Topic: dementia

Psoriasis Drug Fights Alzheimer’s By Treating It Like An Auto-Immune Disease

Psoriasis Drug Fights Alzheimer's By Treating It Like An Auto-Immune Disease

One of the primary culprits in the neurobiological development of Alzheimer’s disease is a protein called amyloid beta, which can build up and form plaques in the brain.  Now European scientists are reporting that a common psoriasis drug could stop these plaques from forming by targeting a natural inflammatory response in our brains — lending credence to the idea of Alzheimer’s as an auto-immune disease. More »

Alzheimer’s Is The New Cancer (Which Could Be Both Good, Bad For Generations X & Y)

Alzheimer's Is The New Cancer (Which Could Be Both Good, Bad For Generations X & Y)

November is national Alzheimer’s disease awareness month, and there’s good reason for members of Gen X and Gen Y to pay attention. Though not marked by nearly as many ribbons or races, Alzheimer’s is looking a lot like it could be the next cancer where public health is concerned. Like cancer, Alzheimer’s was once very stigmatized but is now being addressed more openly. Like cancer, it can cause the body to turn on itself. Like cancer, it’s deadly – currently the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. And, like with cancer, it’s looking as if prevention is a much better bet than an Alzheimer’s cure. More »

Chill Out: Clint Eastwood Doesn’t Have Dementia Just Because He Talked To An Empty Chair

Chill Out: Clint Eastwood Doesn't Have Dementia Just Because He Talked To An Empty Chair

No matter how you feel about Mitt Romney and his speech last night at the Republican National Convention, you have to admit that it was Clint Eastwood who really stole the show and created what’s bound to be the most memorable scene of the entire week when he emphatically addressed an empty chair–and left some speculating that our beloved Dirty Harry has dementia. More »

NFL Faces ‘Mega-Lawsuit’ For Hiding Brain Injury Risks; Failing To Protect Players

NFL Faces 'Mega-Lawsuit' For Hiding Brain Injury Risks; Failing To Protect Players

The NFL has been hit with several lawsuits in recent years by former football players accusing the League of hiding the long-term brain injury risks, including dementia and chronic depression. But yesterday, lawyers for more than 2,300 retired players in 86 suits joined forces to file a single “master complaint” against the League, holding them accountable not only for players who’ve suffered dementia, Alzheimer’s, and depression linked to concussions sustained while playing, but for potential problems in players who are currently healthy. If players are right about their choice to ignore research and risk factors, the NFL could have some serious paying up to do; and should be making changes even before they’re out of court. More »

Hope For Alzheimer’s: Early Diagnosis Helped Mimi Steffens Combat The Disease

Hope For Alzheimer's: Early Diagnosis Helped Mimi Steffens Combat The Disease

Mimi Steffens was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about six years years ago. Since then, the 83-year-old retired math teacher has published a book on county school houses in Pennsylvania, started a support group for other early-stage Alzheimer’s patients, and shown improvements on certain tests that measure cognitive ability. As a volunteer and voice for the Alzheimer’s Association, she presents a surprisingly hopeful picture of what the future of living with early-stage Alzheimer’s could look like. More »

More Evidence Omega-3s Can Keep You From Going Senile

More Evidence Omega-3s Can Keep You From Going Senile

A new study from Columbia University Medical Center certainly isn’t the first to link omega-3 fatty acids with brain health, but it is the first human study to link them with lower blood levels of beta amyloid, the protein used to mark Alzheimer’s risk. The more omega-3s someone consumed, the lower their blood level of beta amyloid, the researchers found. That means a diet high in omega-3s could help stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. More »