Medical Information Summaries

 

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Small Changes, and Hopes, for Preventing Dementia

 

What we really want, if we’re honest, is a pill or a shot that would allow us to stop worrying about ever sinking into dementia. Instead, what we’re hearing about preventing dementia is, in many ways, the same stuff we hear about preventing other kinds of illnesses. Healthy lifestyles. Behavioral modification. Stress reduction. Read more....

Grasping for Any Way to Prevent Alzheimer's

 

Is there a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Last week, a study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Paris suggested there might be.  Read more....

Alzheimer's Disease Fight Focuses on Preventive Treatment

 

"Earlier is better" has become a mantra in the field of Alzheimer's disease. Experts are targeting the prevention or delay of memory decline more, instead of just focusing on treating patients who have the disease. Read more....

Hold Off Alzheimer's and Related Diseases

Eat Fish to Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease

 

People who eat baked or broiled fish every week may reduce their risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Read more....

Antibiotic Holds Back Alzheimer's

 

A drug normally used as an antibiotic has been shown to hold back Alzheimer's disease. The mental abilities of seriously affected patients declined at a much slower rate when they were given the drug. Read more....

Early Fitness Can Improve the Middle-Age Brain

 

The more physically active you are at age 25, the better your thinking tends to be when you reach middle age, according to a large-scale new study.  Read more....

How Exercise May Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

A cautiously encouraging new study suggests that for some people, a daily walk or jog could alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease if it begins.  Read more....

A Fish a Week Keeps the Brain at its Peak

Those who ate baked or broiled -- but not fried -- fish on a weekly basis had a greater volume of gray matter in areas of the brain associated with Alzheimer's disease than people who didn't eat fish as often.  Read more....

The Mediterranean Diet's Brain Benefits

A large new study confirms that sticking to the Mediterranean diet — fish, poultry, vegetables and fruit, with minimal dairy foods and meat — may be good for the brain.  Read more....

Eating Fish Found to Ward Off Eye Disease

 

A new study reports yet another good reason to eat fish: women whose diet was rich in omega-3 fatty acids found in fish were at significantly lower risk of developing agerelated macular degeneration. Read more....

Exercise Benefits

How Exercise Can Strengthen Your Brain

Can exercise make the brain more fit? That absorbing question inspired a new study at the University of South Carolina during which scientists assembled mice. Read more....

Moving Against Heart Disease

In women over 30, physical inactivity may be the greatest single contributor to heart disease risk.  Read more....

Arthritis and the Exercise Gap

 

Exercise can help ease joint pain and stiffness for arthritis sufferers. But despite plenty of science documenting its benefits, many men and women do not engage in any meaningful physical activity in a typical week. Read more....

How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

Having elevated blood pressure or an expanding waistline substantially increases your chances of developing heart disease. But exercise may slash that risk, even if your other risk factors stay high.   Read more....

Exercise as Potent Medicine

Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death. Does our health care system focuses too much on medications?   Read more....

How Inactivity Changes the Brain

A number of studies have shown that exercise can remodel the brain by prompting the creation of new brain cells and inducing other changes.  Read more....

Exercising for Healthier Eyes

Age-related vision loss is common and devastating. But new research suggests that physical activity might protect our eyes as we age.  Read more....

Risk Factors

Getting to 100 and Life is Good

 

Many studies of very old people seem to boil down to this: trying to figure out what they ate, drank and did, so that other people can try to live that long, too. Read more....

Cocktail of Popular Drugs May Cloud Brain

 

Many people are unaware that dozens of painkillers, antihistamines and psychiatric medications — from drugstore staples to popular antidepressants — can adversely affect brain function. Read more....

Maternal Link to Alzheimer's Makes a Gain

Alzheimer's disease is more common in people whose mothers had the illnes than in those whose fathers had it - and the evidence can be found in the brains of people who are still healthy.  Read more....

Public Health Crisis Hiding in Our Food

If you have high blood pressure, you’re in good company. Hypertension afflicts 67 million Americans, including nearly two-thirds of people over age 60.  Read more....

A New Women's Issue: Statins

Medical guidelines issued late last year may double the number of Americans who are told to take these cholesterol lowering drugs. Read more....

A Heart Helper May Come at a Price for the Brain

After a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery in 2010, Steve began taking a cholesterol-lowering statin at the maximum dose. Soon, he began experiencing memory problems. Read more....

Safety Alerts Cite Cholesterol Drugs' Side Effects

Federal health officials added new safety alerts to the prescribing information for statins, the cholesterol-reducing medications, citing rare risks of memory loss, diabetes and muscle pain.  Read more....

Vitamin D and Early Death

People with low blood levels of vitamin D are more likely to die prematurely than those with normal levels, a new analysis has found.  Read more....

Poor Sleep May Signal Dementia in Older Vets

Disturbed sleep was a significant and independent risk factor for subsequent development of dementia.  Read more....

Acid-Supressing Drugs Linked to Dementia

People who use certain acid-suppressing drugs for two years or longer are at increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to anemia, neurological problems or dementia.  Read more....

Blood Pressure Drugs Tied to Risk of Falls

Older adults who take blood pressure drugs have a greater risk of serious falls, a new study reports.   Read more....

Lower Blood Pressure Not Always Better

In treating people with high blood pressure, most experts believe that the lower the better. But a new study suggests that that there are limits beyond which there is no benefit.  Read more....

Obesity May Hurt the Brain, and Exercise May Help

Obesity may have harmful effects on the brain, and exercise may counteract many of those negative effects, according to sophisticated new neurological experiments.  Read more....

Infections Tied to Cognitive Decline

A new study adds to the evidence that chronic infection, known to be associated with vascular disease, is also associated with poorer performance on tests of mental ability.  Read more....

Low Vitamin D Tied to Aging Problems

A new study has found that low vitamin D levels in people over 55 are associated with an inability to perform ordinary tasks of daily life.  Read more....

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Disease in Two Big Studies

People with low vitamin D levels are more likely to die from cancer and heart disease and to suffer from other illnesses, scientists reported in two large studies.   Read more....

Miscellaneous Medical

Alzheimer's Anxiety - You Are Not Alone

ALMOST every day I worry about whether my parents have Alzheimer’s. My dad is 86 and my mother is about to turn 80.   Read more....

Alzheimer's Disease Present Long Before Symptoms Appear

Scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease are increasingly finding clues that the brain begins to deteriorate years before a person shows symptoms of dementia.  Read more....

The Older Mind May Just be a Fuller Mind

Memory’s speed and accuracy begin to slip around age 25 and keep on slipping. The story is familiar, too, for anyone who is over 50 discovers it’s a senior moment.   Read more....

Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease Link

A large and exhaustive new analysis by a team of international scientists found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events.  Read more....

When Lyme Disease Lasts and Lasts

Often misdiagnosed and mistreated, chronic Lyme disease leaves thousands of people physically and mentally debilitated and without a medically established recourse.  Read more....

Harvard Medical School in Ethics Quandry

Medical students at Harvard and members of the American Student Medical Association gave Harvard Medical School and "F" grade for their financial interaction with Drug companies.  Read more....