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More info, better lifestyle? I’m not so sure

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According to a report from the UK discussed on the medicalexpress.com web site,  a large majority of middle-aged people surveyed in parts of the UK claim they would start to live a healthier lifestyle in order to diminish their risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia later in life. Apparently 75 % of […]

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Wine for brain health? Maybe

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The alcohol wars are akin to a game of ping pong – a soon as some experts publish a piece of evidence that moderate regular intake of alcohol, especially wine, may be good for you, you can be sure that within days, perhaps within hours or even minutes, some other experts will aver that no, […]

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Watch Out: Finally, some good news about PPIs

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Over the last few years, there’s been a torrent of potentially bad news about using PPIs for reflux treatment, especially for long-term-use. One of the scariest was a report in JAMA that using PPIs may be linked to a higher risk of dementia. So it brings me great pleasure (and as a long-term user of […]

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Preventing dementia: early days

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A great deal of the buzz at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference which just wrapped up in London, England, has been about preventing dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of dementia. And that’s a good thing because given how meager the returns have been so far from treating dementia, it’s time […]

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Not quite yet

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You should never just read just a headline and a few paragraphs in a medical story and rush out and change what you do based on what you think your learned in that story. This was the actual headline for a recent story in Newsweek: ALZHEIMER’S: HOW EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL PREVENTS BRAIN PLAQUES AND PRESERVES […]

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Exercise to preserve cognitive functions? Maybe

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According to a recent report from the (US) National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, there is really no good proof that we know of anything you can do to lower your risk of cognitive decline with age. That’s the depressingly bad news. The more optimistic slant is that there are good hints that exercise, controlling […]