Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progression

Researchers have found that nilvadipine, a drug that doctors regularly use to treat hypertension, may help people with Alzheimer’s disease by increasing blood flow to the brain

Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progressionAlzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. This progressive disorder causes the degeneration and, ultimately, the death of brain cells. People with dementia experience cognitive decline, and have issues making judgments and performing everyday tasks. Dementia affects millions of people worldwide. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people with dementia was […]

Squeezing of blood vessels may contribute to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s

Reduced blood flow to the brain associated with early Alzheimer's may be caused by the contraction of cells wrapped around blood vessels, according to a UCL-led study that opens up a new way to potentially treat the disease

Squeezing of blood vessels may contribute to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’sBlood provides the brain’s energy supply in the form of glucose and oxygen. Earlier studies have suggested the first change in Alzheimer’s disease is a decrease in cerebral blood flow. The study, published today in the journal Science and funded by the European Research Council, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation, looked at the role of […]

Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%, reveals study

A large study concludes that atrial fibrillation does, indeed, raise the risk of dementia even in people who did not have a stroke and that anticoagulants may reduce this risk

Atrial fibrillation may raise dementia risk by 50%, reveals studyAtrial fibrillation (A-fib) is a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. More specifically, the atria of the heart — the chambers that receive blood and pump it out to the heart’s ventricles and the rest of the body — beat at an irregular rhythm. Previous research has shown that people with A-fib have a […]

Brush your teeth to postpone Alzheimer’s disease, suggests new study

Researchers have determined that gum disease (gingivitis) plays a decisive role in whether a person develops Alzheimer’s or not

Brush your teeth to postpone Alzheimer’s disease, suggests new studyThe bacteria produces a protein that destroys nerve cells in the brain, which in turn leads to loss of memory and ultimately, Alzheimer’s. “We discovered DNA-based proof that the bacteria causing gingivitis can move from the mouth to the brain,” says researcher Piotr Mydel at Broegelmanns Research Laboratory, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen […]

Antibiotics may help curb Alzheimer’s symptoms, finds study

The study, conducted at The University of Chicago, Illinois, demonstrated how long-term antibiotic use could reduce inflammation and slow the growth of amyloid plaques in male mice

Antibiotics may help curb Alzheimer’s symptoms, finds studyResearch showed that an antibiotic mix impacted the gut bacteria in mice to the point that it slowed the growth and development of Alzheimer’s, but only in males. Amyloid plaques are a feature specific to Alzheimer’s disease. They form when a particular protein within the neurons of the brain build-up and clump together. These amyloid […]

Daily meditation may alter the course of Alzheimer’s, reveals study

Recent research has found that short daily practice of mind-body therapy may help alleviate some of the signs and symptoms that often precede dementia

Daily meditation may alter the course of Alzheimer’s, reveals studyThe researchers behind the new study assessed a group of older adults experiencing memory difficulties who practiced 12 minutes per day of music listening or simple yoga meditation for 12 weeks. Samples of their blood from before and after the 3 months of therapy revealed changes in levels of certain markers with associations to cell […]

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementia

Activities that keep the brain busy like using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities, appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementiaMentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and […]

Researchers gather more evidence that blood tests can detect the risk of Alzheimer’s

A new study confirms that a simple blood test can reveal whether there is accelerating nerve cell damage in the brain. The researchers analysed neurofilament light protein (NFL) in blood samples from patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers gather more evidence that blood tests can detect the risk of Alzheimer’sRecently published in JAMA Neurology, the study suggests that the NFL concentration in the blood could be able to indicate if a drug actually affects the loss of nerve cells. The blood samples were collected over several years, and on multiple occasions, from 1,182 patients with different degrees of cognitive impairment, and 401 healthy subjects […]

This sleep disorder puts people at ‘very high risk’ of Parkinson’s

Research has linked a particular sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. What characterizes this sleep problem, and can its presence be a good way to predict Parkinson’s risk?

This sleep disorder puts people at ‘very high risk’ of Parkinson’sResearchers still do not fully understand exactly what causes Parkinson’s disease, but they have identified a few risk factors that can predispose a person to develop this condition. These include a person’s age and sex as well as some genetic factors. Still, it remains a challenge to establish early on who is likely to develop […]

Can a blood pressure drug protect the brain from Parkinson’s?

A prescription drug already in use for the treatment of high blood pressure could be effective against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s, in which toxic proteins build up in brain cells

Can a blood pressure drug protect the brain from Parkinson’s?Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health in China suggest that the hypertension drug felodipine could be a promising candidate for ‘repurposing’ as a treatment for neurodegenerative conditions. In experiments with zebrafish and mice, they showed that felodipine can prompt a cellular recycling process […]
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