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March 2, 2017

Can Grapes Help Protect Against Alzheimer’s Decline?

A pilot study at the University of California, Los Angeles looked at whether consuming grapes could help fight the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers, led by Dr. Daniel H. Silverman, worked with people with early memory decline.

February 16, 2017

Researchers Discover a Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Gut Bacteria

A team of researchers at Lund University in Sweden have found that some types of intestinal bacteria can speed up the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the study researchers, their findings give hope that new treatments can be found – and that they could pave the way to preventing the disease altogether.

February 9, 2017

Can “Lost” Memories From Alzheimer’s Be Rediscovered?

Last week, we wrote about a study out of MIT led by Li-Huei Tsai in which they found that putting mice with multiple signs of Alzheimer’s disease into a room with flashing LED lights reduced the percentage of beta amyloid plaques in the mice brains by 50%. This week, we’re following up to introduce you to a similar study, also out of MIT, that attempted to restore memories in mice with early Alzheimer’s using a form of light therapy called optogenetics.

February 2, 2017

Can LED Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s? MIT Researchers Make Big Breakthrough

Alzheimer’s disease is a complex disease with many moving parts. As of today, no one is exactly sure what causes it or what can be done to prevent it. There are theories, and some of those are based on findings of scientific research studies. Even with the brightest minds continually working on finding a successful treatment or cure, it seems a cure may not be found for a long time.

January 26, 2017

How Sports Head Injuries Can Lead to Neurodegenerative Diseases

Last week we talked about a study out of Boston University School of Medicine that showed mild head injuries, including concussions, may be associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease. This week, we’d like to write about a related topic – the risk of developing neurogenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), ALS, and other forms of dementia – in professional athletes, especially those who play football and hockey.

January 19, 2017

The Surprising Link Between Concussions and Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study performed by a team at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) showed that even mild head injuries, such as concussions, may be associated with developing Alzheimer’s disease.

January 9, 2017

Heart Attack Symptoms Differ for Men and Women

Most of us are familiar with the common signs and symptoms of heart attack that include chest pain and pain running down one arm. However, those are the most common signs of a heart attack for men. The signs and symptoms for women can be very different and dismissed as something other than a heart attack.

January 6, 2017

Caregivers Need Sleep Too: How Little Sleep Affects the Heart

It’s safe to say that once your children were grown you thought you would get a good night’s sleep. Then you became a caregiver for an aging loved one and the sleep deprivation became part of your life once again.

January 5, 2017

Could Statin Use Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease Risk?

A new article published December 12, 2016 in JAMA Neurology shows a possible link between high statin use and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The observational study, led by Julie M. Zssimopoulos, PhD, looked at whether the use of statins in Medicare patients reduced the risk of those patients developing Alzheimer’s disease.

December 8, 2016

Australian Researchers Make Hopeful Discovery That May Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment or Cure

Sometimes realizing you’re wrong leads to great insight. That’s what happened when a team of Australian researchers from the University of New South Wales and Neuroscience Research Australia identified a protein, kinase p38y, that diminishes as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

August 25, 2016

Psoriasis in Aging Adults

In recognition of August as Psoriasis Awareness Month worldwide, we are sharing information on the condition to promote awareness. Psoriasis is not contagious and can normally be found on the knees, elbows and scalp, but can appear anywhere on the body.

April 26, 2016

From the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™ Blog: The Link Between Heart and Brain Health

A recent study published by the Journal of the American Heart Association found that following guidelines for a heart-healthy lifestyle is correlated with less cognitive decline associated with aging.