Tag Archives: Dementia

High Blood Pressure and Cognitive Decline

More confirmation that high blood pressure (hypertension) directly impacts brain health from this study in the British Medical Journal. The BMJ study followed over 5,000 older adults (average age of 75) for three years, measuring both blood pressure and cognitive health during medical visits performed four times a year. The researchers found a consistent pattern […]

Food Choices Matter for Your Brain Health

“There is no magic pill that fixes a bad diet.” This rather direct advice comes from the lead investigator of a study on the balance of food intake containing Omega 6 & Omega 3 fatty acids, recently published in the PLOS ONE online scientific journal. In general, Omega 3 sources like fish, beans, and green […]

Another Alzheimer’s Drug Candidate Bites the Dust

Add Baxter International’s Gammagard to the ash heap of failed Alzheimer’s drug candidates. Baxter announced today that Gammagard did not provide any cognitive or functional improvement in 390 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The patients who were enrolled in the Phase III trial received the drug through infusions over an 18 month period. […]

Early Detection Tests for Alzheimer’s Disease: Introduction

Rising Dementia Rates are a Global Health Trend A positive aspect of rising living standards in most of the world has been a significant improvement in worldwide average life expectancies, increasing from 52 years in 1960 to 69 years in 2009. Regional differences are even more striking — the average life expectancy for a person […]

Timing Does Matter – Alzheimer’s and Hormone Therapy

An interesting study published in the journal Neurology suggests that there might be an optimal time window for women to begin hormone therapy (HT) after menopause, at least for the purpose of lowering the chances of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. The study followed more than 1,700 women (all over age 65) for a decade, […]

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease 20 Years Before Symptoms Appear

A research team at Washington University School of Medicine just published the results of a study that looked at a number of cognitive changes and biomarkers that can be used to predict the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease long before symptoms appear – in some cases up to 20 years before symptom onset. The study, published […]

New Progress on a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

The PLoS ONE science journal published an interesting study performed by the Brain and Aging Research Program at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The study sampled apolipoprotein levels in blood samples from over 600 older adults participating in the ongoing Sydney Memory and Aging Study. Apolipoproteins are proteins that transport cholesterol […]

The Pros and Cons of Amyvid for Amyloid Beta Imaging

A topic that received a lot of attention at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine update on Alzheimer’s research was the use of Eli Lilly’s Amyvid for detection of amyloid beta deposits in the brain, one of the physical signatures of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Gil Rabinovici, MD, a physician and researcher at […]