Alzheimer’s Disease Dysfunction -The brain:body nexus -Part 2

In part 1 of this article, I discussed the concept of parabiosis, in which two animals are surgically attached so they share the same blood supply to determine if the physiology in one animal affects the other. Researchers used this technique to show that when normal mice were attached to mice with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), […] Read More

Alzheimer’s Disease Dysfunction -The brain:body nexus -Part 1

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the leading cause of dementia, is a disease of the brain – or is it? A study by University of British Columbia and Chinese scientists published in Molecular Psychiatry* in 2017, suggests future drug therapies may be able to reverse or delay AD without acting directly on the brain, which is a […] Read More

Grounding for Reducing Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, which is the long-term activation of the immune system, is thought be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and may even accelerate disease progression. A simple and attractive non-drug approach to reducing inflammation, known as “Grounding,” is gaining interest among researchers and the public. “Grounding” or “Earthing” refers to the direct contact […] Read More

Is Alzheimer’s an Infectious Disease? Part 2

For people who have mutations in some candidate genes, an infectious attack can overwhelm the brain by overproducing beta amyloid. There is so much amyloid that it clumps on its own, without the presence of microbes. This overabundance of amyloid can disrupt normal cell-cell communication. Will everyone who has had a brain infection develop Alzheimer’s? […] Read More

Is Alzheimer’s an Infectious Disease? Part 1

The remote idea that microbes trigger Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is now gaining traction among the scientific community and could explain the origins of amyloid-b-plaque, that infest the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. AD researchers now believe that infections, including ones that are too mild to elicit any symptoms, trigger a fierce body/brain reaction that leaves […] Read More

Analysis of the MIND diet for Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer’s disease in Older Adults

Using diet as a treatment for conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes has been widely accepted for many years. For cardiovascular disease specifically, the use of the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet (DASH) has been popular. Another diet that has gained publicity for its potential health effects is the Mediterranean Diet, which focuses heavily […] Read More

Relationship Between B-Vitamin Levels and Intake and the Development of Dementia

By 2050, it is predicted that there will be over 115 million people world-wide living with dementia1.  The total estimated cost of dementia worldwide is US$604 billion.1 The related social, economic, and health care challenges will continue to increase as the world population ages and more individuals develop dementia. The debilitative effects of dementia include […] Read More

Use of Melatonin for Cognitive Function and Sleep in Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

The process of Alzheimer’s development and progression is often accompanied by neurobehavioral changes including disrupted sleep, especially night time awakenings.1 Importantly, sleep plays a significant role in learning and memory. Specifically, memory consolidation occurs during sleep via the strengthening of the neural connections that form memories.2 Hence, the combination of Alzheimer’s disease resulting in disrupted […] Read More

Is Your Environment Increasing Your Risk for Dementia? A Systematic Review

As the incidence rates of dementia climb across the globe, the need to identify modifiable risk factors, preventive measures, and early treatments has become a public health priority. While some modifiable risk factors have been identified, there is still a considerable amount of unexplained risk. There is some evidence that environmental factors may account for […] Read More

Is Drinking Green Tea Associated with a Reduced Risk of Cognitive Decline?

Populations in different parts of the world have different beverage preferences, with Asian countries preferring green tea and Western countries preferring black tea and coffee. Polyphenols are plant based chemicals that may have health benefits for people, and black tea, green tea, and coffee each contain polyphenols. The researchers of this study wanted to evaluate […] Read More