What Is The Earliest Sign Of Alzheimer’s Disease? Decline In Glucose Levels Signals Onset Of Cognitive Degeneration; Alzheimer’s Prevention May Be Possible

October 8, 2017

 

By Dana Dovey, IBT

Although doctors have long noted the association between declining glucose levels in the brain and the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, for the first time ever, a study now published online in the journal Translational Psychiatry has proved that these declining energy levels are a direct trigger for the cognitive impairments traditionally associated with the disease. According to a recent statement on the study, this may explain why diabetes, a condition in which glucose cannot enter the cells, is a known risk factor for dementia. Read the rest of this entry »


Multiple Sclerosis: Why You Feel the Way You Do

October 4, 2017

 

Published by Everyday Health, Medical Adviser: Lauren Krupp, MD Written By: Alyssa Etier

MS can affect a number of functions, from movement to sensations to thought and speech. Which symptoms you experience — and whether they progress or go into remission — is unique to you. Understanding your MS requires a closer look at two important body systems:

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM

This is the body’s control system. Comprised of the brain and spinal cord, it sends and receives messages from the rest of the body through a network of neurons. Those neurons have a protective myelin sheath that helps with quick, efficient conductivity of signals.

IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system attacks foreign invaders to keep you healthy. But with MS, immune cells mistakenly invade the brain and spinal cord, damaging myelin and, to some degree, myelin-producing cells (oligodendrocytes) and the neuron itself. As the body tries to contain this damage from spreading, scar tissue — called a lesion, or plaque — forms.

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Breakthrough Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment for TBI Could Succeed Where the VA Has Failed

October 1, 2017

Clint Chamberlin is just one of the veterans who has seen incredible recovery because of the Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatment, which he sought due to the failure of the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide him serious treatment apart from a list of psychotropic drugs.

HBOT is an alternative treatment that actually helps to heal the brain, as opposed to medicine that just dampens symptoms.

HBOT works by pumping pure oxygen into a body chamber to increase tissue oxygen availability. For patients suffering from a TBI, the hypothesis is that some of the injured tissue is non-functioning, and pure oxygen helps to reactivate the tissue, which can mitigate the impact of a TBI.

Read more at Breakthrough Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment Could Succeed Where the VA Has Failed

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What happens to your brain when you stop exercising?

September 27, 2017

In past neurological studies, when sedentary people began an exercise program, they soon developed augmented blood flow to their brains, even when they were resting and not running or otherwise moving.

More recent work has shown that seniors benefit greatly from regular cardiovascular exercise. Increased structural volume in the hippocampus translates as an improvement in episodic memory performance.

What if you stopped exercising for ten months? Ten years? Researchers speculate that cognitive functioning, especially as it relates to an ability to form and retrieve memories, would be negatively affected.

Current government guidelines suggest either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic intensity or 75 minutes of high aerobic intensity every week. It is also suggested that these minutes are spread out through the week, daily exercise being optimal.

Exercise is particularly important for brain health because it appears to ramp up blood flow through the skull not only during the actual activity, but throughout the rest of the day. Read full article

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Mediterranean Eating Habits Prove Good for the Brain

September 24, 2017

As published by Scientific American, by Dina Fine Maron  

A Mediterranean-style diet may slow memory loss, even if adopted late in life.

A pilot study published in June in the Lancet found that making changes in diet and habits later in life can slow the course of cognitive decline. Scandinavian researchers divided a group of 1,260 people in Finland either to receive standard nutrition and diet advice or to follow a specified exercise plan and eat a modified Mediterranean diet—all while their blood pressure and other health indicators were monitored and, if necessary, treated.

Subjects in the experimental group ended up doing significantly better on standard tests of cognition. “We could really see that [the intervention] can protect against or at least delay cognitive impairments,” says lead study author Miia Kivipelto, director of research and education at the geriatric clinic at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Unexpectedly, she says, those changes were visible within just two years.

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Chocolate Linked to Decreased Risk of Irregular Heart Rhythm

September 20, 2017

As published by Scientific American,  Andrew M. Seaman

People who ate cocoa one to three times a month less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, study shows.

“As part of a healthy diet, moderate intake of chocolate is a healthy snack choice,” said lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

 

 

 

The study cannot say for certain that it was the chocolate that prevented atrial fibrillation, however.

Mostofsky and colleagues write in the journal Heart that eating cocoa and cocoa-containing foods may help heart health because they have a high volume of flavanols, which are compounds that are believed to have anti-inflammatory, blood vessel-relaxing and anti-oxidant properties.

Past studies have that found eating chocolate – especially dark chocolate, which has more flavanols – is tied to better measures of heart health and decreased risk for certain conditions like heart attacks and heart failure, they add.

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5 Tips to Cope with Chronic Pain

September 17, 2017

As published by Scientific American, Ellen Hendriksen, PhD

Tip #2: Be active.  You may think you should rest and protect the painful part of your body. You may be scared to move, for fear of more pain.

While rest is essential for acute pain, like a sprained ankle or a pulled muscle, rest reinforces chronic pain. As your muscles get weak and stiff from inactivity, the pain may actually intensify.

So do what activity you can—slowly ride a bike, walk, swim, do chair exercises. Find a gentle yoga class. Lift light weights. And don’t skip physical therapy.

An important trick is to break up exercise into shorter chunks—try for three 10-minute walks rather than one long walk. Also, try not to leave activity until late in the day—you’ll likely be too tired or simply unmotivated.

Being active has one last benefit: it makes you feel less like a prisoner of your pain. You can set goals, get outside, or team up with friends, all of which stave off depression and hopelessness in addition to reducing your pain.

Tip #4: Don’t push through it.  You may push through and accomplish everything on your to-do list, but the next morning you won’t be able to get out of bed.

Instead of strong-arming your pain, try a technique called pacing. The rule of pacing is to stop an activity before you’re in pain. Go by time, not task. Time how long you can comfortably do activities that are challenging for you, like typing, driving, or cleaning. Once you know your limits, aim to do those activities for less time than your limit, and then take a break before your pain flares.

 

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