Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

High Levels of Leptin may help ward off Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

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[Best Syndication News] Leptin is a protein that is related to controlling appetite and weight however it is also serves the brain as well. Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) published a study that appears in the December 16th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which saw people had a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease and dementia with higher levels of Leptin.

The researchers suggest that leptin has a positive effect on how the brain develops and functions. They believe that leptin interacts with how the hippocampus works and could be related to improved memory function by increasing the apolipoprotein E-dependent B amyloid uptake into the cell and reduce brain extracellular concentrations of B-amyloid. By reducing the amount of B-amyloid it could reduce the development of Alzheimer's disease which is a major part that contributes to the condition.

Music and Art Therapy as an Effective Treatment for People With Dementia

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Dementia is a word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. People who dementia have significantly impaired intellectual functioning that interferes with normal activities and relationships. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia, memory loss by itself does not mean that a person has dementia.

Research is pursuing a variety of promising findings for the treatment of dementia. Pharmacological interventions are available but have limited ability to treat many of the syndrome’s features. Little research has been directed towards non-pharmacological treatments. In this review the evidence for music and art therapy as a treatment is examined.

The Best Way to Keep Your Memory in Shape

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Memory is an integral part of life. Recalling the detail of particular event and bring them to the current awareness clear and sharp. There are many people who feel that they easily forget thins or lack enough concentration to remember things, such as what's the date today? most people look at their newspaper or watch.

To improve ability memory requires slightly more effort. Memory, like other powers, must be cultivated and practiced. There are simple ways, which you can follow to keep your memory in shape:

1. Healthy Food

- eating foods rich in essential fatty acids can improve brain function considerably, including memory and concentration. Foods such as such as salmon, herring, tuna, halibut, and mackerel; walnuts and walnut oil; flaxseed and flaxseed oil are all rich in various fatty acids.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Risk Increased Significantly with Mildly Elevated Cholesterol

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Risk Increased Significantly with Mildly Elevated Cholesterol

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(Best Syndication News) Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research and the University of Kuopio in Finland found that people with elevated cholesterol are at a higher risk for dementia. Even a small elevation in midlife can “significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease”. Elevated levels also raised the risk of vascular dementia.

This is the first study to look at the relationship between borderline high cholesterol and vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s. This usually occurs in late-life and is caused by conditions affecting the blood supply to the brain. It is important to detect the disease early because it is at least partially preventable.

Some ACE Inhibitors Slow Dementia Decline While Others Speed It Along – Blood Brain Barrier Drugs For Treating Alzheimer’s Disea

Some ACE Inhibitors Slow Dementia Decline While Others Speed It Along – Blood Brain Barrier Drugs For Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Kaycee Sink, M.D.

(Best Syndication News) The typical first line treatment for hypertension, ACE Inhibitors, may also help prevent dementia. This new research buttresses a study published in 2007 by the same group at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kaycee Sink, M.D. M.A.S. and her colleagues found that those ACE inhibitors that pass through the blood/brain barrier are the ones that reduce the risk of dementia. The other ACE inhibitors and hypertension drugs had no beneficial affect. The researchers believe there is a relationship between hypertension (high blood pressure) and dementia.

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