Category Archives: Alzheimers

Could Antidepressants Be Used to Slow Alzheimer Disease?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Anti-depressants ‘could slow onset of Alzheimer’s disease’ (BBC): Research into 23 people, and transgenic mice, found citalopram hampered a protein which helps to build destructive plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Scientists said they hoped the study could help prevent the disease.

How many hopeful titles like this one have you read recently in the media? Scientific results tend to get in the news very fast these days, especially as far as Alzheimer’s disease is concerned. Often, the research is only beginning and patients and their family should learn to be critical readers. Continue reading

Are women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

In the US, two-third of the people diagnosed with the disease are women. The reason why is not clear so far. Of course, women are more likely than men to live long enough to develop the disease.  But there may be other factors such as a gene (APOE4) or the hormone estrogen. This NPR story helps us understand this a little bit better. Continue reading

Bilingualism Delays Dementia By 4.5 Years

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Being bilingual protects against dementia, delaying its onset. A new study shows that this is true for all types of dementia and interestingly, whether you can read or not. Speaking a second language is what matters and not so much your level of education. Continue reading

Can Depression Lead to Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Late-life depression is linked to social isolation, poorer health and higher mortality. A recent study now links it to increased risks of later developing both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. What may cause this association is not clear so far. Continue reading

Can Cinnamon Help Against Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Do you like the sweet smell of cinnamon? A new study shows that the compound that causes that bright smell may help prevent the development of tau protein tangles, the tangles that notoriously form in brains affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Are we to conclude that cinnamon can play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s see why. Continue reading

How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age

Modern life places extraordinary demands on our brains. Whether your goal is to become more resilient, enhance memory, ward off Alzheimer’s disease, or simply improve mental focus to perform better at work, this how-to guide shows you exactly how to “use it or lose it.” Continue reading

Exercise Helps Alzheimer’s Patients Remain Independent Longer

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Physical exercise can benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease. A study reports that a bi-weekly hour of physical training can help them remain independent longer. The slower decline in activities of daily living was accompanied by less falls, and this at no overall increase in social and health care costs. Continue reading

Can Stress Accelerate Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Chronic stress is associated with brain atrophy, memory problems, and dementia. However how this works is not well understood. A new animal study suggests that stress-induced steroids that inhibit brain activity may be part of the answer. Continue reading

Is Sleep Loss an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Disrupted sleep could be an early indicator of  Alzheimer’s disease, even before any memory loss or other symptoms appear. Although sleep problems are common for people diagnosed with the disease, a new study is among the first to link early dementia and sleep problems in humans. Continue reading

Not All Antioxidants May Protect Your Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

A diet rich in antioxidants helps reduce risks of stroke and dementia. A new study contradicts this idea and suggests that it may depend on where you get your antioxidants from. Antioxidants coming from tea and coffee may not have the same protective effect on the brain as those coming from fruits and vegetables. Continue reading