A new study indicates that patients with high blood pressure are at a higher risk of developing dementia. This research also shows (for the first time) that an MRI can be used to detect very early signatures of neurological damage in people with high blood pressure, before any symptoms of dementia occur.
With two of the last drug-makers abandoning their late stage trials, the familiar question comes up again: Why would you want to know if you have Alzheimer’s when there is no cure? The opinions are divided.
Move For Minds is a partnership created four years ago with Equinox.They go into these gyms where people were concerned about their bodies, focused on fitness, and try to spread the message about brain fitness to them. The goal is to get people thinking not just about their bodies, but their brains, because what we now know about Alzheimer’s is that it’s 20 years or longer in your brain. And we’re trying to get the message about caring for your brain and preventing Alzheimer’s to people who are in their 30s and 40s.
Precision medicine in Alzheimer’s disease — tailoring prevention and treatment to a patient’s unique risk profile — surfaced as a key theme at the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit.
Researchers do not fully understand why older Latino and black adults are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Genetics, level of education, coincidence of chronic disease, like diabetes, and stress are all suspected factors, as is an inactive lifestyle and poor nutrition.
UC San Diego and Scripps Research Institute scientists announced Wednesday they have identified a gene that prevents harmful protein deposits, or “aggregates,” associated with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
“Changes in the visual system, and the eye itself, can parallel changes in the brain, and are more easily detected with some of the tools we use every day in clinic,” Van Stavern told Medscape Medical News.
Numerous studies suggest being overweight during middle age increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A new study by the National Institutes of Health found that people who are obese at age 50 may develop, or have a higher risk for, younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
“While spare change doesn’t seem like a lot, automatically rounding up one’s transaction adds up to about $50 per month on average,” Tokarsky said. “Just think about it. Does it really make sense for millions of people to wait around to die from a horrible disease, simply because one can’t make a profit developing a cure? Doesn’t it make more sense to invest our spare change, regardless if we make money or lose it, but so that we have a pretty decent chance for a cure in 5, 10 or 15 years?”
The study in the link for today paints a grim picture of the danger of how we live in our society. Switch off your internet at 9 pm, dim the lights at 10 and go sleep, the unpaid bills and unfinished projects will be waiting for you the next day.