Category Archives: Dementia

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

Anemia Is Linked to Higher Dementia Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Anemia, or low levels of red blood cells, can increase risks of early death in older adults. A new study now shows that it may also increase the risk of developing dementia in people over 70. 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

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

The More Vitamin D the Better for Your Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Vitamin D, which you can get through sun exposure, food, or supplements, may help maintain brain health. The results of two studies converge to show that indeed higher vitamin D intake is associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s On the Rise: What Can We Do?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

According to a new study, the population with Alzheimer’s in the US will triple by 2050: from 4.7 millions in 2010 to 13.8 millions.  This emphasizes the urgent need for more research to find preventive measures. In the meantime, what can we do to keep our brains healthy and decrease dementia risks? Continue reading

Feeling Lonely Increases Dementia Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Loneliness or social isolation is traditionally related to poorer health outcomes and life expectancy. The Amsterdam Study of the Elderly suggests that it may also be linked to increased risks of Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, feeling lonely, rather that actually being alone, may be what matters. Continue reading

Walking to Keep the Brain Healthy

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

As reported recently, simple mental activities such as reading and writing can help preserve brain health.
Now another study shows that a simple physical activity like walking can do just the same. Continue reading