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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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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About hope

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Is it good to get our hopes up with every bit of good news, or is the disappointment when it turns out not to be the magic bullet too much?

A promising new drug called BAN2401 generated a lot of excitement after a clinical trial found it slowed the progression of Alzheimer’s by 30%, but recent revelations have left investors and doctors with more questions than answers, reports Bloomberg.

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Success with fruit flies!

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Researchers have reversed symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in fruit flies by adjusting the production of certain enzymes. The finding may open doors to exploring epigenetics as a potential avenue for Alzheimer’s disease treatments

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Funding Alzheimer’s with some spare change

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“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?”

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Please volunteer for Alzheimer’s research

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A momentous scientific study focused on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, and tracking it over time, seeks healthy volunteers without memory problems, as well as people who have mild memory problems and those who have been diagnosed with mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Potential study volunteers can learn more by visiting www.ADNI3.org or by calling 1-888-2-ADNI-95 (1-888-223-6495).

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Major fix for Alzheimer’s found

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Scientists have recently made a major discovery that could lead to a breakthrough in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study published in Nature Medicine reports that researchers were able to identify the primary genetic risk factor the development of the disease, and they even figured out a potential way to neutralize the risk factor.

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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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Music therapy for Alzheimer’s

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Three health occupation students at Whittier Tech are using music therapy as a way to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease communicate with family and friends.

After watching “Alive Inside” — a film that follows Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he works to combat memory loss in patients through the use of music — juniors Allasandra Thompson, of Haverhill, Larissa Havey, of Amesbury and Emily Shal, of Amesbury, wanted to replicate the process.

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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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Keep this in mind, when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient

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You may not be a professional caregiver but as family of the Alzheimer’s patient you will be confronted with caring for them and interacting with them before you know it. The article in the link for today gives some important basic principles and reminders to help you through the first period.

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