Tag 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

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

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

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

Ginkgo Does Not Prevent Alzheimer’s

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Ginkgo biloba is one of the top selling herbs in the United States. A new study nevertheless confirms that Ginkgo does not prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading