No drugs but instead…..

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The current Alzheimer’s clinical research impasse has encouraged more doctors to pursue non-pharmacological alternatives. For most individuals — beyond the up-to-5-percent who are genetically predisposed to early onset Alzheimer’s — focusing on lifestyle factors as the key to brain fitness and cognitive function, they say, is wiser than waiting for a breakthrough delivered in a pill.

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Alzheimer’s researchers win brain prize

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Four dementia scientists have shared this year’s 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michael Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, unpicked key protein changes that lead to this most common type of dementia.

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Alzheimer’s predictions

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Heart disease deaths have actually decreased 14 percent since 2000, while Alzheimer’s deaths have increased 89 percent. Of the diseases listed in the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only one that can’t be prevented, slowed or cured.

But on the positive side, there is a bloodtest in preparation that will warn you  about 20 ahead of any symptoms.

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Disco against Alzheimer’s

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In March 2015, Li-Huei Tsai set up a tiny disco for some of the mice in her laboratory. For an hour each day, she placed them in a box lit only by a flickering strobe. The mice — which had been engineered to produce plaques of the peptide amyloid-β in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease — crawled about curiously. When Tsai later dissected them, those that had been to the mini dance parties had significantly lower levels of plaque than mice that had spent the same time in the dark1.

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Fish oil reviewed

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A new study about the impact of Fish Oil on Alzheimer’s is underway.

Researchers are concentrating on how the fish oil helps with brain blood flow and how it affects key proteins related to the development of Alzheimer’s, particularly amyloids.

“We’re focusing on a fish oil that we know helps improve blood flow and helps reduce cholesterol levels, to see if that helps beneficially change some of these markers,” s

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Is the end of Alzheimer’s near?

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More research will need to get done but for now, at least the mice have found a cure for Alzheimer’s. It involves removing one enzyme in the brain. This cleared out all the amyloid plaques which is often seen as the main cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Some other studies though, suggest that working on the amyloid plaques is the wrong target and they may not be the eventual cause for Alzheimer’s.

In any case, even if this new development would be transferable to humans, it will take another five to seven years before we could see it in doctor’s hands for treatments.

It is a long road, we continue to monitor its progress.

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Now they will help you with your lifestyle

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The Institute for Systems Biology is taking a swing at one of the most widespread and puzzling diseases in the United States: Alzheimer’s.

ISB along with Seattle startup Arivale, both founded by genomics pioneer Lee Hood, want to see if lifestyle coaching combined with biometric data can prevent the advancement of Alzheimer’s, or even reverse early symptoms of the disease.

The organizations are teaming up with Providence St. Joseph Health, the Pickup Family Neuroscience Institute and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian to conduct a 200-person, two-year clinical trial to test the approach. The trial is called Coaching for Cognition in Alzheimer’s (COCOA).

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The benefits of exercise

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Geriatrics experts have suggested that exercising can improve brain health in . The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommendations for how much older  should . They suggest that older adults perform 150 minutes a week of  (such as brisk walking), 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic training, or a combination of the two types. The WHO also recommends older adults perform muscle-strengthening exercises on at least two or more days a week.

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Simple blood test will show Alzheimer’s

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Researchers in Japan and Australia say they have made important progress in developing a blood test that could in future help doctors detect who might go on to get Alzheimer’s disease.

In a study published in the journal Nature, the scientists said the test, which can detect a toxic protein known as amyloid beta, linked to Alzheimer’s, was more than 90 per cent accurate in research involving around 370 people.

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There is still a lot to be done to bring awareness and understanding of Alzheimer’s

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The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia wants to help put an end to the stigma of dementia.

According to the society, a recently released online survey of 1,500 Canadians between 18 and 65 years found that 46 per cent of respondents would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia, while 61 per cent of those surveyed said they would face some kind of discrimination. The survey also found that one in four Canadians believe their family and friends would avoid them if they were diagnosed with dementia and only five per cent of Canadians would learn more about dementia if a family member, friend or co-worker was diagnosed.

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Watch out with salt!!

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Eating too much salt could increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

While the US Department of Agriculture recommends we consume about three-quarters of a teaspoon of salt each day, – equivalent to about eight individual-sized bags of chips – most Americans eat nearly 50 percent more than that on a daily basis.

Experiments on mice and human cells suggest that salty foods trigger an inflammatory immune response that deprives the brain of oxygen and harms neurons, triggering behavioral and mental problems.

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Brain muddled after surgery? Now we know why.

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It has been known that people can be disoriented after general anesthesia but now a study found that propofol (a very common drug to use) also disrupts presynaptic mechanisms, probably affecting communication between neurons across the entire brain in a systematic way that differs from just being asleep. In this way it is very different than a sleeping pill

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