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 29 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…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 17 Comments
    No Good Evidence on Preventing Dementia

    The prospect of dementia is just as frightening to many people as the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. With the population aging, increasing numbers of Americans will suffer from Alzheimer disease. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Help Yourself to Leafy Greens for Better Brain P…

    New analyses appear to show that nothing works to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, one promising study found that a daily serving of leafy greens might help (Morris et al, Neurology, online Dec. 20, 20…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 10 Comments
    What Will Doctors Do When Baby Boomers Retire?

    Will you ever be able to afford to retire? According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers turned 65 today. Roughly the same number will turn 65 tomorrow and the day after that. In fact, it …

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Sleeping Pill with Diphenhydramine Lead to …

    Do you ever forget the names of people you should remember? What about dates like birthdays or anniversaries? How about pass codes? Is it just a benign "senior moment," or something more insidious? Me…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 9 Comments
    Get Magnesium Just Right to Prevent Dementia

    Most people would like to find a way to prevent dementia, but the picture is complex. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and sleep have all been suggested as possible paths to keeping our brains…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Dream Away Dementia?

    Any link between a dream and dementia sounds far-fetched, to be sure. Nonetheless, one possible interpretation of findings from a recent study is that people who dream more are less prone to dementia.…

    By: Joe Graedon September 3, 2017 21 Comments
    What’s In Your Armpit: Aluminum or Magnesi…

    When's the last time you looked at the ingredients in your antiperspirant? Most people never read labels. Be honest, now. Have you ever checked your antiperspirant label? We'll bet you a month's salar…

    By: Terry Graedon September 1, 2017 13 Comments
    What Makes Turmeric So Wonderful?

    A few years ago most Americans had never heard of turmeric. If they had, they thought of it as an exotic ingredient in curries and other Indian dishes. Now, turmeric and curcumin, one of its active in…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Highly Variable Blood Pressure a Red Flag?

    Blood pressure does not remain constant. It changes throughout the day depending upon stress, physical activity and many other factors. But could highly variable blood pressure signal a problem? What …

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 16 Comments
    Is Your Confusion Due to a Vitamin Deficiency?

    As we grow older, our mental lapses bother us more and more. Could losing the car keys be the first sign of Alzheimer's disease? Is forgetting the PIN for the ATM an early warning flag for dementia? O…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Your Diet Help You Avoid Dementia?

    Most people think of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish as being good for the heart. The Mediterranean diet is in the news again because of its benefits for the brain. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Nordic Diet vs. Dementia

    The Mediterranean diet gets all the headlines. It is supposed to be good for your heart, your brain and just about everything else that ails you. Ask almost any health professional about the healthies…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Protect Your Brain?

    Extra-virgin olive oil might help protect your brain against Alzheimer disease. Epidemiologists have noted that people who follow a Mediterranean diet are less prone to cognitive decline. In one study…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 10 Comments
    Why You Should Care About Rising Deaths from Alz…

    Americans have been getting mixed messages about Alzheimer's disease. Two years ago, headlines proclaimed an: "optimistic trend of declining population dementia risk in high-income countries over the …

    By: Joe Graedon May 4, 2017 157 Comments
    Where Can I Find A List of Anticholinergic Drugs…

    Anything that interferes with the crucial neurotransmitter acetylcholine can be bad for the brain. A great many medications have what has been called "anticholinergic" activity. Research has verified …

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 0 Comments
    To Think Better, Get Your Exercise!

    We are often asked about the best way to prevent dementia. Our answer disappoints some people and pleases others: Exercise appears to benefit the brain. Research published this week provides data that…