Does red wine help to stave off Alzheimer’s?

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Great article by Georgia Ede, MD

here is the punch line: Interventional studies of light to moderate drinking are unfortunately few and far between, therefore the risks of having a glass or two of wine with dinner are poorly understood. It is up to you to carefully consider the risks in your particular case. If you choose to drink red wine, do so because you enjoy it, rather than because of unfounded assertions that it’s good for your brain.

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Alzheimer’s and women

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The annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) shows that the disease progresses differently in women than it does in men. Two thirds of the approximately 5.8 mil-lion Americans living with the disease are women. That’s because women live longer than men, right? Well, that’s long been the assumption, but there’s more to it than that.

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The World Alzheimer’s report 2019

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The report reveals astonishing attitudes towards dementia:

  • Almost 80% of the general public are concerned about developing dementia at some point and 1 in 4 people think that there is nothing we can do to prevent dementia
  • 35% of carers across the world said that they have hidden the diagnosis of dementia of a family member
  • Over 50% of carers globally say their health has suffered as a result of their caring responsibilities even whilst expressing positive sentiments about their role
  • Almost 62% of healthcare providers worldwide think that dementia is part of normal ageing
  • 40% of the general public think doctors and nurses ignore people with dementia

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a novel about Alzheimer’s challenges

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Joan Cohen is passionate about spreading awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. “We’re talking about the sixth leading cause of death, and it’s the only one that can’t be cured, prevented or slowed,” the Stockbridge resident shared in a recent phone interview. Cohen’s debut novel, “Land of Last Chances” (Aug. 13, She Writes Press), seeks to illuminate the challenges of those suffering from the disease.

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Aerobic exercise really helps

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A half hour of aerobic exercise four to five times a week may prevent or slow cognitive decline in older adults who are at a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Music and memory program connects Alzheimer’s, dementia residents to their past

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“You may have somebody who can’t still do verbal language, but you put music on them and they will start to sing, so there’s some type of recognition that’s still there and we don’t truly understand all of it but we know it’s there and it works,” said Avantara Saint Cloud Alzheimer’s Care Director Shauna Gunnells.

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Research takes another path

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For years researchers have been guided by one leading theory — that getting rid of a buildup of a sticky protein called amyloid would ease the mind-robbing disease. Yet drug after drug has failed. They might clear out the gunk, but they’re not stopping Alzheimer’s inevitable worsening.

The new mantra: diversify.

With more money — the government had a record $2.4 billion to spend on Alzheimer’s research this year — the focus has shifted to exploring multiple novel ways of attacking a disease now considered too complex for a one-size-fits-all solution. On the list, researchers are targeting the brain’s specialized immune system, fighting inflammation, even asking if simmering infections play a role.

Some even are looking beyond drugs, testing if electrical zaps in the brain, along a corridor of neural connections, might activate it in ways that slow Alzheimer’s damage.

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Help Alzheimer’s research

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Recently, the Alzheimer’s Association’s created the TrialMatch program, through which 250 studies are recruiting participants. This is a way to learn about trials in your region, whether you may qualify, and how to participate.It has been referred to as a “dating service” – matching up people with clinical trials for which they are a good fit.

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Why do you get sleepy during the day?

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Extreme daytime sleepiness is often a top symptom of Alzheimer’s disease but what, exactly, causes it? New research finally brings us an answer. A new study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and other institutions, shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease experience major brain cell loss in regions of the brain tasked with keeping us awake.

medicalnewstoday.com

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Good early results on a Alzheimer’s vaccine

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Interim results of a clinical trial on an Alzheimer’s vaccine being tested on Down syndrome individuals are promising, say researchers at the Swiss clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company AC Immune. The company’s liposomal therapeutic anti-Abeta vaccine, dubbed ACI-24, is also being evaluated in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s patients in a Phase 2 study.

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