The FDA recently announced increased safety warnings for those taking cholesterol lowering drugs , saying that they can cause memory loss, confusion and an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes . Diabetes increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease . The new warnings are based on results from the latest clinical trials, plus adverse effects reported by patients, physicians and the drug companies.
Many of our aging parents are on a statin drug to control cholesterol . Keeping low density cholesterol (LDL) under control is thought to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. The drugs are generally effective in lowering cholesterol.
It was first thought that the main risk for those who took statins was liver damage, so blood work was needed on a regular basis to check for liver problems. Now, that seems to be less of a worry. However, these new warnings are a big concern for people keeping an eye on a loved one at risk for dementia.
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When an adult starts to display cognitive issues, it’s easy to jump to conclusions and think, “It must be dementia!” And yes, sometimes the person is developing a type of dementia. However, that’s not always the case. In fact, memory loss can actually result from one of the most basic bodily functions – sleep (or the lack thereof).
It turns out that a new study suggests that sleep can have a major effect on the brain’s ability to function. This study involved 2,822 men who, on average, were 76 years of age. The researchers followed these participants for about three years in order to gauge their sleep and brain function.
Researchers used an actigraph device that was placed on each participant’s wrist in order to record wrist and body movements that were then used to identify sleep issues. In this particular study, the devices measured a variety of indicators, including total sleep time and sleep efficiency. This data was collected over five ni...
A new study has concluded that a type of age-related memory loss not related to Alzheimer’s disease could be reversible. A team of Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers, led by Nobel laureate Eric R. Kandel, MD, has concluded that deficiency in the hippocampus of the protein RbAp48 is likely a significant contributor to age-related memory loss. The great news is that this form of memory loss can be reversed.
For the study, Kandel’s team used postmortem human brain cells as well as mice. The conclusion of the study offers the strongest causal evidence to date that age-related memory loss and Alzheimer's disease are distinct conditions. The findings were published in the August 29, 2013 online edition of Science Translational Medicine .
The study focus was to look for direct evidence that age-related memory loss is a separate disease from Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers performed gene expression analyses of postmortem brain cells from ...
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