Archive for January, 2009 – Diabetics have a significantly greater risk of dementia, both Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia – and other dementia, reveals important new data from an ongoing study of twins. The risk of dementia is especially strong if the onset of diabetes occurs in middle age, according to the study. “Our […]

A preliminary study detects a possible connection between shorter menopause and faster progression of atherosclerosis. An evaluation of 203 women as part of the multifaceted Los Angeles Atherosclerosis Study (LAAS) found that those who transitioned more quickly through menopause were at increased risk for a higher rate of progression of “preclinical atherosclerosis” – narrowing of […]

Cholesterol-reducing statins are a very widely prescribed medication in the United States, but few patients are aware of the possible bad side effects that statins can cause. A paper co-authored by Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and director of UC San Diego’s […] – Most people know that too much sodium from foods can increase blood pressure. A new study suggests that people trying to lower their blood pressure should also boost their intake of potassium, which has the opposite effect to sodium. Researchers found that the ratio of sodium-to-potassium in subjects’ urine was a much stronger […] – Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School, the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan, have for the first time identified a relationship between Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, and cognitive impairment in a large-scale study of older people. The importance of these findings lies in the connection between cognitive function and dementia: […]

Can something as simple as apple juice reduce Alzheimer’s dementia risk? A growing body of evidence demonstrates that we can take steps to delay age-related cognitive decline, including in some cases that which accompanies Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Thomas B. Shea, […]