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Glaucoma Treatment – B3 May Be the Answer – Smilecast 85

Glaucoma Treatment – B3 May Be the Answer In mice genetically predisposed to glaucoma, vitamin B3 added to drinking water is effective at glaucoma treatment, a research team led by Jackson Laboratory Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Investigator Simon W.M. John reports in the journal Science. Glaucoma is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases, affecting an estimated 80 million people worldwide. In most glaucoma patients, harmfully high pressure inside the eye or intraocular...

Duration: 00:00:41

Sleeping Too Much – It Might Be a Sign of Dementia Risk – Smilecast 84

Sleeping Too Much? It May Be a Sign of Increased Dementia Risk Are you sleeping too much? Sleeping more than nine hours a day may be an early sign of degeneration of the brain and signify an increased risk of dementia in older people, according to a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “We found that when older people transitioned from regularly sleeping less than nine hours to sleeping more than nine hours, they had an increased risk of...

Duration: 00:00:44

4 Things You Need to Know About a New Dementia Diagnosis – Smilecast 83

4 Things You Need to Know About a New Dementia Diagnosis The recent PBS documentary, Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, sounded an alarm and a wakeup call to the devastation being caused by dementia, including Alzheimer’s. As more and more people become impacted, it’s important to help family members, including children and the community-at-large, understand the disease so everyone knows how they can help when there is a dementia diagnosis. Here are some tips. The post 4 Things You Need to...

Duration: 00:01:56

Obesity, High BP, Diabetes, Cholesterol > Alzheimer’s Risk – Smilecast 82

Findings Support Role of Vascular Disease in Development of Alzheimer’s Disease Among adults who entered a study more than 25 years ago, an increasing number of midlife vascular risk factors, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking, were associated with elevated levels of brain amyloid (protein fragments linked to Alzheimer’s disease) later in life, according to a study published by JAMA. Rsk factors included body mass index 30 or greater, current...

Duration: 00:00:56

Jobs After 60 – Charlotte Today – Smilecast 81

Jobs After 60 – My Segment from Charlotte Today I addressed Jobs After 60 on Charlotte Today. Here is the intro. Many people are working well beyond the traditional retirement age, partly out of necessity and partly because they still want to contribute and are not ready to retire. Whether you’ve been laid off, you’re retired and looking for something to do, or need a little supplemental income, here to give us tips on how to find a job when you are older is aging expert Anthony...

Duration: 00:06:10

Better Hygiene, Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s – Huh!! – Smilecast 80

Better Hygiene Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s – Hear This Out! With all the emphasis on hand hygiene to prevent infection and the whole hullababllo over hospital acquired infections comes this story. Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Department of Anthropology, University of Utah have suggested that better hygiene leads to more risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. The “hygiene hypothesis” suggests that certain aspects of modern life (e.g. antibiotics, sanitation, clean...

Duration: 00:01:33

Caffeine Benefits – It May Fight Alzheimer’s Disease – Smilecast 79

Caffeine Benefits – May Fight Alzheimer’s? Possibly. Tau deposits, along with beta-amyloid plaques, are among the characteristic features of Alzheimer’s disease. These protein deposits disrupt the communication of the nerve cells in the brain and contribute to their degeneration. A team led by Dr. Christa E. Müller from the University of Bonn and Dr. David Blum from the University of Lille was able to demonstrate for the first time that caffeine has a positive effect on tau deposits in...

Duration: 00:00:41

Cocoa Extract for Memory – May Hold Off Dementia – Smilecast 78

Cocoa Extract For Memory – May Prevent Alzheimer’s Talk about a mouth-watering study. The benefits of cocoa extract for memory has been seen to reduce damage to nerve pathways seen in Alzheimer’s. Researchers have found that a specific preparation of cocoa-extract called Lavado may reduce damage long before people develop symptoms. Evidence in the current study is the first to suggest that adequate quantities of specific cocoa polyphenols in the diet over time may prevent Alzheimer’s...

Duration: 00:00:30

Middle-aged Neurotic Women Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s – Smilecast 77

Neurotic Women and Alzheimer’s The Washington Post reports that middle-aged neurotic women who worry a lot may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life, citing a study in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal, Neurology. The paper notes that researchers at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden “followed a group of women in their 40s, whose disposition made them prone to anxiety, moodiness and psychological distress, to see how many developed dementia over...

Duration: 00:00:33

Spice Turmeric Could Fight Alzheimer’s – Smilecast 75

Spice Turmeric Could Fight Alzheimer’s (Vanderbilt University) Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease. “Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer’s with reduced toxicity,” said Wellington Pham, Ph.D., assistant...

Duration: 00:00:29

The Benefits of Singing – Better Recall for Those with Dementia – Smilecast 74

The Benefits of Singing Instructions to Dementia Patients Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study to see if Alzheimer’s patients would be better able to recall new information if it was sung to them. Alzheimer’s patients and healthy control subjects were visually presented with the lyrics to 40 songs. Half of the lyrics were presented along with the original recordings. The other half was presented in a spoken format. The Alzheimer’s patients could more...

Duration: 00:02:35

Alzheimer’s Association Trial Match – Smilecast 73

Alzheimer’s Association Trial Match Every 70 seconds someone in America develops Alzheimer’s. In 2050, experts project there will be nearly one million new cases annually. The Alzheimer’s Association has developed TrialMatch, a confidential interactive tool that provides comprehensive clinical trial information and an individualized trial-matching service for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The web-based patient and clinical trial matching service is also accessible...

Duration: 00:00:42

Homebound Seniors Twice as Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s – Smilecast 72

Homebound Seniors More at Risk for Dementia Homebound seniors are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as more active individuals. Investigators at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago followed 1,294 seniors from two separate studies. None of the study subjects exhibited dementia symptoms at the beginning of either study. During an average of 4.4 years, 180 participants developed Alzheimer’s. Of this group, patients who self-reported that they never left their home...

Duration: 00:01:21

Coconut Oil May Relieve, Regress Dementia Symptoms – Smilecast 71

Coconut Oil May Relieve, Regress Dementia Symptoms A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease titled, “Coconut Oil Attenuates the Effects of Amyloid-β on Cortical Neurons In Vitro.” adds to an accumulating body of anecdotal reports that coconut oil may alleviate and/or regress cognitive deficits associated with aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. Medical researchers from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL,...

Duration: 00:00:26

The Benefits of Walnuts to Delay Dementia – Smilecast 70

The Benefits of Walnuts in Delaying Dementia A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicates that a diet including walnuts may have a beneficial effect in reducing the risk, delaying the onset, slowing the progression of, or preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Who knew the benefits of walnuts? Maybe Dick Van Dyke! Research led by Abha Chauhan, PhD, head of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental...

Duration: 00:00:39

Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s – Double the Risk – Smilecast 69

Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Risk Diabetes may be linked to the buildup of tangles or tau in the brain, separate from Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the online version of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Evidence shows that people with type 2 diabetes have double the risk of developing dementia,” said study author Velandai Srikanth, MD, PhD, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The study involved 816 people...

Duration: 00:00:38

Slow Walking Speed Could Be Indicator for Alzheimer’s – Smilecast 68

Slow Walking Speed Could Be Indicator for Alzheimer’s How fast elderly people walk may be related to the amount of amyloid plaques they have built up in their brains. These plaques are often associated with Alzheimer’s. So even if someone does not have the disease, their slow walking speed could be a risk indicator according to a study published in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study involved 128 people with an average age of 76 who did not have...

Duration: 00:00:39

Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – Drink Responsibly – Smilecast 67

Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – OK to Drink But Like Everything in Moderation Leave it to German researchers to conduct a study where they found that elderly adults who consume about two alcoholic beverages per day are at a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than non-drinkers. Alcohol and Alzheimer’s – who knew? Researchers said that study subjects were 30% less likely to develop dementia, and 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The study sampled...

Duration: 00:01:02

Fun and Different Activities for Seniors – Charlotte Today – Smilecast 66

Fun and Different Activities for Seniors – Charlotte Today Seeking out engaging and fun activities for seniors? Forget the novelties of gardening and golfing, and try a little something new with these fun ideas! This segment is from my appearance on the Charlotte Today Show. We discussed different categories of activities – exercise, activities that stimulate creativity, those that engage people socially, those that have a charity component, and finally those that contribute to lifelong...

Duration: 00:05:24

What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present – Smilecast 65

What We Can All Learn About Living in the Present My good friend Sandy Halperin, who has early onset Alzheimer’s was recently honored along with Sanjay Gupta, M.D. with the 2016 Proxmire Award, which recognizes national figures who have “demonstrated leadership and positively impacted public awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.” A couple weeks before he accepted the award we had a 35 minute Skype call. In it he expressed concern about what he was going to say. Certainly...

Duration: 00:03:41

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