Archive for the ‘Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI’ Category

Young Blood Elixir for an Aging Brain?

7th July 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

In a bit of weird science meets blood magic, a pair of recent research studies have highlighted the potential health benefits of infusing an aging brain and body with younger blood. A procedure called parabiosis was used in both studies, where the circulatory systems of two mice (one young and one old) are physically stitched […]

    Diabetes Can Shrink Your Brain

    29th May 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

    Having type 2 diabetes (mellitus) in midlife can cause brain atrophy, memory loss, and cognitive impairment as an older adult, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. Over 1,430 adults (average age 80) were recruited from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, a multi-year project designed to investigate risk factors for cognitive […]

      Your Brain Loves Coffee for Good Reasons

      20th April 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

      The warmth. The wonderful aroma of roasted coffee beans. A fresh cup prepared just the way you like it: a morning and daily ritual practiced by millions of coffee drinkers around the world. The obvious reason that people consume over 8 million metric tons of coffee beans each year is for the caffeine, which metabolises […]

        Protecting Memory Health Organically

        25th February 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

        Some interesting work being done by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with organic compounds that appear to provide some protection against memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Salk researchers applied flavonols, a type of chemical with strong anti-oxidant properties found in many fruits and vegetables, to a mouse model that mimics symptoms […]

          Can Infant Brain Scans Predict Future Alzheimer’s Risk?

          25th January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

          In a study destined to generate some controversy, researchers at Brown University and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have identified significant differences in the brain scans of babies (ages 2 months to 25 months), based on their APOE4 gene status, a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A total of 162 sleeping babies underwent MRI brain scans […]