The strongest evidence to date that poor dental hygiene is linked to brain degeneration has emerged from a recent study at the University of Florida Dental College. While cardiologists have long known that the bacteria that causes gingivitis (gum disease) may enter the blood stream adding to heart issues, there had been fewer studies... Read more
Researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have reported that they have isolated a protein called irisin that is produced in the brain during endurance exercise. The scientists introduced the protein to sedentary mice who were then tested for changes in how their brains functioned. What they found is that the protein... Read more
A revealing and stunning immersion documentary in the PBS series Independent Lens focuses on the ER waiting room at Oakland California’s Highland Hospital. This safety-net health care facility is the only place available for the uninsured people who pour through the doors and wait hours, sometimes days to be seen, only to be bumped by an... Read more
Dementia is not a single disease. It’s a non-specific syndrome that affects cognitive areas of the brain that control memory, language, attention and problem solving. To be considered dementia, the problems must be severe enough to affect daily living. Because Alzheimer’s is responsible for 50 to 60 percent of dementia cases,... Read more
Once again, diabetes and Alzheimer’s are sharing headlines. A study conducted by researchers from Lancaster University in the U.K. has shown that a commonly used diabetes drug, liraglutide, may reverse memory loss in the late stages of Alzheimer's.
The drug, from a class known as GLP-1 (Glucagon-like peptide-1) analogue, is... Read more