By: Joe Graedon July 11, 2019 7 Comments
    Prostate Cancer Therapy and Dementia: The Link G…

    Prostate cancer is hard enough by itself. That’s because treatment often comes with unpleasant complications. Now, add the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia linked to testosterone…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 0 Comments
    Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Defici…

    Whether they admit it or not, a lot of middle-aged and older people worry about senility. By this, they mean cognitive difficulties or even dementia, perhaps coupled with physical frailty. However, ge…

    By: Joe Graedon June 27, 2019 6 Comments
    Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Get…

    We have been writing about the dangers of anticholinergic drugs and dementia for more than a decade. There are dozens of studies and hundreds of articles referencing anticholinergic drugs and dementia…

    By: Terry Graedon June 27, 2019 0 Comments
    Can a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Brain?

    How can you protect cognitive function as you age? In countries like Spain and Greece, people who follow a traditional Mediterranean-style diet appear less likely to develop dementia. However, not eve…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 17 Comments
    Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss…

    Have you experienced trouble finding the right word? What about forgetting someone’s name you should know? How about having a hard time finding your car at the supermarket or airport? Most of the ti…

    By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 2 Comments
    Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairm…

    If you are like most Americans, you've honed your ability to smell out a scam over the past few years. But not all older people have perfected these techniques. Falling for scams may be an early sign …

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 2 Comments
    Will Gum Disease Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

    If you are trying to reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer disease, you might want to schedule an appointment with your dentist. New research suggests that gum disease should join the list of fac…

    By: Joe Graedon April 8, 2019 32 Comments
    Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

    Have you ever heard of a house of cards? We’re not referring to the TV series. We mean a structure that will eventually collapse when it can no longer sustain itself. We fear that high drug prices w…

    By: Joe Graedon April 1, 2019 29 Comments
    Will Statins Protect the Brain and Lower Blood S…

    We have written on several occasions that statins are linked to diabetes. The most recent article was this one: “Statins Cause Diabetes: The Link Just Got Stronger!” Before that we wrote: "Statins…

    By: Terry Graedon March 28, 2019 5 Comments
    Show 1159: Do Cold Sores Boost Your Risk for Dem…

    The past few months have produced some fascinating science stories from international sources. We interviewed two scientists in far-flung places to learn more about unexpected ways that microbes inter…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

    New technology allows for non-invasive imaging of the retina. Now, such a retina scan may allow eye doctors to diagnose Alzheimer disease. Why Would a Retina Scan Be Helpful? The retina is richly supp…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 19 Comments
    FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplements for Dem…

    The Food and Drug Administration has just taken action against many companies that advertise their dietary supplements for dementia. The commercials often imply that these products could be used to tr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 18 Comments
    Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save You…

    A new study suggests that aggressive blood pressure control may have modest benefits for cognitive function (The SPRINT MIND investigators, JAMA, Jan. 28, 2019). That is the conclusion from a fol…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 9 Comments
    New Blood Test for Alzheimer Disease

    Detecting Alzheimer disease is complicated. There are no simple tests. Doctors can perform cognitive function evaluations and order brain imaging, but to date definitive diagnosis relies on autopsy ex…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2019 23 Comments
    Are Leaky Blood Vessels A Culprit Behind Alzheim…

    What causes Alzheimer’s disease? That is the billion-dollar question which remains unanswered to this day. A lot of money has been spent trying to find answers to the mystery of dementia. Most exper…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2019 2 Comments
    Reduce Your Risk of Dementia with Physical Activ…

    Older people who would like to stay sharp can take one simple step: keep moving! Research from Rush University Medical Center suggests that physical activity can reduce elders' risk of dementia (Buchm…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 12 Comments
    Could Exercise Save Your Brain?

    There are a couple of health problems that everyone dreads. A diagnosis of cancer is most unwelcome. Neurological conditions run a close second, though. If a doctor diagnoses Parkinson's disease, ALS …

    By: Joe Graedon December 3, 2018 11 Comments
    Can Clonazepam Increase the Risk for Dementia?

    Millions of people take benzodiazepines every day. Such drugs are variously described as anti-anxiety agents, sedatives, hypnotics (to aid sleep) or benzos for short. At last count about five million …

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Will New MRI Help Doctors Detect Alzheimer Disea…

    Cognitive tests can help diagnose approximately 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Although scientists don’t yet have good drugs to prevent this devastating dementia, they are studying…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Prevent Alzheimer Disease with L-Lysine?

    Intriguing research suggests that the dementia we call Alzheimer's disease may be triggered by a common infection: herpes virus. Although the story is not yet complete, the brain's immune response to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 20 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Now a team of Canadian researchers reports that they have figur…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 4 Comments
    Can You Delay Alzheimer Disease with Drugs for D…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease have distinctive lesions within their brains. Individuals with diabetes also have pathological changes resembling those seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. P…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 21 Comments
    Are Your Eyes the Window to Your Brain?

    It is difficult to diagnose Alzheimer disease early in its course. In fact, a definitive diagnosis has only been available upon autopsy. But what if you had a window to your brain? Would that make ear…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Joe Graedon August 20, 2018 19 Comments
    Could an Antiviral Drug Help Control Alzheimer D…

    There is a growing recognition by neuroscientists that the brain is not a sterile organ. In other words, the brain has a microbiome just like the digestive tract. There are bacteria, fungi and viruses…

    By: Joe Graedon August 16, 2018 30 Comments
    Will Benzodiazepine Use Increase Your Risk for A…

    Americans love benzodiazepines (aka benzos). These anti-anxiety agents are used as all-purpose psych drugs. Millions of people take benzos to calm jittery nerves, ease anxiety and overcome insomnia. T…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 21 Comments
    Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer…

    With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer disease, this condition is a serious public health problem. It robs people of their memories, their ability to function independently and even t…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2018 20 Comments
    Synthetic Cannabinoid (Nabilone) vs. Antipsychot…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease frequently become distressed and agitated. Nursing homes may try to control this behavior with antipsychotic drugs such as aripiprazole (Abilify), haloperidol (Haldol…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2018 8 Comments
    Mice on Aspirin Avoid Alzheimer’s. Will Yo…

    Could humble aspirin help prevent Alzheimer disease? Research in genetically modified mice on aspirin suggests that the answer might be yes (Journal of Neuroscience, July, 2018). How Scientists Studie…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2018 25 Comments
    New Research Confirms Link | Herpes Virus Infect…

    Could Alzheimer disease be caused in part by a viral infection? Such an association seems bizarre and yet the evidence is accumulating that certain strains of herpes virus infections and Alzheimer dis…

    By: Terry Graedon June 21, 2018 3 Comments
    Will Nutrients Slow Deterioration from Alzheimer…

    Could nutritional supplements delay the deterioration from Alzheimer disease? A pilot study from Ireland suggests this might be possible (Nolan et al, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, June 2018). Ca…

    By: Joe Graedon May 24, 2018 23 Comments
    Should Desperate Patients Have the Right To Try …

    Most people empathize with the plight of desperate patients. Those who have exhausted all available treatments are willing to try almost anything. That is why Congress has passed the "right to try" bi…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 11 Comments
    How to Eat to Maintain Your Brain

    If you are an older person who wants to maintain your brain, you should be very careful about what you eat. You may feel that lifestyle changes after age 65 couldn't make much difference for your heal…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Joe Graedon March 22, 2018 25 Comments
    Incredible Beet Health Benefits for Brain and Bl…

    Red beets are known officially as Beta vulgaris rubra. Researchers generally refer to this vegetable as beetroot. Although this root vegetable is popular in Europe, it doesn't have a lot of fans in th…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Decaf Coffee Help You Keep Your Edge?

    What is your biggest fear about aging? Many people worry about loss of independence, whether they imagine that due to lack of mobility or due to cognitive decline. As a result, many baby boomers and o…

    By: Joe Graedon February 25, 2018 7 Comments
    How Dangerous Are Antipsychotic Medications for …

    Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are among the cruelest afflictions known to man. These conditions rob people of their memories, their personalities and their independence. Friends and famili…

    By: Joe Graedon February 22, 2018 18 Comments
    Will Drinking Alcohol and Coffee Extend Your Lif…

    Many people have considered a cup or two of coffee a necessary part of their morning ritual, even if a bit sinful. Ditto for a glass of wine or a cocktail at the end of the day. A new study suggests t…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 31 Comments
    Why Do Nursing Homes Dispense Risky Antipsychoti…

    The Food and Drug Administration has long warned that administering antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia is dangerous. That practice can increase the risk of premature death. Previous studies s…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 31 Comments
    Will Curcumin Improve Cognitive Ability in Senio…

    A component of curry seems to have cognitive benefits in older adults. Curcumin is a principal ingredient in turmeric, and turmeric gives curry its distinctive yellow color. A new study of 40 people b…