The People's Perspective on Medicine
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

Can Anti-Herpes Treatments Prevent Alzheimer’s?

There is growing evidence to suggest that herpes viruses contribute to dementia. Could an antiviral supplement or drug like Valtrex prevent Alzheimer's?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Prostate Cancer Therapy and Dementia: The Link Gets Stronger

Determining the best treatment(s) for PCa is challenging. Hormone suppression is common. Is there a link between this prostate cancer therapy and dementia?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Gets Much Stronger!

Alzheimer disease is devastating. People assume it is caused by bad genes or bad luck. There are increasing data linking anticholinergic drugs and dementia.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Brain?

You don't have to live near the Mediterranean Sea to benefit from a traditional diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruit and olive oil.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss?

Whatever you call brain fog--confusion, disorientation forgetfulness or memory loss--it can be devastating. Many meds can trigger cognitive dysfunction.

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Aging

Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairment

Older adults who show signs of falling for scams may be at risk for mental deterioration over the next several years.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will Gum Disease Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

Researchers have found DNA from bacteria that cause gum disease in the brains of people with Alzheimer disease. Does infection lead to dementia?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

Has the pharmaceutical industry become too greedy? High drug prices for rare but deadly diseases are breaking the health care system. 2020 is no exception.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will Statins Protect the Brain and Lower Blood Sugar?

Researchers have been trying to prove that statins protect the brain for years. An anti-Alzheimer's effect would be great news. How good are the data?

Eran Elinav, MD, PhD
Podcasts

Show 1159: Do Cold Sores Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

In this international research update, we consider studies of probiotics and how they influence the gut microbiota; also, are cold sores linked to dementia?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

A type of retina scan known as optical coherence tomography angiography, or OCTA, can detect changes indicative of Alzheimer Disease before symptoms appear.