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Alzheimer’s Disease

Are There Cognitive Benefits to Moderate Drinking?

A study among older Americans finds that moderate drinking is linked to cognitive benefits for white participants. Too much is not good!

Dr. Dale Bredesen studies how to defend your brain
Podcasts

Show 1214: How to Defend Your Brain During the Pandemic and Beyond

Dr. Dale Bredesen describes how to boost your immune system to defend your brain from infection, toxins and inadequate nourishment.

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Aging

Will Blood Pressure Medicines Prevent Alzheimer Disease?

In a new meta-analysis, the investigators found that people taking blood pressure medicines are slightly less likely to develop dementia.

elderly woman wrapped in gray blanket due to respiratory infection, dementia genes
Aging

Could Dementia Genes Make You Vulnerable to COVID-19?

Researchers have found that dementia genes are twice as common among hospitalized COVID-19 patients as in the general population.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s Disease

PPIs and Cognitive Dysfunction: Anticholinergic Overkill

Ask a doctor whether proton pump inhibitors have anticholinergic activity and you will hear no! But is there a link between PPIs and cognitive dysfunction?

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Aging

What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia?

A study from Framingham suggests berries, apples, pears, oranges and tea are among the foods you should eat to reduce your risk for Alzheimer disease.

older man suffering from dementia
Alzheimer’s Disease

Heartburn Drugs like PPIs Are Linked to Dementia

Should the FDA reconsider allowing PPIs to be sold OTC? There's growing evidence that PPIs are linked to dementia. Do we know why? A Swedish study says yes!

Robert Moir, PhD, expert in Alzheimer disease
Podcasts

Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer Disease? (Archive)

Pharmaceutical scientists have been striving to get amyloid plaques out of the brain, but new research suggests that amyloid may be acting to protect the brain from microbes. What are the implications

Senior couple growing stressed plants in their organic garden
Aging

What Can Help You Stay Sharp as You Age?

Maintaining physical activity and consuming blueberries, turmeric and rosemary may help you stay sharp as you age. Which will you try?

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s Disease

Surgery Doesn’t Boost Risk of Alzheimer Disease

Experts have been concerned that anesthesia for surgery might boost the risk of Alzheimer disease. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic have reassuring news.

Aging

Can You Lower Your Dementia Risk With a Few Drinks?

If you want to lower your dementia risk with a drink or two, stick to just one or two a week. LIght drinking is linked to less plaque in the brain.

woman sniffing her smelly armpit and checking for stinky body odor
Alzheimer’s Disease

How Dangerous is Aluminum for People? What’s in Your Armpit?

Have you ever wondered how dangerous is aluminum? It is all around us and is used in everything from antacids to antiperspirants. What is the latest update?

market display of apples, eggplants, peppers, grapes, green beans, colorful vegetables
Aging

Colorful Fruits and Veggies to Protect Your Brain

Scientists find that older people who consume lots of fruits and veggies rich in flavonol compounds are less prone to Alzheimer dementia.

man wearing a surgical mask and an aluminum hat
Alzheimer’s Disease

Aluminum and Alzheimer’s: The Connection Gets Stronger!

Most people like aluminum. It is light and strong. The mineral salts are found in all antiperspirants. But is there an aluminum and Alzheimer's association.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s Disease

Why Are There No Effective Alzheimer’s Drugs?

A new study in the journal Neurology challenges the amyloid theory behind Alzheimer's disease. Maybe that's why there are no effective Alzheimer's drugs.

grape seed extract with grape seeds in a spoon and grapes on the table
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You Prevent Dementia With Grape Seed Extract?

Rodent research shows that grape seed extract can slow cognitive decline and the development of dementia. How well will it work for humans?

Alzheimer’s Disease

Has a Chinese Company Found a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Drug companies have long been thwarted in developing a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Now a Chinese firm is taking a different approach to the problem.

soccer player heading a soccer ball
Alzheimer’s Disease

Soccer and Brain Damage: Kids and Headers?

Soccer is a wonderful sport. It requires extraordinary stamina and great team play. Kids love it. But is there harm to the brain when players head the ball?

Swimmers swimming in a pool
Aging

Show 1182: How You Can Use Exercise as Medicine

Doctors who use exercise as medicine offer personalized prescriptions for activity. This can be as powerful as medications for promoting health.

senior man exercising on stationary bike in health club
Aging

Do Older People Improve Their Memories with Exercise?

Some older volunteers were able to improve their memories with a single exercise session. To make the benefits last, they needed to keep exercising.