn. Adults get healthier hearts from them. The do-it-all nutrients known as omega-3 fatty acids appear to reduce pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis — and may help treat autism, bipolar disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease, ADHD and prostate cancer. Even dogs and cats need omega-3s to stay healthy. So eat more fish. Take fish oil pills (or their vegetarian counterparts). Start buying fortified foods.
December 7, 2009 |
Is there really a connection between drinking juices out of aluminum cans and developing Alzheimer's disease? It is unlikely that drinking fruit or vegetable juice from aluminum cans would increase the risk of Alzheimer's. Aluminum cans are coated with a plastic lining to prevent corrosion and protect juice from acquiring a metallic flavor. These liners are not completely innocuous, we fear. Many of them contain bisphenol A (BPA), a compound that mimics estrogen. A December analysis in Consumer Reports notes that some juice and canned foods contain measurable amounts of BPA. :: Is there an exercise that helps relieve vertigo?
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November 12, 2009 |
Esther Hautzig, whose memoir of growing up in exile in Siberia, "The Endless Steppe," has become a classic of children's literature, died Nov. 1 at a New York City hospital. She was 79 and had Alzheimer's disease. Hautzig was born into comfortable circumstances in Vilnius, Lithuania, then part of Poland, where her family ran a jewelry store. In 1941, after the Soviet Union and Germany signed a nonaggression pact that put Vilnius under Soviet control, Hautzig's family was arrested for being capitalists.