Aluminium and Autism

Autistic children have up to 10 times more aluminum in their brains than healthy adults

Does human exposure to aluminium have a role to play in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? Research at Keele University published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology provides the strongest indication yet that aluminium is an aetiological agent in ASD. Continue reading

Sugar found to cause plaque in the brain, raising chances of Alzheimer’s

A spoonful of sugar makes the …

If you’re craving something sweet, grab an apple instead of a bar of chocolate. A group of scientists has recently discovered a link between high glucose levels in the brain and symptoms of memory loss, which could lead to Alzheimer’s.

The brain breaks down glucose, or sugar in its most basic form, and it is used to provide energy to make the brain function. However, individuals with brains that had a hard time breaking down glucose showed more signs of brain plaques and tangles, which are indicators of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading

Rate of Alzheimer’s disease will more than DOUBLE in America by 2060

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease in America is expected to double by 2060 to 15 million, a new study revealed. That is up from this year’s rate of 6.08 million Americans that have the debilitating brain disease.

This study – the first of its kind – estimated that 47 million Americans have early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment. Continue reading

A Recipe for Alzheimer’s Disease

What causes Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)? I recently read an article written by Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I know from my years at Harvard that MIT does not employ dummies. So it’s worthwhile reading her “Recipe for Developing AD.” Continue reading

Your Memory Is An Amazing Thing

Here’s How Your Memory Works

Memory is an astonishingly powerful thing. It allows you instantly call to mind events, emotions, songs, smells, first loves, first dates, and a thousand other things. In some senses, it is a mysterious thing. How can our brains call such powerful and vivid images to mind years after the fact?

While memory isn’t a physical object that can be studied like a plant or species of animal, we can analyze the cycle of remembering. Continue reading

Quackery: A Brief History Of The Worst Ways To Cure Everything

From doctors giving women orgasms to cure their ‘hysteria’ to cocaine to sooth toothache and tobacco enemas to revive drowning victims…

It was not unusual for Victorian women to be given orgasms by their doctors – in a bid to cure them of their ‘hysteria’, a common problem said to affect three in four.

Cocaine was also once used to soothe tooth pain – and was famously an ingredient in Coca Cola – while tobacco enemas were a form of first aid given to revive drowning victims in the 18th century. Continue reading

Glen Campbell… Himself ’til the End!

August 9, 2017: Late yesterday we heard of the death of musician, singer and performer, Glen Campbell. Of course I was well aware of his music and career – the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly. I did not go out of my way to listen to him often, yet many years ago I had a LIVE multi-hour concert which he had performed at the Royal Albert Hall in England – and yes – I did enjoy it.

Over the past few years we would hear little updates regarding the progress of his Alzheimers Disease, but what I was not aware of until this very day – is that his final tour was an amazing family journey – as well as a life lesson to all those who have either suffered, or have witnessed the suffering and ultimate death of friends or loved ones. Continue reading

Green-tea catechins found to protect the brain from cognitive decline

An active ingredient in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) was found to inhibit memory impairment, brain insulin resistance, and obesity, a new study concluded. According to a study that was published online in The FASEB Journal, EGCG, the most abundant catechin and bioactive component in green tea, can contribute to addressing neuroinflammation issues and brain insulin resistance that is triggered by a high-fat, high-fructose diet (HFFD). Continue reading

Hearing loss, diminished verbal fluency and hospitalizations can signal cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have identified hearing loss, verbal fluency and hospitalization as new factors that can provide clues about cognitive health and aid in early detection of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Spotting signs of cognitive decline is especially important, experts say, because drug treatments and prevention strategies are most effective at the earliest stages of dementia. Continue reading

Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Scientists discover two genes that cause the disease – and how to target them

A groundbreaking study has found two new genes which could be linked to Alzheimer’s.

Until now, these genes were seen as protectors, since they are part of the brain’s immune system.

However, scientists at Cardiff University have demonstrated that they can also create fertile ground for the neurodegenerative disease. Continue reading

Orange a day cuts the risk of dementia by a quarter

How tangy fruits could be a powerful weapon against condition

Eating an orange a day could slash the risk of dementia, a major study shows.

Daily intake of any citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes can cut the chances of developing the incurable brain condition by almost a quarter, it suggests.

The findings, by a team of scientists at Tohoku University in Japan, suggest that tangy fruits could be a powerful weapon against a disease that is emerging as a modern day epidemic. Continue reading

Extra-virgin olive oil prevents dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris

The oil is a key ingredient of the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower dementia risk.

Now scientists have discovered that olive oil reduces the risk of dementia by prompting the brain to clear out harmful debris.

Regularly eating olive oil can protect your memory and your ability to learn new things as you age, according to the new study.

The discovery has been hailed as an ‘exciting’ breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading

Adults with ADHD are more than THREE TIMES as likely to develop dementia

Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than three times as likely to develop dementia as their peers, new research reveals.

Researchers studying 600 adults with ADHD over a 10-year period found they are 3.4 times more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those without the behavioural disorder.

The scientists said it is unclear why people with ADHD appear to be more prone to dementia. Continue reading