Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

Alzheimer’s disease might be delayed by drinking Caffeinated Coffee

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(Best Syndication News) - In a recent study, elderly adults who had higher blood caffeine levels avoided progressing into Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers said that most of the people drank coffee as their primary source of caffeine intake. The study was published in the June 5 online version of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

In the study that came from researchers at the University of South Florida, 124 residents of Tampa or Miami between 65 and 88 were studied for their memory function and caffeine intake. All the participants had mild cognitive impairment (MCI) at the beginning of the study because the researchers wanted to see if their mental condition would worsen or be protected from caffeine intake. The researchers point out that around 15 percent of people with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease every year.

Use it or lose it when it comes to Brain Function in Old Age

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that elderly people fared better with their cognitive performance when they were engaged socially, mentally, and physically. In a study that appeared in the April 27, 2012 issue of the Cell Press journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers discussed the importance of staying engaged to preserve brain function when we age.

Lars Nyberg of Umeå University in Sweden explained, “Although some memory functions do tend to decline as we get older, several elderly show well preserved functioning and this is related to a well-preserved, youth-like brain.”

Better Brain Function in Elderly who ate Blueberries and Strawberries

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found elderly women who ate more blueberries and strawberries slowed their cognitive decline by up to 2.5 years. The study was published in the April 25, 2012 issue of Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society.

The berries contain an antioxidant called flavonoids, which also offer anti-inflammatory properties. Previous smaller studies found eating foods high in flavonoids, particularly anthocyanidins, improved in cognitive function.

Alzheimer’s disease risk reduced with Regular Physical Activity

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(Best Syndication News) - Staying physically active on a daily basis may reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease for a person at any age. The benefit was seen even with people over the age of 80 in a study conducted by researchers from Rush University Medical Center. The study was published in the online issue of Neurology and the April 18 edition of the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The physical activity does not need to be a just a big workout, things such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are also beneficial. The study tracked the activity of 716 older people with an average age of 82 that did not have dementia. The researchers used an actigraph device to monitor their activity on their non-dominant wrist for a 10-day period.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

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