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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Development of Alzheimer’s disease seemingly increased in persons living with sleep apnea

According to the American Thoracic Society, obstructive sleep apnea, otherwise known as OSA, could be increasing the chances of older adults developing Alzheimer’s disease. This new research was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and focuses on the biomarker of amyloid beta. These peptides that are known to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease build plaque and accumulate more frequently depending on how many apnea’s the person experiences per hour.  This is due to the suggestion from Ricardo S.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gardening Pilot Project Helps People Living with Dementia

Summerset Manor, a long-term care facility located in Summerside, P.E.I, has recently added a “living wall” to the residence. This living wall was designed to help those living there combat feelings of loneliness and boredom. The walls, which are vertical gardens attached to a wall of a sunroom, were installed as part of a pilot project to help persons living with dementia remain more active. There are two walls in total and they were placed in the dementia wings of the building to help those living with dementia feel “worthwhile”, and at ease.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Study Shows Signs of Young Blood Rejuvenating Human Brains

Last spring, scientists reported that old mice showed signs of regained intelligence after being injected with human baby blood. Naturally, they theorized that if the blood had this effect on mice, that the next phase of the study would be to see if this “young blood” could have the same effect on the brain of a human. In the first trials of this controversial study, scientists infused youthful blood into older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease. They were only able to record “hints” that there was a positive effect on reversing the neurodegradation that these people were experiencing.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Bill 33 to Enter Its Second Reading

The time to Care Act, otherwise known in Ontario as Bill 33, has entered its second reading phase on Thursday, November 2nd. The purpose of the bill is to achieve a level of care that is acceptable for the long-term care of seniors. Seniors, their families, and care providers are all hoping for ‘All party support’ as it is necessary for these seniors living in long-term care facilities to receive the care they deserve.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mouse Study Uncovers Proteins That May Contribute to the Development of Alzheimer’s

Before now, scientists have always believed that Alzheimer’s disease was onset by proteins exclusively developed in the brain tissue. However, recent research from the University of British Columbia suggests that proteins created anywhere in the body can lead to the advancement of neurodegenerative diseases. The protein in question is the amyloid- β protein and has become the focus of Dr.Weihong Song and her team. Dr.Weihong Song is a Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer's disease and a UBC psychiatry professor.

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