Overly optimistic about a cure for Alzheimer’s?

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This is the most important column I’ve ever written.  The message is quite complex–dozens of new health parameters to test for and to optimize, all of them interacting in ways that will require new training for MDs.  The message is also as simple as it can be: There is a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. You can stop reading right here, and buy two copies of Dale Bredesen’s book, one for you and one for your doctor:  The End of Alzheimer’s.

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after 40 years of study a potential solution may be close

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A potential new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is beginning a clinical trial in 100 patients in London this month. The government’s National Institute for Health Research is providing £4.5m to run the three-year trial, in the hope that a drug called miridesap will succeed where so many others have failed — and slow or even reverse patients’ progression to dementia.

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The best defense is attack or in this case, prevention of Alzheimer’s

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It may be too late to stop Alzheimer’s in people who already have some mental decline. But what if a treatment could target the very earliest brain changes while memory and thinking skills are still intact, in hope of preventing the disease? Two big studies are going all out to try.

Clinics throughout the United States and some other countries are signing up participants — the only studies of this type enrolling healthy older people.

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Anti Alzheimer’s food

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We’re told to be mindful about what we eat, what we eat is just as important for our bodies as it is for our brain. Chef KC, owner of Flora in West Hartofrd, and Jenilee Writz, a volunteer with The Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter, are showing us some foods that can help ward off Alzheimer’s.

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Ah, this is why all those tests failed

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Researchers at King’s College London have discovered a vicious feedback loop underlying brain degeneration in Alzheimer’s disease which may explain why so many drug trials have failed. The study also identifies a clinically approved drug which breaks the vicious cycle and protects against memory-loss in animal models of Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer’s, who is more at risk, ladies or gentlemen?

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Women are more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than men, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

There’s a higher risk in women, even after discounting their longer life expectancy.

The exact reason why women are more at risk of the dementia isn’t entirely understood, but it’s believed to be related to their genetic makeup.

But, men are more likely to develop vascular dementia, the charity warned.

“Some risk factors for dementia can’t be changed,” it said. “The most important are a person’s age, genes, sex and ethnic origin.

“Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than men [even allowing for the fact that women on average live longer]. Continue reading

Put your own oxygen mask on first!

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Caregiving for a loved one with dementia can consume your life. But when everything revolves around that person, no time or energy is left to take care of yourself.

That’s bad for both of you, said UC San Diego neuropsychologist Guerry (pronounced “Gary”) M. Peavy. An exhausted person won’t be able to provide the best care, she said. Worse, the caregiver’s own health becomes at risk, raising the chance of cardiovascular disease or even dementia.

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This is how exercise works for (against) Alzheimer’s

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A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis -inducing the production of new neurons — in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their investigation shows that those beneficial effects on cognition can be blocked by the hostile inflammatory environment present in the brain of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and that physical exercise can “clean up” the environment, allowing new nerve cells to survive and thrive and improving cognition in the Alzheimer’s mice.

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Even one day can do damage

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The researchers, studying rodent models, found that the more complex a memory is, the greater the risk that it will be compromised by a high-fat diet. The study demonstrates that such a diet causes deficits in episodic, spatial and contextual memory.

Episodic memory (those that provide context, such as ‘what, when, who and where’) is important in humans as it is one of the first types of memory to be compromised in Alzheimer’s disease and deficits in this memory type have been linked to a higher body mass index in young adults.

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