Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

It’s no secret that air pollution can damage the lungs and the heart. But new research suggests that exposure to polluted air can trigger neurodegeneration as well. In a study published in the journal Environmental Research, an international team of researchers described how they found tiny air pollution particles lodged in the brain stems of young people. Alongside … Continue reading Brains of young people exposed to dirty air show signs consistent with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

A study published in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition found that a diet rich in vitamin C, anthocyanidin and flavonoid – nutrients plenty in strawberries – can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease among older people. The researchers from the Rush University Medical Center and Rush Insitute for Health Aging said that participants who ate strawberries more than once a week were 32 percent less likely to develop … Continue reading Consuming more strawberries may help lower Alzheimer’s risk among the elderly

Greater blood pressure control is key to preventing cognitive impairment and dementia, scientists find

For hypertensive adults, the need to maintain healthy blood pressure is a given. But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that beyond its usual benefits, having a systolic blood pressure (SBP) of less than 120 mmHg is associated with fewer negative outcomes in the brain. The report, funded by the National Institute of Health through … Continue reading Greater blood pressure control is key to preventing cognitive impairment and dementia, scientists find

If they can’t cure your depression, maybe they can make you forget you have it: Common anticholinergic drugs increase dementia risk by 50 percent

The use of anticholinergic medications is widespread, especially among older adults. These medications are often prescribed by physicians to treat a wide variety of health problems, including bladder disorders, gastrointestinal issues, seasonal allergies and even depression. However, recent studies have found a connection between the use of anticholinergic drugs and acute cognitive impairments. In particular, these medications have been … Continue reading If they can’t cure your depression, maybe they can make you forget you have it: Common anticholinergic drugs increase dementia risk by 50 percent

Making healthy lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of dementia

A healthy lifestyle can prevent the onset of dementia regardless of genetic risk factors. This is according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Researchers found that individuals aged 60 years and above who follow a healthy lifestyle have a lower risk of dementia than those who have an unhealthy lifestyle. Additionally, they … Continue reading Making healthy lifestyle choices can prevent the onset of dementia

Study: Pressure on blood vessels that decreases cerebral blood flow may be linked to Alzheimer’s

The brain works similar to a computer in that both can hold and process plenty of information. But the brain also shares a computer’s need for a reliable source of power to function properly. This power is provided in the form of glucose and oxygen found in the blood. However, some neurological diseases disrupt this … Continue reading Study: Pressure on blood vessels that decreases cerebral blood flow may be linked to Alzheimer’s

Understanding the medical differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are two terms that are often used to mean the same thing. Anyone who has done a bit of reading on Alzheimer’s disease finds a link between the neurodegenerative disease and the term “dementia.” While the distinction between the two can be quite confusing to some, the two words actually mean different … Continue reading Understanding the medical differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia

Brush your teeth every day to keep brain disease away: Study links gingivitis bacteria to increased risk of Alzheimer’s

Maintaining good oral health can help slow down the development of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. In a study published in Science Advances, researchers discovered that Porphyromonas gingivalis, a bacterium that causes chronic periodontitis (gum infection), colonizes the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. The toxic substances produced by P. gingivalis — called gingipains — correlate with the levels of tau and ubiquitin … Continue reading Brush your teeth every day to keep brain disease away: Study links gingivitis bacteria to increased risk of Alzheimer’s

Exercise found to reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s symptoms

Early-onset autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s, also known as dominantly inherited Alzheimer’s disease, is a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that causes memory loss and dementia in people typically in their 30s to 50s. In a recent study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia, a team of researchers found that physical exercise may delay cognitive decline and improve … Continue reading Exercise found to reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s symptoms

Daily green tea consumption found to slash dementia risk by up to 86%

Daily consumption of tea may help keep dementia at bay, new research says. Researcher at the National University of Singapore examined the tea intake of 957 adults older than 55 years old for more than 12 years. Study data show that regular tea consumption is associated with a 50 percent reduced risk of developing dementia. Data also reveals that people … Continue reading Daily green tea consumption found to slash dementia risk by up to 86%