The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis conducted a study regarding a brain protein called Orexin and its possible connection to Alzheimer’s. The study, which was published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, was conducted using two sets of mice: Mice bred to be genetically predisposed to develop beta amyloid proteins, and mice […]
When someone you love dies there can be overwhelming feelings of grief. This grief can be complicated if the one you love suffered from dementia prior to their death. You may even feel that you started or are starting the grieving process before death takes place. This is normal.
With 3 billion dollars recently granted in federal funding, Alzheimer’s research is in full force. Eli Lilly’s recent promising drug failed in it’s late stage clinical trials but researchers believe that removing amyloid plaques in the brain, something the drug was attempting to do is the way to go. Biogen has a drug that is […]
Alzheimer’s disease is a complex disease with many unanswered questions. New research is showing a link however to those with bilingual language abilities being more resilient to the dementia effects cause by Alzheimer’s disease. This new study shows that those fluent in more than one language are somewhat more protected from dementia. As more people […]
Being a caregiver is both a physical and an emotional journey. This journey is all-encompassing and it takes its toll. There are emotional, physical and financial strains that call on us at the deepest levels. These challenges can hit us intellectually, socially, financially and spiritually. Simply put: caregiving can be overwhelming.
While cholesterol is a crucial substance for human bodies and not altogether deserving of its presumed bad rap, most of us realize that an excess can damage the cardiovascular system, specifically the heart and blood vessels. What all of us may not realize is that due to the interdependent nature of our bodily systems, the […]
Neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are heavily linked to sleep disorders. Not surprisingly, sleep quality has long been considered a contributory factor in overall health. However, specific links to degenerative diseases are also attributable to sleep specifically, as data is gathered. One such piece of data that shows a notable corollary between sleep dysfunction […]
A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is currently exploring the benefits of flashing light therapy. The researchers believe that flashing light therapy may be able to reduce the amount of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which could help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Researchers flashed light at genetically engineered mice who […]
A Canadian study has found results that suggest that inactivity can make you as likely to develop dementia as those with a genetic predisposition. The study spanned five years and followed 1,600 individuals over the age of 65, and concluded that the individuals who led a sedentary lifestyle were at as much risk of developing […]
Can we still be friends? Maybe you have a friend that has been diagnosed with dementia and that thought is running through your head. You may feel uncomfortable or unsure of how to proceed, but your friendship can still be meaningful. You can still enjoy your friendship, even as it changes through the progress of […]