Tag Archives: Alzheimers-Disease

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

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

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

Smoking Hurts The Brain Too

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Did you know that smoking is not only bad for your lungs but also for your brain?
A new study shows that smoking is linked to accelerated decline in memory and reasoning in people over 50. 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

Brushing Your Teeth to Fight Dementia?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

A recent Huffington Post article reports a 2012 study showing that daily teeth brushing is associated with lower risks of dementia. Also mentioned is a 2007 study showing that people who have lost many teeth have a higher risk of dementia. Are we to conclude that there is a causal relationship between brushing one’s teeth and developing dementia? As the author of the article mentioned in passing: no!
This is a great example of the potential danger of such association studies: It is not because two facts seem to be associated or to vary together (here brushing teeth and dementia) that one causes the other. Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Progression Less Aggressive After 80

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

The greater risk factor for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is age: the older we get the more risks we have to develop the disease. Nevertheless, new research shows that the disease hits people in their 60s and 70s harder than people who are 80 and older. Continue reading

How to Slow Down Mental Decline: Find a Purpose in Life

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

What’s your purpose in life? Knowing the answer to that question could improve your physical health but also help protect your brain. Researchers recently showed that a strong sense of purpose and well-being is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline as we age. Continue reading

Can Caffeine Protect Against Alzheimer’s?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

How does coffee affect our thinking process? Can it help boost cognition or even prevent decline? In a new study, researchers found that the onset of Alzheimer’s disease tended to be delayed or avoided for those with higher blood caffeine levels. Continue reading

How Do Genes Affect Alzheimer’s Risks?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Although there is a strong association between the ApoE4 gene and the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers do not know what role this gene plays in the disease. A recent study provides new clues: in mice, ApoE4 damages the blood vessels that provide nutrients to the brain. Continue reading