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White Matter Damage in Brain May Help Spot Early Alzheimer’s

May 27, 2015

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Damage to the brain’s white matter may be an early sign of certain types of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.
Researchers used a specialized MRI technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to assess white matter in 53 people with three different types of Alzheimer’s. Some patients had […]


‘Moderate’Drinking Might Harm Older People’s Hearts: Study

May 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — “Moderate” drinking might harm your heart if you’re a senior citizen, a new study suggests.
And women appear to be at greater risk for alcohol-related heart damage than men, the researchers found.
“In an elderly population, increasing alcohol intake is associated with subtle alterations in heart […]


Fish Oil Tied to Better Brain Function in Older Adults

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Consuming more omega-3 fatty acids — found in many types of fish — may benefit people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.
Researchers looked at 40 mentally healthy adults, aged 65 to 75, who had the gene variant APOE e4, which put them at risk for […]


Rugby Player’s Head Injuries Linked to Brain Decline

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Add rugby to the sports that can lead to degenerative brain disease, a new study suggests.
The first case of a rugby player who died from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a condition associated with repeated concussions — is outlined in a new study.
To date, the link between brain […]


Cholesterol Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

May 19, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests.
The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third.
But, lead […]


The Plight of America’s ‘Elder Orphans’

May 19, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Dr. Maria Torroella Carney grew increasingly distressed as she watched how emergency response teams had to help older, frail people who were living alone evacuate their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Then, the sad story of a suicidal 76-year-old man in the […]


Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms

May 19, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Abnormal protein clumps may appear in the brain up to 30 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study estimates, perhaps providing a window of opportunity to intervene.
Scientists have long known that people with Alzheimer’s disease show brain “plaques,” where pieces of a protein […]


‘Medical Marijuana’ Pill Falls Short in Dementia Study

May 13, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — So-called medical marijuana pills may not ease the common behavioral symptoms that affect people with dementia, a small study suggests.
In a trial of 50 dementia patients, researchers found that pills containing the main active ingredient in marijuana were no better than placebo pills in easing […]


Parkinson’s Protein May Spur Immune Response

May 12, 2015

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A protein known to accumulate in Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative brain disorders activates the brain’s immune defenses, researchers say.
The protein is called a-synuclein. The researchers noted that diseases such as Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia are characterized by the abnormal accumulation of this protein. The immune response […]


The Diet That Could Make You Smarter

May 12, 2015

Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet — one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat — may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests.



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