Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Treatment: Snake Oil or Scientific Breakthrough

2015-10-30 11:08

What’s behind the claims and promises of the wonder treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Reading a magazine, watching television or logging onto your Facebook account can give you an endless supply of so-called break-through treatment and cures to investigate – articles, ads, infomerci

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Managing Dementia Behaviors Is Easier Than You Think

2015-10-23 11:44
Alzheimer's disease patient

Medical students are often taught, “When you hear hoofs, think horses, not zebras”. Zebra is a metaphor for symptoms, a condition, illness or disease that may be obscure, rare, scary or difficult to manage. The way to identify the sound of the hoof beats is to rule out the zebra. Maybe managing a dementia patient’s behavior is as easy as riding a horse as oppose to a riding a wild zebra.

I think a lot of people just attribute the unexplained behavior to the disease itself and think nothing can be done whether it is Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia unless we medicate

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Alzheimer’s Drug Aricept 23 (Donepezil) #4 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

2015-10-19 20:58
Alzheimer's Disease Treatment Drug

Also see nutritional changes you can make now to possibly prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s is an insidious and heartbreaking disease often misrecognized or misdiagnosed as “normal aging” or mere “forgetfulness”.

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Faces Change, Hearts Don't: Alzheimer's is Stealing My Mom

2015-10-12 14:07
Alzheimer's Patients Have the Same Heart

I hear so many people say that they are devastated because they have lost their loved one to Alzheimer’s disease even though their loved one is still living. “Alzheimer’s disease has stolen my mom.” “My mother doesn’t know who I am” “She isn’t the same person.” My response is, “She is the same person she was 10 years ago, 40 years ago.” She is an elderly, forgetful, younger version of the person you call mom.

If your mother with Alzheimer’s disease believes that she is 25 years old (although she is 70), she is 25.

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Surviving The Waves of Dementia Care Grief

2015-10-12 13:57
Dementia caregiving

If you are caring for someone with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, you've certainly been sailing on a tumultuous sea of emotions. Although you may have educated yourself about the disease and what to expects as the disease progresses, we all dread the reality that our loved one will soon be gone altogether.

We may try to brace ourselves for the sadness of losing our loved one to Alzheimer's disease for the extreme loss and emotional pain that we will surely feel when they are gone.

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Large trial shows how resveratrol might treat Alzheimer's disease

2015-09-12 14:47
Natural compound resveratrol shows promise for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have published results of the largest trial to date that shows resveratrol might be a future option for treating Alzheimer's disease. The finding highlights how the compound found in red wine, grapes and dark chocolate stabilizes brain plaque to halt dementia.

The study, conducted by Georgetown University Medical Center researchers, included 119 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease who were given a pure form of resveratrol.

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Have researchers finally uncovered the cause of Alzheimer's disease?

2015-08-29 10:04
Previously overlooked brain finding could be Alzheimer's breakthrough.

University of Montreal researchers have made what they describe as a breakthrough discovery that could finally provide drugs that treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer's disease. The new finding that had been previously overlooked suggests fatty deposits in the brain may be the cause of Alzheimer's disease that affects 47.5 million people worldwide.

The finding, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, means new drugs could be developed to treat and possibly cure Alzheimer's disease.

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9 Risk Factors Contribute Most to Alzheimer's Disease

2015-08-21 18:40
risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Currently, Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but in a new study researchers have identified 9 risk factors that contribute to the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases. The fact that these risk factors can be modified to some degree offers the possibility that individuals can help ward off development of this devastating condition.

In addition to the 9 risk factors that contribute to the development of the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases, the authors of the study also identified others that can play a significant role i

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New insight into why older brains prone to Alzheimer's disease

2015-08-10 20:50
Researchers uncover why aging brain more susceptible to Alzheimer's

No one knows exactly what causes Alzheimer's disease. Researchers know the risk of the most severe form of dementia increases with aging. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have now discovered what happens in the brain as we get older to raise our chances of Alzheimer's disease.

Amyloid plaque that consists of amyloid beta 42, along with tau proteins that entangle nerve fibers in the brain destroys memory and thinking.

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How Sleeping Position May Fight Alzheimer's

2015-08-10 11:10
sleeping position and Alzheimer's

The prayer that begins “Now I lay me down to sleep” may acquire a whole new meaning if the findings of a recent study from Stony Brook University School of Medicine can be applied to humans. A research team reported that “the lateral position during sleep has advantage with regard to the removal of waste products including Aβ [amyloid-beta],” the accumulation of which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Previous clinical research has shown that sleep supports the clearance of amyloid-beta from the brain, according to the authors.

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How Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease are Connected

2015-05-06 08:18
diabetes and Alzheimer's disease are connected

A new study provides significant evidence that diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have a special relationship. Experts at Washington University School of Medicine report that high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can raise the levels of key protein fragments found in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Numerous previous studies have suggested the relationship between diabetes and the most common form of dementia.

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Diabetes and depression increase dementia risk

2015-04-15 21:59
Combination of depression and diabetes increase dementia risk

Depression and diabetes on their own can affect the brain, but together they can significantly increase the risk of dementia, a new study found.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough interfere with daily life.

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Progress in Alzheimer's Research for Effective Treatments

2015-04-15 11:12
Alzheimer's disease treatment research

Perhaps one of the greatest fears that people face as they age is developing Alzheimer’s disease. This chronic and incurable disease afflicts more than five million Americans who suffer gradual onset and progression of memory and other cognitive losses to the extent that they can no longer care for themselves.

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described the abnormal brain protein deposits – amyloid plaques and tau tangles – that accumulate in brain regions that control mental function.

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Fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients given their diagnosis

2015-03-24 13:26
Fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients given diagnosis

Fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients or their caretakers were given their diagnosis by their doctor, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association.

The 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report also found that over 90 percent of people with the four

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How Ultrasound Could Stop Alzheimer's Disease

2015-03-14 07:51
ultrasound stop Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) report they have found how ultrasound could stop Alzheimer’s disease. Thus far this finding has been observed in a mouse only, but future studies in sheep and humans are planned.

The expert team used ultrasound to remove amyloid-beta peptide (aka amyloid-B or amyloid plaque) from the brain of a mouse that had the plaque deposits and displayed symptoms of

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Physical and mental exercises may protect against elderly cognitive decline

2015-03-12 20:50
Physical, mental exercise can prevent cognitive decline in the elderly

Mental and physical exercises, along with healthy eating, can slow cognitive decline in the elderly, according to new research.

Previous studies have shown links between cognitive decline and factors such as fitness, heart health, and diet.

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Could beer really fend off Alzheimer's disease?

2015-01-31 08:42
Compound in hops could help prevent neurological diseases.

According to scientists, hops in beer could be more healthful than previously known, especially for protecting the brain from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Findings reported in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggest xanthohumol found in hops might slow the progression of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

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Medications commonly given to elders could substantially spike Alzheimer's risk

2014-09-11 13:10
Alzheimer's linked to popular prescription drugs

Are your medications putting you at risk for Alzheimer's disease? Researchers recently found a link between common medications known as benzodiazepines that are prescribed for almost half of elders in the US and the development of Alzheimer's disease.

If you, a spouse, parent or family member are taking anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax or Valium you might be interested in what the medications can do your brain.

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Cocoa extract may be a delicious way to help Alzheimer's patients

2014-06-25 10:10
Delicious chocolate

Alzheimer's disease is a devastating disease in which we witness a deterioration in cognitive functioning. Attempts to deal with this disorder often appear like a waste of time due to the tragic progressive nature of the illness. It therefore appears almost magical that something as tasty as cocoa extract may help with Alzheimer's. Recent research shows this may be true.

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The Happy Antics Holistic Program May Help Dementia Sufferers

2014-05-26 06:23
Happy Antics Holistic and Dementia

Dementia can be a horrifying condition that undermines the well being of sufferers and loved ones alike. It often appears as if there is nothing that can be done to help people afflicted with dementia which generates feelings of hopelessness and helplessness among sufferers of the condition and caregivers. New research which shows that holistic exercise may help people with dementia offers a more positive assessment of the possibilities in dealing with this condition.

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Could Medical Treatment Already Be Available to Slow Alzheimer's Disease

2014-05-15 19:00
Medical Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease

Currently it is estimated that 5.2 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease with almost two-thirds of them women. The latest facts and figures from the Alzheimer’s Association suggests that this number will continue to rapidly rise as the “baby boom” generation ages. By 2050, the number of those affected may reach as many as 16 million.

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Fats in the blood may predict who will get Alzheimer's disease

2014-03-11 09:20
A blood test can tell who will get Alzheimer's disease three years before the disease develops

Researchers are beginning clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease (AD) that could identify who will develop the disease three years before symptoms. The test, if commercialized, could be used to screen large numbers of people for AD. It also means new therapies could be developed to delay symptoms of the neurological disease that is expected to affect 115.4 million people by 2050.

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Low IQ and poor cardiovascular fitness in teens increases risk of early-onset dementia

2014-03-11 07:30
Young teens staying in shape

Possibly being hit with the gradual worsening of cognitive abilities, or dementia, is a significant concern as we age. An increased understanding of this tragic condition often leads younger people to consider making a commitment to healthy lifestyles, such as daily exercise and good nutrition, to help avoid dementia. It appears these measures can be taken relatively early in life to attempt to avoid dementia from setting in as we age.

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Brain cells may be changed by learning new ideas

2014-02-27 07:10
A human brain

Function determines brain structure in the same way as structure determines function. What this means is the human brain always has potential for change and negativistic views by psychiatrists that people whom they label as suffering from mental illness have fixed structural defects in the brain represent a backwards view of the potential of the human brain to be nurtured not just by good nutrition, but also by learning, and move forward.

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Nutritional supplement with blueberries and green tea boosts elderly cognitive health

2014-02-07 07:26
A human brain

There are deep fears about the possibility of losing your mind as people age. Reports of the deteriorating cognitive health of many older people are always emerging. In order to lessen the chances of cognitive decline with aging there have been suggestions a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition may help. Recent research shows a potent nutritional supplement may just do the trick in helping to protect cognitive functioning in the elderly.

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