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New risk factor for Alzheimer's disease revealed: Are you getting a good night's sleep?

3/25/2014 - Extensive research over the past twenty years has repeatedly shown that Alzheimer's dementia is largely the result of a variety of lifestyle factors that promote the development of amyloid plaques and tau proteins in the brain that usher the onset of this dreaded disease. A diet high in processed carbohydrate...

Optimal cholesterol ratios not only good for the heart, but also lower Alzheimer's disease risk

3/3/2014 - Volumes of current research now clearly demonstrate that Alzheimer's disease, though influenced to a small degree by genetic predisposition, is largely caused by a confluence of lifestyle indiscretions over the course of one's early and mid-life years. Prior studies have shown that a diet consisting...

Exposure to DDT linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease in elderly adults

2/3/2014 - Even after being banned more than 40 years ago, the pesticide DDT continues to affect the lives of people today, beckoning infertility and other deeply concerning health conditions. Researchers are now finding out how the pesticide affects the nervous system. In 1972, when the US banned DDT from commercial...

Little-known form of vitamin D holds key to Alzheimer's disease prevention

10/24/2013 - A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is a significant fear for the vast majority of adults over the age of 50, as this memory-robbing illness continues to strike aging Americans at an ever increasing rate. The cost to care for Alzheimer's patients could eventually topple our failing medical insurance...

Bioactive compounds found in green tea and red wine halt Alzheimer's disease progression

8/21/2013 - Alzheimer's disease is characterized by an unnatural accumulation of amyloid plaque aggregates around nerve synapses that block the transmission of electrical and chemical transmitters that allow the brain to retain a high level of cognitive function and to store and retain memories. Millions of middle...

Moderate and regular physical activity shown better than any drug to lower Alzheimer's disease risk

8/13/2013 - Alzheimer's disease recently escalated to become the sixth leading cause of death in the US, as five million people presently live with the disease, causing an estimated 210 billion dollars in health care costs each year. Amazingly, one in three people will die with some form of Alzheimer's disease...

Higher vitamin D intake linked with cognitive performance and Alzheimer's disease risk in women

12/5/2012 - Higher blood saturation levels of vitamin D have been conclusively shown to lower the risk for a myriad of chronic illnesses including heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. More recent scientific studies are beginning to draw a solid connection between intake of the sunshine vitamin and how well...

Obesity accelerates cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease progression

9/3/2012 - As obesity rates continue to soar among all age groups in the U.S. and most other countries, the incidence of chronic diseases spawned by excess abdominal fat follows on a parallel course. Medical scientists have repeatedly confirmed that risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and dementia...

Chronic stress increases protein brain tangles and Alzheimer's disease risk

4/20/2012 - Alzheimer's disease is characterized by an initial loss of short term memory and the ability to form rational and permanent thoughts. Protein tangles known as tau aggregates strangle neural synapses, blocking the vital flow of neurotransmitter and electrical signals necessary to form memories and personality....

Diet and specific nutrients prevent brain shrinkage and lower Alzheimer's disease risk

1/20/2012 - Researchers reporting in the prestigious journal, Neurology have found that proper diet and specific nutrients can lower the risk of brain shrinkage by nearly forty percent. Other lifestyle factors including degree of education and elevated blood pressure combined with a healthy diet can slash brain...

Melatonin may prevent Alzheimer's disease - sleep your way to brain health

1/16/2012 2:09:45 PM - Ongoing research is being performed to investigate the cause of Alzheimer's disease. A form of dementia, Alzheimer's robs its victims slowly of their cognitive powers, intelligence, memories and eventually, their lives. Scientists don't know for sure how Alzheimer's develops; however, emerging evidence...

Low body weight in later life associated with increased Alzheimer's disease risk

12/9/2011 - Many lifestyle factors are associated with the development of the memory-robbing form of dementia known as Alzheimer's disease. Smoking, diet, lack of exercise and poor B-vitamin status all contribute to the sixth most prevalent cause of death each year in the US. Past studies have shown that excess...

Direct link discovered between eating fish and preventing Alzheimer's disease

11/30/2011 - According to the National Institute on Aging, as many as 5.1 million Americans may already have the progressive brain disease known as Alzheimer's, and those numbers are expected to increase as the population ages. What's more, countless people also suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Although...

Vitamin D discoveries keep growing -- lack of vitamin D linked to muscle injuries and Alzheimer's disease

7/19/2011 - Over the past few years, researchers have come up with a mountain of evidence that vitamin D is extremely important to maintaining health and preventing and even treating a host of health problems. For example, studies have shown that too little vitamin D may trigger breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis...

Protect yourself from Alzheimer's disease with cinnamon

9/24/2010 - Degenerative mental diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia continue to ravish the lives of millions around the world. And to make matters worse, the financial burden of caring for dementia patients now tops one percent of the entire world's gross domestic product (GDP). But there are ways to help prevent...

Caffeine May Prevent and Help Reverse Alzheimer's Disease

8/2/2009 - There is probably no more dreaded and feared disease than memory-destroying and life-robbing Alzheimer's. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), as many as 2.4 to 4.5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and, as Baby Boomers age, those numbers are expected...

Vitamin D, Green Tea and Cocoa Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

8/2/2009 - A nutrient found in grapes, green tea and cocoa could have a significant impact on the brain cell damage that leads to Alzheimer's disease, according to the results of a new study carried out by scientists at Kings College, London (UK). A research team headed by Dr Robert Williams, a lead scientist...

Tips to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease Revealed in Three Recent Studies

2/16/2009 - Alzheimer's disease is a much feared condition, especially in view of the soaring numbers worldwide. What can we do to prevent the contraction of this debilitating ailment? Of course, an overall health-promoting lifestyle and dietary protocol would go a long way. How about simple steps to incorporate...

Fruit Rich in Polyphenols Protects Against Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Decline

1/16/2009 - Fruits rich in polyphenols may help protect against the oxidative stress that has been linked to cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from three Korean universities and published in the Journal of Food Science. "Our study demonstrated that antioxidants...

Despite the Hype, Statin Drugs Found Medically Useless in Preventing Alzheimer's

9/8/2008 - Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not provide any protection against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and published in Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "This study adds to the growing...

Juices May Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

5/15/2008 - In a large epidemiological study, researchers found that people who drank three or more servings of fruit and vegetable juices per week had a 76 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than those who drank juice less than once per week. The study by Qi Dai, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor...

Chemical Found In Curry May Help Immune System Clear Amyloid Plaques Found In Alzheimer's Disease (press release)

11/22/2006 - Published in the Oct. 9 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the early laboratory findings may lead to a new approach in treating Alzheimer's disease by enhancing the natural function of the immune system using curcumin, known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Using...

Juices may reduce Alzheimer's disease risk (press release)

10/19/2006 - In a large epidemiological study, researchers found that people who drank three or more servings of fruit and vegetable juices per week had a 76 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than those who drank juice less than once per week. The study by Qi Dai, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor...

Stress significantly hastens progression of Alzheimer's disease (press release)

10/18/2006 - Stress hormones appear to rapidly exacerbate the formation of brain lesions that are the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers at UC Irvine. The findings suggest that managing stress and reducing certain medications prescribed for the elderly could slow down the progression of this...

Pomegranate juice shown to halt Alzheimer's disease progression

10/4/2006 - A new animal study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease has found that dietary intake of antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may reduce the buildup of harmful proteins associated with Alzheimer's disease by half. Researchers from Loma Linda University in California believe that Alzheimer's...

Essential fatty acid phosphatidylserine (PS) is powerful prevention for memory loss, Alzheimer's and dementia

1/9/2006 - The link between old age and forgetfulness is cliché enough to be the subject of greeting cards, sitcoms and jokes. We take it for granted so often that very few of us take the time to question why it happens. However, experts may have found the answer in an essential fatty acid called phosphatidylserine....

How Acetyl-L-Carnitine prevents Alzheimer's disease and dementia while boosting brain function

12/7/2005 - Acetyl-L-carnitine may offer unprecedented hope for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease or the aftereffects of a stroke. The human brain is uniquely powerful and complex, but it is sometimes difficult for it to fully recover from damage. People who have been affected by stroke, traumatic brain...

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