Monday, December 16, 2019

Researchers Discover Link Between Oral Hygiene and Dementia Risk

Could there be a link between bleeding gums and Alzheimer's disease? A group of scientists from around the world believes there is evidence of such an association.Chronic gum disease, or gingivitis, manifests itself as bleeding gums. It is caused by a strain of bacteria known as porphyromonas gingivalis...

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Might be on the Horizon

Recently-published research indicates that a new DNA vaccine could lead to a 50 percent reduction in the number of Alzheimer's diagnoses made each year. It is the culmination of a ten-year-long study from the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. The study's...

Promising New Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease on the Horizon

In recent months, a line of research focusing on specific amino acid chains from a class known as amyloid beta (Aβ) has shown great potential in treating Alzheimer's Disease.  Aβ deposits are known to cause the buildup of plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, affecting neurons and preventing brain cells...

Can Exercise Improve Cognitive Function in Alzheimer’s Patients?

Over the past several years, there have been numerous studies on physical activity and how it affects patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  Last month, Harvard Medical School announced the results of a study finding that physical exercise helps to “clean up” inflamed areas of the brain that affect cognitive...

The Power of Music and Alzheimer’s Disease: Musical Memories Unaffected by Dementia

Some senses are more evocative than others. Scent is one of them. A whiff of a certain perfume, flower or even a favorite food cooking can transport us back in time almost instantly (this was actually the basis of the 1984 novel Jitterbug Perfume).Another is sound, particularly music. Almost...

Could a New Marijuana Derivative Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

Scientific research into the effects of marijuana on Alzheimer's disease has been going on for several years. One of the first studies was published in 2006. Scientists at the Scripps Institute discovered that THC had an inhibitory effect on the formation of beta-amyloid plaques, proteins that build up between...

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Victims: A “Brain Pacemaker”

A research team at Ohio State University's Wexler Medical Center reports promising results in a recent study on slowing the decline of cognitive skills associated with dementia. The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.Currently, there is no such device as a “brain pacemaker,”...

Study Links Canola Oil Consumption With Alzheimer’s

Canola, a vegetable oil that has long been touted as a healthier alternative for cooking and salad dressings, may not be as healthy as people think. A new study published in the current issue of Nature has found a link between consumption of canola oil and dementia.Canola is made...

Reversing Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Loss

Alzheimer's Disease, a form of age-related dementia, is a chronic degenerative disorder of the brain, primarily affecting people aged 65 and older. While it starts out with minor issues such as forgetting recent events, it eventually causes victims to experience language difficulties, moodiness, inability to find their way around...