Posts Tagged ‘Alzheimer’s’

Ginkgo biloba does not prevent dementia, Alzheimer’s, according to new study

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The older we get, the more we start to worry about dementia. … What was I saying?  Oh, yeah, dementia, a decline in our memory, thinking, figuring things out.  Declining cognition.  Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia.

Actually, it is nothing to laugh about. The increasing elderly population makes certain it will become a big and bigger public health hazard.  Our ignorance of how to prevent or treat it, or even knowing the causes for certain, makes it fair game for people to want to try anything they’ve heard might help.

Ginkgo biloba falls into that category of hope.

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Good Fats for Life! Mediterranean diet leads to less risk of chronic disease and death.

Friday, September 19th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The better you stick to a Mediterranean diet the less likely you are to die of heart disease, have or die of cancer, and interestingly enough, develop Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.  This, according to a meta-analysis study published in the BMJ this month.

We already knew the diet could lower glucose, but the BMJ study looked at the bottom line of bottom lines–death–and found good news, as well as pleasant surprises.

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The drug Dimebon shows promise for Alzheimer’s Disease

Monday, August 11th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

A piece of rare, good news for Alzheimer patients. A recent study showed that the drug, Dimebon, significantly stabilized the decline of the major debilitation problems of Alzheimer’s, including memory, cognition (awareness, processing information), activities of daily living (grooming, hygiene, dressing and feeding oneself) and behavior. In fact, some patients actually improved. Published in the July 19, Lancet, a prestigious British medical journal, the patients were studied for 1 year, with half taking placebo (no active ingredients) and the others taking the active drug.

Then, last month at an Alzheimer’s conference, the investigators reported that they had extended the study for 6 months for those who chose to continue.

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