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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!

Austin Perlmutter MD & David Perlmutter MD
Podcasts

Show 1216: How Sugar Interferes With Healthy Decisions

When we need to make healthy decisions about what we eat and drink, we need to find ways to deflect the allure of sugar for our brains.

cacao pod with hot cacao beverage
Cognitive Dysfunction

There Is Science to Support Cocoa for Brain Health

What are you doing to keep your synapses snapping? It may come as a surprise but you can use high-flavanol cocoa for brain health. Where do you find it?

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.

Older woman taking her blood pressure
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.

A large pile of cranberries
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.

A bottle of kefir and a bowl of kefir grains
Cognitive Dysfunction

Can Your Gut Microbiome Affect Your Memory?

When their gut microbiome has more Lactobacillus in it, mice perform better on memory tests. Will you?

scissors cut rosemary plant to make rosemary water
Cognitive Dysfunction

How Can You Make Your Own Rosemary Water?

If you want to keep your brain healthy over the years, don't smoke, do exercise, get enough sleep and sip rosemary water. You can make it yourself.

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.

senior woman with her adult daughter
Aging

Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You

Should you be tested to see if you are likely to develop dementia? The answer is different for everyone. What will you do with the results?

Cocoa pod being harvested as source of cocoa flavanols
Cognitive Dysfunction

What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improve Health?

A number of studies lead to the conclusion that cocoa flavanols improve health. But that doesn't make chocolate bars health food.

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.

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?

A variety of statin drugs
Cognitive Dysfunction

A Big Statin Controversy: Do Statins Impair Memory?

Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin remain highly popular. Can such statins impair memory?

Green round rubber stamp with vitamin B12 text
Burning Tongue

Vitamin B12 Lack Led to Balance and Memory Problems

A serious vitamin B12 lack due to PPI medication, vegan diet, or stomach inflammation can cause trouble with balance, cognition and fatigue.

Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphic
Cognitive Dysfunction

Will Statins Wreak Havoc With Your Memory?

Sometimes people fear that statins wreak havoc with cognitive function. A recent Australian study found no evidence of this effect.

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.