The People's Perspective on Medicine
Alzheimer’s Disease

Has a Chinese Company Found a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Drug companies have long been thwarted in developing a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Now a Chinese firm is taking a different approach to the problem.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Soccer and Brain Damage: Kids and Headers?

Soccer is a wonderful sport. It requires extraordinary stamina and great team play. Kids love it. But is there harm to the brain when players head the ball?

Swimmers swimming in a pool
Aging

Show 1182: How You Can Use Exercise as Medicine

Doctors who use exercise as medicine offer personalized prescriptions for activity. This can be as powerful as medications for promoting health.

senior man exercising on stationary bike in health club
Aging

Do Older People Improve Their Memories with Exercise?

Some older volunteers were able to improve their memories with a single exercise session. To make the benefits last, they needed to keep exercising.

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease medical concept, 3D illustration.
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Anti-Herpes Treatments Prevent Alzheimer’s?

There is growing evidence to suggest that herpes viruses contribute to dementia. Could an antiviral supplement or drug like Valtrex prevent Alzheimer's?

man with a confused and surprised expression
Alzheimer’s Disease

Prostate Cancer Therapy and Dementia: The Link Gets Stronger

Determining the best treatment(s) for PCa is challenging. Hormone suppression is common. Is there a link between this prostate cancer therapy and dementia?

confused older man
Alzheimer’s Disease

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

senior woman with her adult daughter
Alzheimer’s Disease

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Gets Much Stronger!

Alzheimer disease is devastating. People assume it is caused by bad genes or bad luck. There are increasing data linking anticholinergic drugs and dementia.

Mediterranean diet salad with olive oil
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Brain?

You don't have to live near the Mediterranean Sea to benefit from a traditional diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruit and olive oil.

forgetful man slaps forehead
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss?

Whatever you call brain fog--confusion, disorientation forgetfulness or memory loss--it can be devastating. Many meds can trigger cognitive dysfunction.

gray-haired older man
Aging

Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairment

Older adults who show signs of falling for scams may be at risk for mental deterioration over the next several years.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will Gum Disease Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

Researchers have found DNA from bacteria that cause gum disease in the brains of people with Alzheimer disease. Does infection lead to dementia?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

Has the pharmaceutical industry become too greedy? High drug prices for rare but deadly diseases are breaking the health care system. What can be done?

Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphic
Alzheimer’s Disease

Will Statins Protect the Brain and Lower Blood Sugar?

Researchers have been trying to prove that statins protect the brain for years. An anti-Alzheimer's effect would be great news. How good are the data?

Eran Elinav, MD, PhD
Podcasts

Show 1159: Do Cold Sores Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

In this international research update, we consider studies of probiotics and how they influence the gut microbiota; also, are cold sores linked to dementia?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

A type of retina scan known as optical coherence tomography angiography, or OCTA, can detect changes indicative of Alzheimer Disease before symptoms appear.

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Aging

FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplements for Dementia

Some companies promoting products to treat Alzheimer's disease have received warning letters from the FDA: Don't sell dietary supplements for dementia!

male doctor & female patient measuring her blood pressure
Aging

Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save Your Brain?

A new study offers hints that aggressive blood pressure control with a goal of 120 for systolic pressure may reduce the chance of mild cognitive impairment.

Male technician analyzing blood sample in medical laboratory
Alzheimer’s Disease

New Blood Test for Alzheimer Disease

Scientists hope that a blood test for Alzheimer disease that measures a protein resulting from nerve cell breakdown will permit early diagnosis.

An illustration of the brain made up of rusty gears representing Alzheimer disease
Alzheimer’s Disease

Are Leaky Blood Vessels A Culprit Behind Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is devastating. No one knows what causes dementia. New research reveals that leaky blood vessels may be a key factor. What causes this?