Home
Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info
Memory loss

Memory loss is not a normal part of aging

Monday, December 13, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: memory loss, aging, health news


Most Viewed Articles
https://www.naturalnews.com/030710_memory_loss_aging.html
Delicious
diaspora
Print
Email
Share

(NaturalNews) Memory loss is always a sign of disease or injury, and should never be attributed to the natural course of aging, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and published in the journal Neurology.

Researchers followed 350 catholic nuns, priests and brothers for 13 years, giving them memory tests every year and then examining their brains after death.

Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, cannot be conclusively diagnosed without dissecting the brain and examining it for tangles of a toxic protein known as tau. In addition to searching the participants' brains for tau, researchers also looked for Lewy bodies, an abnormal protein implicated in a form of dementia called Lewy body disease, and for evidence of prior strokes.

Neither tau, Lewy bodies or signs of stroke were found in the brains of participants who had died without experiencing memory loss.

"It appears these brain lesions have a much greater impact on memory function in old age than we previously thought," researcher Robert S. Wilson said. "Our results challenge the concept of normal memory aging and hint at the possibility that these lesions play a role in virtually all late-life memory loss."

Patients who had suffered from memory problems tended to develop them slowly, with a rapid worsening in the last five years of life. Because experts believe that dementia develops long before symptoms manifest, the researchers believe that these participants suffered from early-stage, undiagnosed dementia.

"What we're saying is the brain changes that are mainly responsible for Alzheimer's and other dementias also seem to be mainly responsible for very mild early changes in memory and thinking," Wilson said.

"We don't think that just because you are old, a problem in thinking and memory is normal and should be ignored. We think it's an actual sign of disease."

Sources for this story include: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-13... http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/2010....

Join the Health Ranger's FREE email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time. | Learn more...

comments powered by Disqus



Science.News
Science News & Studies
Medicine.News
Medicine News and Information
Food.News
Food News & Studies
Health.News
Health News & Studies
Herbs.News
Herbs News & Information
Pollution.News
Pollution News & Studies
Cancer.News
Cancer News & Studies
Climate.News
Climate News & Studies
Survival.News
Survival News & Information
Gear.News
Gear News & Information
Glitch.News
News covering technology, stocks, hackers, and more

Get alerted on heavy metals and pesticide test results for foods and supplements

Natural News is about to begin releasing lab test results for off-the-shelf food, supplement and pet food products, covering heavy metals, nutritive minerals, pesticides and herbicides. These details will be released exclusively to Natural News email newsletter subscribers (FREE) and will NOT be publicly posted on the website. To be alerted, join our free email newsletter now, and watch for lab test results in the weeks ahead.

Enter your email address below to subscribe to our email announcement list (but don't use gmail). Your privacy is protected and you can unsubscribe at any time. If you don't join our email list, you may never see our valuable content again via Facebook, Google or YouTube. CENSORSHIP has now reached EXTREME levels across the 'net. The truth is being suffocated. Subscribe now if you want to escape the delusional bubble of false reality being pushed by Google and Facebook.

Once you click subscribe, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free subscription.