Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

Mental Decline Slowed in Women Who Drank Coffee Or Tea

Mental Decline Slowed in Women Who Drank Coffee Or Tea

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(Best Syndication) Although coffee and tea can slow down the loss of brain cells in elderly women, caffeine has no effect on dementia researchers believe. All it takes is a few cups a day. The French study found that caffeine may preserve cognitive skills in older women.

The researchers evaluated 2,820 men and 4,197 women over the age of 65 who did not have dementia. They found that after 4 years, women with high rates of caffeine consumption showed fewer declines in “verbal retrieval”. They also showed slightly better memory than their non-caffeine drinking counterparts.

Alzheimer’s disease Symptoms of Depression and Agitation improved with Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

Alzheimer’s disease Symptoms of Depression and Agitation improved with Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

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[Best Syndication] Researchers from the Swedish medical university of Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University conducted a clinical study of the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements on Alzheimer’s patients. The study results suggest that omega-3 supplements have helped on some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s including depression and agitation.

Researchers studied 200 patients with mild Alzheimer’s for a one year period. They assigned half to take an omega-3 supplement and the other half to take a placebo.

While there was no measurable therapeutic benefit of the omega-3 group compared to the placebo group, they did notice that some patients that have a APOE?4 gene susceptibly did benefit. The carriers of this gene showed an improvement in agitation symptoms compared to the placebo group. Those that were not carriers of the APOE?4 gene showed improvement in depression when taking the omega-3 supplement.

Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease MRI 90 Percent Accurate For Mild Cognitive Disorders MCI – New Scan Advances AD Early Diagnosis

Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease MRI 90 Percent Accurate For Mild Cognitive Disorders MCI – New Scan Advances AD Early Diagnosis

Cristos Davatzikos

(Best Syndication) Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging have successfully detected mild cognitive disorders (MCI) using new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) techniques. This is significant because MCI disorders are often the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

“This is important because detecting this kind of brain abnormality in its early stages with these techniques could have pivotal importance for the early detection and management of AD,” said lead author of the study Cristos Davatzikos, MD, Chief of the Biomedical Image Analysis Section in Penn’s Department of Radiology.

Behavior Good Predictor Of Dementia With Lewy Bodies

Behavior Good Predictor Of Dementia With Lewy Bodies

James E. Galvin

(Best Syndication) Researchers in the US say that a simple personality test could help doctors detect dementia with Lewy bodies sooner. This form of dementia is often confused with Alzheimer’s disease because it shares characteristics with both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers evaluated 290 people. The participants were tested every year for an average of about five years. By the end of the study 128 of the participants had confirmed cases of dementia with Lewy bodies, 128 had Alzheimer’s and 34 had no form of dementia. The researchers followed the participants through death, before conducting autopsies.

They found that even before a diagnosis, people with dementia with Lewy bodies displayed passive personality changes, including diminished emotional response, a disinterest in hobbies, repetitive behaviors, and a growing apathy or lack of interest, as compared to those with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease - Lisinopril and Certain ACE Inhibitors Lower Risk – Not All ACE Drugs Reduce Dementia Some Increase Chances

Alzheimer’s Disease - Lisinopril and Certain ACE Inhibitors Lower Risk – Not All ACE Drugs Reduce Dementia Some Increase Chances

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(Best Syndication) Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine say that some ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme) inhibitors can slow the decline in memory and other cognitive functions. They say that these drugs reduce the inflammation that might contribute to Alzheimer's disease. But not all ACE Inhibitors act the same and some may increase that risk.

New Research on ACE Inhibitors and Dementia

This is an important finding because in the United States, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the 7th leading cause of death (2004), with 65,829 of deaths per year (and rising). Worldwide there is an estimated 24 million people with dementia, and by 2040, it is projected that this number will increase to 81 million.

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