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Beta Blockers taken for High Blood Pressure might prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:00:51 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that men who took beta-blockers for treating high blood pressure were less likely to have brain shrinkage and other anomalies that could signal Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia.

The Honolulu-Asia Aging Study involved 774 elderly Japanese-American men. After the men died, autopsies were conducted. Six-hundred-ten out of 774 men had high blood pressure or were being treated with high blood pressure medication.

Less than half, around 350, of the men had been taking blood pressure medication; 15 percent took only beta blocker medication, 18 percent took beta blockers with one or more other hypertensive medications, and the remaining took another type of blood pressure medication with no beta blockers.

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TFP5 compound shows promise to reverse Alzheimer’s Disease

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:15:25 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Researchers injected TFP5 molecules into mice with Alzheimer’s disease and were able to restore their memory function. The new findings were published in the January 2013 issue of the FASEB Journal.

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health injected TFP5 molecules into mice that had a disease similar to the Alzheimer’s disease in humans. To measure against a control group, other brain diseased mice were injected with a placebo. The mice that received the TFP5 molecules had their symptoms reversed and they had regained their memory while the placebo group continued to decline as expected. The TFP5 did not demonstrate any toxic side effects in the mice.

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Extended Radiation Exposure could speed up Alzheimer’s disease in Astronauts

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 01:29:17 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A recent animal study suggests that cosmic radiation could speed up the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in astronauts traveling on deep space missions. The scientists published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE.

Senior study author, M. Kerry O’Banion, M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, explained the cancer health risk factor due to radiation exposure in space has already been acknowledged. However, their researchers wanted to see if there was a risk for developing cognitive problems from the radiation exposure, which could lead to an accelerated onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Earth’s magnetic field provides protection from much of the radiation, but when astronauts travel into space they exposed to a variety of radioactive particles.

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Cocoa consumption might improve Memory Function in Elderly

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 05:20:06 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A study found that eating cocoa flavanols on a daily basis might help to improve mild cognitive impairment such as memory loss. The study results were published in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension.

Flavonols are compounds that naturally occur in apples, tea, grapes, red wine, and cocoa. Other research has suggested that consumption of flavonols might reduce the risk of developing dementia.

One theory as to why flavonols may benefit the brain is that they could help improve blood flow. Another idea is that flavonols might work within the brain structure and thereby preserving function and neurons. The idea is that the flavonols might improve metabolism and may help with the molecular structure that is involved with memory.

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Tai Chi Exercise increased Brain Size in Elderly

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 05:14:04 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A study found that Chinese elderly people were able to increase brain volume and improve their memory and thinking skills when they did Tai Chi three times per week over an eight month period. Researchers from the University of South Florida and Fudan University in Shanghai, China reported their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer ’s disease.

The study was inspired from previous research that showed increased brain volume after people participated in aerobic exercise programs. These researchers conducted an 8-month randomized controlled trial that assigned one group to practice Tai Chi and the other had no change. During the same trial, the researchers found that the group that was part of lively discussions three times per week, also showed increased brain volume and mild cognitive improvements.

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Alzheimer’s disease might be delayed by drinking Caffeinated Coffee

Sun, 10 Jun 2012 02:41:25 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - In a recent study, elderly adults who had higher blood caffeine levels avoided progressing into Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers said that most of the people drank coffee as their primary source of caffeine intake. The study was published in the June 5 online version of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In the study that came from researchers at the University of South Florida, 124 residents of Tampa or Miami between 65 and 88 were studied for their memory function and caffeine intake. All the participants had mild cognitive impairment (MCI) at the beginning of the study because the researchers wanted to see if their mental condition would worsen or be protected from caffeine intake. The researchers point out that around 15 percent of people with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease every year.

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Use it or lose it when it comes to Brain Function in Old Age

Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:24:43 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that elderly people fared better with their cognitive performance when they were engaged socially, mentally, and physically. In a study that appeared in the April 27, 2012 issue of the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers discussed the importance of staying engaged to preserve brain function when we age.

Lars Nyberg of Umeå University in Sweden explained, “Although some memory functions do tend to decline as we get older, several elderly show well preserved functioning and this is related to a well-preserved, youth-like brain.”

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Better Brain Function in Elderly who ate Blueberries and Strawberries

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 05:44:12 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - A new study found elderly women who ate more blueberries and strawberries slowed their cognitive decline by up to 2.5 years. The study was published in the April 25, 2012 issue of Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society.

The berries contain an antioxidant called flavonoids, which also offer anti-inflammatory properties. Previous smaller studies found eating foods high in flavonoids, particularly anthocyanidins, improved in cognitive function.

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Alzheimer’s disease risk reduced with Regular Physical Activity

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:23:56 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Staying physically active on a daily basis may reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease for a person at any age. The benefit was seen even with people over the age of 80 in a study conducted by researchers from Rush University Medical Center. The study was published in the online issue of Neurology and the April 18 edition of the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The physical activity does not need to be a just a big workout, things such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are also beneficial. The study tracked the activity of 716 older people with an average age of 82 that did not have dementia. The researchers used an actigraph device to monitor their activity on their non-dominant wrist for a 10-day period.

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2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 22:07:25 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

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Disease Prevention tips on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’

Tue, 26 Jul 2011 05:09:33 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Dr. Oz hosted a special ‘Prevention Power Hour’ on his TV show today and said it is never too late to prevent disease. By changing how you do things you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease by up to 80 percent, cancer up to 60 percent, and type 2 diabetes up to 90 percent, he explained. Two doctors join him on the show to explain simple lifestyle changes that can prevent diseases. Later on, Dr. Oz had Health Magazine editor, Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, shared some unique household products that can offer health prevention - all for under $10.

Donald Hensrund, Md, chair Preventive Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and said that preventive medicine, helps people make lifestyle changes to feel better now and live longer.

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Health Quiz on 'The Dr. Oz Show' points out Symptoms and Signs of more Serious Medical Conditions

Wed, 06 Jul 2011 05:20:49 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, Dr. Oz had a quiz asking ‘How Healthy Are You?’ He said sometimes we take our health for granted. Working with a panel of medical doctors Oz came up with this questionnaire. Doctors say that there are warning signs that happen before a big health problems occur and Doctor Oz wanted people to be aware of these signs. He gave the viewers and the audience a questionnaire that a panel of doctors helped to put together.

Here are the Questions asked on the show:

1. Do you wake up more than twice a night?

If you answer Yes give yourself 1 point, if No 0 points

Carol Ash DO is a sleep medicine specialist that was on Doctor Oz’s panel of experts on the show today. She explained that you need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have chronic lack or disrupted sleep you are at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also impair your immune system. Additionally, not having enough good sleep at night can interrupt your thinking and can cause daytime accidents.

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Dr Oz Discusses the Five Biggest Health Mistakes Women Make and Varicose Veins

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 11:22:06 +0000


(Best Syndication News) On Wednesday’s show, Doctor Oz covered several symptoms women need to watch out for. He also discusses a new treatment for varicose veins.

5 Biggest Health Mistakes Women Make

A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every two and a half minutes, according to Doctor Mehmet Oz. Every 60 seconds a woman has a heart attack and every 32 seconds a woman is diagnosed with diabetes.

“It only takes a second to spot a warning sign, if you know what to look for,” Oz told his audience.

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Dementia and Alzheimer's disease increased risk from being overweight and obese in middle age years

Mon, 02 May 2011 22:18:26 +0000


(Best Syndication News) - Dementia increased in people that were overweight or obese during middle age years said a recent study that was published in the May 3, 2011 issue of the American Academy of Neurology's medical journal, 'Neurology.'

Weili Xu, MD, PhD, with the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden was the study's author, who along with colleagues, investigated data from the Swedish Twin Registry of 8,534 twins age 65 or older. The researcher found 350 people diagnosed with dementia and another 114 people who possibly had dementia. Also the research looked at the people's height and weight 30 years prior to see if there was a correlating risk factor for being overweight or obese and developing dementia.

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TOPOMAX recall announced for two lots of prescription medication

Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:26:04 +0000


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(Best Syndication News) - Two lots of TOPAMAX® (topiramate) 100mg dosage with 60 tablets in the bottle have been voluntarily recalled because of an unusual odor said the manufacturer, Ortho-McNeil Neurologics Division of Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The smell they believe is related to a trace amount of TBA (2,4,6 tribromoanisole). The TBA could have come from a chemical preservative that is applied to wood such as the pallets that were used during transportation. The company received four consumers that reported the smell, which prompted the voluntary recall.

The recall involves around 57,000 bottles, but they believe there are less than 6,000 bottles that are in the marketplace. The two lots were shipped to US and Puerto Rico locations between October 19, 2010 and December 28, 2010.

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Vitamin B Slows Brain Shrinkage And Possibly Alzheimer’s Disease

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 08:22:45 +0000


(Best Syndication News) Extra vitamin B supplements could slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers are saying this week. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England conducted a two-year study to determine whether B vitamin pills could slow or prevent brain atrophy in elderly people who suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Brain atrophy, or cerebral, atrophy is the loss of cells or brain tissue. Either the whole brain could shrink or the tissue could lose neurons and the connection between them. Atrophy can impair brain function and lead to dementia and / or seizures.

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Men have more mild cognitive impairment than Women says Study

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 21:36:05 +0000


Photo Courtesy of Daniel Sone (Photographer) - National Cancer Institute PD

(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that men had mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher more often than women. The study will be published in the September 2, 2010 print issue of Neurology®, which is a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Mild cognitive impairment can lead to Alzheimer's disease. This study found a higher rate of mild cognitive impairment in men. Gender may play a role of mental decline, where a man will have impairment slowly overtime and a women may decline rapidly later in life.

In this study, researchers interviewed and tested 2,050 people ranging in age from 70 to 89 years that were from Olmstead County, Minnesota about their memory and thinking abilities. There was around 10 percent that had dementia. There was 76 percent that had normal memory and thinking abilities. A total of 19 percent of men showed mild cognitive impairment, while there was 14 percent of women showing mild cognitive impairment.

In addition to these findings the researchers also noticed that those that had the lowest level of education or were never married had the higher rates of mild cognitive impairment.

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Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:44:39 +0000


Shown here is a beautiful display of sliced honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and seedless red grapes. Courtesy Daniel Sone NCI PD

(Best Syndication News) - Resveratrol, which is found in grape's outer skin and in peanuts, contain enzymes called sirtuins. Resveratrol has previously been touted as an anti-aging compound, but now researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory think that Sirtuin1 could possibly improve memory and a person's learning ability as well. The study is in the July 11th issure of Nature.

The MIT researchers found that the Sirtuin1 protein improves memory and brain flexibility. They are hopeful that this researcher will help to develop new drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases as well.

The researchers have previously shown that Sirtuin1 was able to increase neuronal survival in mice models that reflected Alzheimer's disease. The Sirtuin1 also reduced the amount of neurodegeneration and had also prevented learning disabilities.

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Alzheimer's Disease Gene identified that Increases Risk

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:39:04 +0000


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[Best Syndication News] Researchers have found a gene, MTHFD1L, that they believe is associated with an increased risk for developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. The researchers will be presenting their findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, which is running from April 10 – 17, 2010.

Researchers looked at 2,269 people that were diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer's Disease for a common gene variation. They compared the Alzheimer's patients genetics against the genes of 3,107 people that don't have the disease. They searched for matches in the whole genome instead of just isolated areas.

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Inverse Relationship Between Alzheimer’s Disease And Cancer

Fri, 25 Dec 2009 02:25:29 +0000


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(Best Syndication News) There may be an inverse relationship between cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the journal Neorology. This exciting discovery could lead to treatments for both diseases because cancer is less likely to develop in Alzheimer’s patients and Alzheimer’s is less likely to develop in cancer patients (details below).

According to American Academy of Neurology member, Catherine M. Roe, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, this is thrilling research. “Discovering the links between these two conditions may help us better understand both diseases and open up avenues for possible treatments”, Roe said. She is also the author of the study.

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