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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.

Anxiety and Depression associated with Arthritis

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(Best Syndication News) - One-third of US adults with arthritis who are over the age of 45 also suffer from anxiety or depression. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their results on anxiety and depression with arthritis patients in today’s issue of Arthritis Care & Research; a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell, which is also the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Anxiety was around twice as common than depression in those suffering from arthritis. Despite the higher occurrence of anxiety, doctors tend to treat the depression more often. The researchers found anxiety in 31 percent of the participants, while depression was measured in 18 percent of the participants. Additionally, 84 percent of the participants who had depression also had anxiety.

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.

Mad Cow Disease detected in Central California

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture confirmed a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease that came from a dairy farm in Central California near the city of Hanford.

The USDA discovered the infected cow at a rendering facility in California during a routine inspection. The cow was reported to not have shown any symptoms of stumbling before slaughter. The cow tested positive for atypical BSE, which is not usually caused by contaminated animal feed.

The USDA said that the cow was not introduced into the food supply and would not be of any danger to humans. Additionally, they said the mad cow disease would not spread through milk.

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