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

This neuron-killing protein travels from the gut to the brain by hijacking a nerve

A recent study published in the journal Neuron found that alpha-synuclein (a-syn), a protein genetically linked to Parkinson’s disease, spreads from the gut to the brain through the vagus nerve. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore tested a previously proposed hypothesis suggesting that the gut-brain axis is involved in the progression of Parkinson’s — a neurodegenerative disorder that … Continue reading This neuron-killing protein travels from the gut to the brain by hijacking a nerve

Where does Parkinson’s begin? Study claims it starts in the gut

A study published in the journal Acta Neurologica found that the gut may be the starting point of Parkinson’s disease. According to researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark, disease-causing proteins called alpha-synuclein travel up to the brain from the gut. Eventually, they make their way to the heart, as well. The findings of the study represent a significant step toward detecting and managing … Continue reading Where does Parkinson’s begin? Study claims it starts in the gut

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

Major component of silymarin may help prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Silymarin is an herbal extract that’s popularly used as a health supplement. It is associated with liver benefits and is often taken by patients with hepatitis. Silymarin contains a mixture of various compounds, the most active of which is the flavonoid known as silibinin. In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers from different universities … Continue reading Major component of silymarin may help prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Fight Parkinson’s with these 6 alternative treatments

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects movements. Treatment for this condition focuses on managing its symptoms. Here are six alternative treatments that might help people with Parkinson’s disease. Acupuncture: A traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture enhances the appetite, promotes relaxation, boosts energy levels, promotes better sleep, and combats stress – all of which are beneficial to everyone, especially … Continue reading Fight Parkinson’s with these 6 alternative treatments

Periodic fasting rapidly stimulates a multitude of healing processes

When you think of starving, everything that comes to mind is likely negative – extreme hunger, weakness, and eventual death. However, periodic starvation is another story entirely as extensive research has shown that temporarily restricting your caloric intake can quickly stimulate several healing responses in the human body. National Institute on Aging Senior Scientist Dr. Mark … Continue reading Periodic fasting rapidly stimulates a multitude of healing processes

New treatment for Parkinson’s is nonsurgical AND reduces need for meds; focused ultrasound will treat symptoms noninvasively

The treatment of Parkinson’s disease can be highly problematic. More often than not, those who are suffering from Parkinson’s need to be subjected to surgical forms of treatment and take a number of different meds that can help keep things under control. But it looks like things might change soon if a newly-devised method that is both non-invasive … Continue reading New treatment for Parkinson’s is nonsurgical AND reduces need for meds; focused ultrasound will treat symptoms noninvasively