Monday, February 12, 2018

Mind Over Matter: Alzheimer's Risk Reduced by Half With Positive Thinking

A study conducted with over 4000 older adults (aged 60+) by Yale University found that positive beliefs on aging had a significant impact on the development of dementia. They found that participants who had positive beliefs on aging reduced their risk of dementia by 44 percent, and that those who had a genetic predisposition for dementia the risk almost halved. Dr. Levy and her colleagues recruited 4765 “dementia free” adults, with an average age of 72.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Shared Excitement on Exosomes Causes Texas A&M and Celltex to Team Up on Alzheimer's Research

Exosomes are vesicles created by the cell to transport components through the body. The particular type of exosome that is creating excitement in Alzheimer’s research is exosomes that deliver anti-inflammatory agents to the brain. Celltex Therapeutics Corp. and Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine Institute for Regenerative Medicine have teamed up to pursue research on how to utilize exosomes to reduce inflammation in the brain.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Form of Vitamin B3 Promotes Brain Health and Reduces Cognitive Decline in Mice Models

Researchers from the National Institute on Aging presented in a study on mice the potential benefits of nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of the vitamin B3 supplement, for protecting against Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. Utilizing genetically modified mice to exhibit traditional Alzheimer’s pathology (such as the presence of tau and amyloid beta proteins), the researchers tested the effect the NR supplement had on their cognitive abilities and brain pathology.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Canadian Research from Alberta Takes a New Approach to Alzheimer's Research

Professors, Matthew Macauley and John Klassen, from the University of Alberta are investigating how glycomics, the study of carbohydrates (sugars) may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Determining how the glycans (sugars) interact with a protein known as CD33, which has strong implications in Alzheimer’s disease, may create potential therapies. The researchers explain that receptors for sugars in microglia (white blood cells found in the brain) can serve as an indicator of who will develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, February 5, 2018

New Alzheimer’s Detection Tool Being Tested at Laurier University

Professors at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) (Lazaridis School of Business and Economics) have partnered with BrainFX, Thought Wire, and Saint Elizabeth Health Care to produce a new early detection tool for Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, February 5, 2018

MIND Diet Promotes Brain Health and Lowers Risk of Dementia in Stroke Survivors

The Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet was developed by researchers from the Rush University Medical Centre to promote brain health, and reduce risk of hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. This diet has also been seen to slow cognitive decline in those who have experienced a stroke - who are far more likely to develop dementia over time.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Blood Sample to be a Potential Test for Alzheimer’s disease

Testing for Alzheimer’s disease pathology has always been a challenge for researchers. The current tests typically utilize positron-emission tomography (PET) scans or samples of cerebrospinal fluid to measure the amount of beta-amyloid present, a protein that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Circadian Rhythm alters years in Advance of Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

One of the key signs of Alzheimer’s disease is the accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in the brain. Interestingly, amyloid levels decrease during sleep, which raises concern for those who are experiencing fragmented sleep patterns.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise in Alzheimer's Disease

Aerobic exercise has long been recognized as having benefits for the respiratory system, and now is gaining recognition for its benefits on the brain. A meta-analysis study of the effect of exercise on cognitive performance of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease found that those who performed aerobic exercise greatly improved their cognitive performance. Currently, the World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. They also recommend strength training regularly.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Partnerships Between the Federal and Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Government to Improve Health Care

The Canadian Government and the Newfoundland and Labrador Government are working together to plan the use of federal funding for health care priorities. The government will be investing $72 million over 5 years. Through a mutual agreement, the funding will support home and community care, as well as mental health priorities.

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