In groundbreaking studies at the University of New Mexico, researchers have developed a vaccine that could prevent the formation of the tau tangles and potentially prevent the cognitive decline typically seen in Alzheimer’s patients.
As of now, a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease does not exist, but researchers at the University of New Mexico believe they have found a way to prevent it. “I really wanted to take this as a challenge to see if we could develop any sort of treatment,” says Kiran Bhaskar.
We now know early intervention could decrease the likelihood of more than one-third of dementia cases around the world. In fact, approximately 35% are attributed to nine modifiable risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes, hearing loss, smoking, depression, social interaction and lack of physical exercise. Therefore, monitoring which foods we eat, starting or continuing basic cardio and strength training programs, engaging the mind in the cognitive challenges and managing vascular risk factors all play demonstrable, critical roles in maintaining cognition before disease strikes.
In 2016, to the surprise of Alzheimer’s disease researchers across the world, a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that setting mice in front of a blinking light could clear out the characteristic protein plaques thought to be one of the roots of the disease. A recent follow up study found that sounds played at a particular frequency clearned plaques and improved cognition, as well.
Studies by National Journal of Physiology Pharmacy and Pharmacology and International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology have shown a positive association between virgin coconut oil consumption and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies have shown positive improvements in cognition, cognitive performance, orientation and semantic memory in individuals after intervention with virgin coconut oil.
“We have reason to believe that not only can it reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s, but possibly prevent the effects from occurring in the beginning,” Dr Hatchuel said. “It has the potential to change the lives of 50 million people across the world, which is absolutely ground breaking.”
Physical activity can prevent dementia in the elderly. But activities that stimulate the brain, such as reading, going to concerts or weeding the garden, also lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease regardless of how much physical activity the person does, a Swedish study says.
Fast clicking sounds can boost brainpower in mice with signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Like flickering lights, these external sounds spur a type of brain wave that seemed to sweep disease-related plaques from mice’s brains, researchers report in the March 14 Cell.
Check out the project in the link for today. The claim is a novel process to find a way to immunize against Alzheimer’s disease. Not sure how this low budget will win from all the billions already spent by the large pharmaceutical companies but see for yourself.
The way you sleep could be influencing your quality of rest, and choosing the right sleep position is crucial. You could get a better night’s sleep by regularly sleeping on your side – and it could even lower your chances of develop Alzheimer’s disease, it’s been claimed.
A new study says hearing may play a critical role in brain power. We often just think it’s frustrating when we can’t hear well or if you have a spouse or a loved one that you have to repeat things to a lot. But now, a new study in Alzheimer’s and Dementia shows hearing loss is linked to cognitive decline, especially if you don’t get something such as hearing aids to boost it.
In a small lab in Jackson Hole, Wyo., 65-year-old Paul Cox believes he’s closing in on a treatment that might prevent Alzheimer’s disease. And ALS. And a host of other neurodegenerative diseases, for that matter. Cox, we should point out, isn’t a neurologist. He isn’t a physician of any kind. He doesn’t work at a big drug company or an academic medical center or a government laboratory. His ideas come from so far outside the mainstream of neurological research that you might think he’s crazy or deluded or worse. But then, some very credible people think he might be on to something big—which might make the improbable, quixotic story you are about to read one of the most important as well.
Whether royal jelly has genuine health benefits for humans is a matter for more research, but in a study scientists have cracked one of the most enduring puzzles surrounding the milky gloop: the secret behind its queen-maker magic.
The discovery promises to have an impact far beyond the niche field of melittology. Armed with the findings, scientists are now exploring potential new treatments for wounds and disorders such as muscle wastage and neurodegenerative disease.
Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said a new experimental Alzheimer’s disease vaccine showed promising results during recent testing in mice and are hopeful the vaccine will make it to human trials.