Health A bacteria that causes gum disease has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease in a study scientists believe could pave the way for new treatments targeting the debilitating condition. An enzyme called gingipains, which the Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) bacteria gives off, is the “main cause of Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Steve Dominy, study author and associate professor at University of California, told Newsweek. However, other experts in the field responded cautiously to the findings published in the journal Science Advances. Read more: Common herpes virus could cause 50 percent of Alzheimer's disease cases, expert says Researchers first compared the brain tissue of patients with and without Alzheimer’s disease. They found 96 percent of 53 patients with the condition had RgpB, or a form of the gingipains enzyme known as arginine-gingipain. And 91 percent of 54 … [Read more...] about Dementia and Gum Disease: Alzheimer’s Linked to Gingivitis
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – While grieving her father’s death early last year, Pam Barton learned that her mother, Norma Keller, had Alzheimer’s disease – a fact that her father had hidden from the rest of the family for some time.To honor her mother -- Norma Keller who died in September at age 88 -- Barton, 64, signed up for an Alzheimer’s study at University Hospitals called the Generation Program, a study seeking to cure and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia.The study conducts genetic tests on volunteers to see if they carry gene markers that increase their risk for Alzheimer’s.“By golly, I can lend my healthy body to research,” said Barton, who lives near Columbus. “Research is so key in anything.”UH is one of several sites internationally participating in the Generation Program. It is sponsored by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, a Phoenix, Arizona-based organization supporting research and … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s study at UH seeks cure by looking for genetic clues
Even a couple of decades ago, the role that genetics plays in Alzheimer's disease was still largely a mystery. But times have changed. Today, you can write a check, send a sample of your saliva to a private company, and learn whether you carry the gene most associated with the risk of Alzheimer's. But do you really want to know? What would you do with that information? How would it benefit you? Those are the kinds of questions that medical experts are urging people to ask before they send away for a genetic testing kit and get back a result they aren't prepared to deal with. "The genie is out of the bottle," says Dr. Lori Frank, a member of the scientific advisory board for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. "It's a good idea for people to understand what a genetic test can do and can't do, and the consequences of learning the information." Genetic testing is all the rage these days. On Black Friday, when 23andMe offered its at-home genetic testing kit for half off, it was touted … [Read more...] about Sure, you can learn your genetic risk for Alzheimer’s. But do you really want to know?
WELLNESS 09/19/2018 11:22 am ET Updated 20 minutes ago Breaking down what you need to know about the brain conditions. Colleen Travers On Assignment For HuffPost Seeing someone you love like a parent or grandparent experience memory loss can be crushing. However, just because someone starts having slip-ups doesn’t automatically mean they’re showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It could, of course, be nothing. Or cognitive confusion or decline could be more of a sign of dementia ― which isn’t the same thing as Alzheimer’s, despite what many people might think. Although there’s an overlap between the two, there are some important differences to note. Below is information on how dementia and Alzheimer’s vary, so you can help your loved ones ― or yourself ― get the right kind of treatment. Dementia is an umbrella term for many different conditions ― including Alzheimer’s Dementia can sum up many … [Read more...] about So THAT’S The Difference Between Alzheimer’s And Dementia
By KAREN KAPLANLos Angeles Times August 27. 2018 10:19PM Runners take over the MacArthur Causeway in both directions as they participate in the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on Jan. 24, 2016. A new study suggests taking care of your cardiovascular system can lower your risk of dementia. (Carl Juste/Miami Herald/TNS) You know it’s important to eat right, exercise and keep your cholesterol under control to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. If that’s not enough of an incentive, new research suggests that taking care of your cardiovascular system will pay off for your brain as well.A study of more than 6,600 senior citizens found that the better they scored on seven measures of cardiovascular health, the lower their risk of dementia over the ensuing years.The difference was dramatic: Among those with the lowest scores, dementia developed at a rate of 13.3 cases per 100 people. But among those with the highest scores, there were only 7.1 cases per 100 … [Read more...] about Cardiovascular health lowers risk of dementia, study says