Posts Tagged ‘National Institute on Aging (NIA)’

A Disease that Mimics Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists have discovered that not all people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) actually have Alzheimer’s because they have discovered a disease that mimics Alzheimer’s, but is not AD. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) issued guidelines April 30, 2019 for this newly found disease. The guidelines were from a workshop funded by…

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Risks of Drinking Alcohol for Seniors

There has been a lot of confusion about what amounts of alcoholic beverages pose risks for the senior population. At one time only heavy alcohol drinking was considered to be bad, but newer research shows that drinking alcohol increases risks for heart attacks, strokes and early death. A study published April 14, 2018 in Lancet…

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Yerba Santa Shrub may be able to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

The search for a cure, prevention or way to retard the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) so far has not borne fruit, in spite of the fact that millions of dollars are being poured into research. Scientists all over the world are trying hard to find some way to prevent, slow down or cure Alzheimer’s…

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Cataracts and Aging

Aging and Eyes As we age, so do our eyes and we are vulnerable to several eye conditions that if not treated can lead to vision loss. We already wrote about glaucoma in our blog post from January 9, 2019, diabetic retinopathy in our blog from November 9, 2018 and age related macular degeneration (AMD)…

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Memory was Restored in Alzheimer’s Mice

This is fascinating. A preclinical study by researchers from the University of Buffalo published January 22, 2019 in the Brain journal showed that memory was temporarily restored in mice,  who had been modified to have familial Alzheimer’s disease (AD). This is the type of Alzheimer’s which runs in families. The mice regained their memory for…

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Tips for Caregivers and their Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s During Holidays

How to Care for a Loved one with Alzheimer’s and Enjoy Holidays  Holidays can present unique challenges for Alzheimer’s caregivers. On the one hand, the holidays bring friends and families together, trigger up good memories and can also be a kind of reminiscent therapy for people with Alzheimer’s suffering from memory loss. However, holidays  can…

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Saliva Test for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Search for a Way to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Long before there are Symptoms Research is focusing on a way to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) long before it shows any symptoms in the hope that some kind of intervention or treatment will be found to prevent or stop its progressive decline into dementia with its severe…

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Obesity Poses Risks for Seniors

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers obesity to be a worldwide epidemic and obesity is at an all-time high rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. In 2015-16, 39.8% of all Americans were…

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Genetic Mutation found for Lou Gehrig’s Disease

A genetic mutation has been discovered by researchers who carried out the largest study ever on 125,000 samples for amyloid lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The researchers were led by Bryan Traynor of the intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and John Landers of the University of…

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Study Shows Interaction between Herpes viruses and Alzheimer’s

Slow Viruses and Prion Diseases Researchers have long suspected that there might be a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and microbes like bacteria or viruses. In fact many studies have dealt with this issue beginning in 1952 when a study suggested that a slow virus form of herpes simplex could be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease.…

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