Brain fuel metabolism, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease

Lower brain glucose metabolism is present before the onset of clinically measurable cognitive decline in two groups of people at risk of Alzheimer’s disease–carriers of apolipoprotein E4, and in those with a maternal family history of AD. Supported by emerging evidence from in vitro and animal studies, these reports suggest that brain hypometabolism may precede […]

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Reduced Risk of Dementia in Elderly Tied to Higher Cholesterol Levels

Total cholesterol and cognition associations differ in studies at different outcome ages. Some associations of cholesterol with cognition diminish as outcome age increases. In the oldest-old, some relationships reverse from younger elderly samples. Studies seeking protection should focus on good cognition despite high risk. Some associations of high total cholesterol with dementia risk diminish as […]

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Canola Oil Linked to Worsened Memory and Learning Ability

In recent years consumption of canola oil has increased due to lower cost compared with olive oil and the perception that it shares its health benefits. However, no data are available on the effect of canola oil intake on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) pathogenesis. Herein, we investigated the effect of chronic daily consumption of canola oil […]

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Midlife Hypertension and 20-Year Cognitive Change

Hypertension is a treatable potential cause of cognitive decline and dementia, but its greatest influence on cognition may occur in middle age. The objective of the study was to evaluate the association between midlife (48-67 years of age) hypertension and the 20-year change in cognitive performance. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities cohort (1990-1992 through 2011-2013) […]

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The ketogenic diet as a potential treatment and prevention strategy for Alzheimer’s disease

The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, a chronic neurodegenerative condition, is increasing as is the need for effective treatments and preventions. The underlying pathology of Alzheimer’s is not yet fully understood, so existing research has focused on understanding the prominent features of the disease. These include amyloid plaques, which accumulate in the brains of those with […]

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Coffee, Caffeine, and Health Outcomes: An Umbrella Review

To evaluate the associations between coffee and caffeine consumption and various health outcomes, we performed an umbrella review of the evidence from meta-analyses of observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Of the 59 unique outcomes examined in the selected 112 meta-analyses of observational studies, coffee was associated with a probable decreased risk of breast, […]

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CarbLoaded: A Culture Dying to Eat

The film traces the origins of our beliefs about healthful and unhealthful food. Experts from all over the world talk about the problems as well as short and long term solutions. Among the many experts in the film are authors like Gary Taubes, Mark Sisson, and Melanie Warner. Medical doctors such as David Perlmutter M.D., […]

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Poor fitness linked to weaker brain fiber, higher dementia risk

Scientists have more evidence that exercise improves brain health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including […]

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