Category Archives: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Solving Complex Problems with Avocados

Monounsaturated Fatty Acids – a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados – support the brain’s attention networks, and also help cognitive health through improved insulin sensitivity. Your ability to focus on, and solve problems can be influenced by diet choices, according to a study out of University of Illinois. The study… Read More »

A Fresh Look at Solving Brain Diseases: Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Failed strategies for treating Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are prompting a broad rethink on how to tackle the growing prevalence of these costly brain health problems. At the BIO International meeting in San Diego last month there were parallel conversations on these two major brain health challenges – with speakers from the… Read More »

Diet Soda, Your Health, and Your Brain

Diet soda drinkers take note: people who drink one or more diet sodas every day are at greater risk of stroke and dementia. More specifically, habitual diet soda drinkers have almost three times the risk of stroke or dementia compared to their diet soda-abstinent peers, according to a research study published in Stroke. Researchers relied… Read More »

What 23andMe’s Genetic Test Won’t Tell You About Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

In April 2017, 23andMe received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell a genetic health risk test directly to consumers. The resulting DNA test report contains interesting information on “wellness” traits, such as how quickly one will metabolize caffeine, predispositions to alcohol flush reaction, sleep movement, lactose intolerance, and more. The… Read More »

Sleep Apnea and Memory Loss

  Sleep is a vital biological function for humans – we spend about 30% of our lives sleeping. Good sleep is important for memory consolidation (processing newly learned information). It’s also important for clearing out metabolic debris from the brain each day — including amyloid beta protein, one of the markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep… Read More »

Bilingual Brains Provide More Protection Against Alzheimer’s & Dementia

  If you speak two languages, you’ve given your brain a big boost against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The PNAS study recruited 85 people from Northern Italy who had all been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. Forty people in the study spoke… Read More »