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Are These Pricey New Alzheimer's Drugs Worth It?

Are These Pricey New Alzheimer`s Drugs Worth It?MONDAY, July 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Breakthrough new drugs that clear amyloid beta plaques from the brain are shaking up the field of Alzheimer’s disease research.The fact that patients’ mental deterioration slows when they’re on anti-amyloid drugs is solid proof that abnormal amyloid proteins are one of the culprits behind Alzheimer’s, essentially ending decades of debate over the so-called “amyloid hypothesis.”“We are confirming that amyloid truly is a component of the disease process, and when you address it, you see meaningful clinical benefit in individuals that sustained for some of these studies,” said Rebecca Edelmayer, senior director of scientific engagement for the Alzheimer’s Association.But Alzheimer’s experts warn that patients and their families...

Olive Oil a Powerful Prescription Against Dementia

24 July 2023
Olive Oil a Powerful Prescription Against DementiaMONDAY, July 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- People looking to stay mentally sharp as they age might want to swap out margarine for olive oil, a preliminary study suggests.The study, of more than 90,000 U.S. health professionals, found that olive oil lovers were less likely to die of dementia over the next three decades.Compared with their counterparts who rarely used olive oil, those who consumed more than a half-tablespoon a day were 28% less likely to die of dementia.Based on the researchers' estimates, a small diet change could make a significant difference: Trading in one daily teaspoon of margarine for the same amount of olive oil might trim the risk of death from dementia by up to 14%.The findings were being presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society for...

Scientists Spot 32 Proteins That Hint at Alzheimer's Risk

20 July 2023
Scientists Spot 32 Proteins That Hint at Alzheimer`s RiskTHURSDAY, July 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It’s difficult to fully predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease in advance. Now, a new study suggests that certain markers in the blood may occur 10 to 20 years before the start of symptoms and could help doctors determine who is at high risk for dementia.For the study, researchers analyzed 4,800-plus proteins in the blood of more than 10,000 middle-aged people (aged 45-65) over 25 years. They identified 32 proteins linked to the risk for dementia later in life.“The biological changes occur outside the brain as early as middle adulthood in individuals at risk who develop dementia decades later,” said study author Keenan Walker. He is an investigator in the Multimodal Imaging of Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND) Unit at the U.S....

Dancing With Parkinson's: New Program Helps Patients...

20 July 2023
Dancing With Parkinson`s: New Program Helps Patients Control MovementsTHURSDAY, July 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Every week, a group of dancers meets in Chicago. Together, they follow a series of movements under the guidance of an instructor.They flex, and reach, and point as Carly Liegel, community engagement program coordinator for the Joffrey Ballet, leads them through a series of movements with their arms and then their legs.But these aren’t professionals, and they aren’t your average dancers. Each one has Parkinson’s disease, a progressive brain disorder with no known cure that can cause uncontrollable movements and balance issues.In conjunction with Northwestern Medicine, the Joffrey Ballet started offering "Dancing with Parkinson’s" this summer, exploring ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance, as well as a little improvisation, to tunes...

Exercise and Cognitive Training Slow Thinking Declines. Vitamin D? Not So Much

20 July 2023
Exercise and Cognitive Training Slow Thinking Declines. Vitamin D? Not So MuchTHURSDAY, July 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- As older people start to lose some of their mental abilities, regular exercise might slow the progression to dementia, a new study indicates.With five months of physical activity, the mental ability of seniors with so-called mild cognitive impairment improved significantly, researchers in Canada report.They also found that computerized training to improve memory added to the benefits of exercise. But taking vitamin D supplements had no effect on tests of thinking and memory. "There is no cure for dementia, but lifestyle choices can help prevent it and partly counteract the impact of age and chronic diseases on brain health," said study co-author Louis Bherer. He's a neuropsychologist and senior scientist and director of EPIC Center at the...

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