Alzheimer’s Update: Coffee

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Can Coffee Help: Alzheimer’s Disease

I came across this piece of health news that may help toward the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mike Swain Science editor for the Daily Mirror penned a news item that suggests that caffeine may help in the battle to reduce the deaths of so many individuals suffering from this debilitating illness.

A four-year study on 124 men and women aged between 65 and 88 found that those individuals showing early signs of dementia had 51 percent less caffeine in their system. Whereas volunteers who remained free of the early stages of dementia had twice as much caffeine circulating in their systems.

Scientist from the University of South Florida believe that the caffeine triggers a chemical reaction in the brain that prevents or delays the damage done by Alzheimer’s.

In a report on their findings the researchers said:

“Coffee would appear to be the major or perhaps only source of caffeine for such stable patients.
“This case-control study provides the first direct evidence that caffeine/coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk, or delayed onset, of dementia.”

This is another piece of excellent research for families that could be at risk of this devastating illness. However, other researches have shown that high caffeine intake may bring its own problems.

Other research carried out by Dr. Raji’s team at the University of Pittsburgh USA. reported eating fish either baked or grilled helps to preserve the Grey matter volume in brain area’s that are at risk from Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

Blood Test May Predict Heart Attack

Heart Attack Victim

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A news article penned by Mike Swain science editor for the Mirror caught my attention. It raises new hope for heart attack victims and their family.

The item published by the Scripps Translational Science Institute involved a study of 50 patients with heart emergencies. It appears researchers Led by Dr. Eric Topol based in San Diego California believe they may have discovered by monitoring the endothelial, which is the thin layer of cells that line the interior surface of blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, a way of identifying patients who would within a two week period suffer a major heart attack. However, more study is required.

At present doctors can tell if you are having a heart attack or you have suffered a heart attack. What makes this study valuable is doctors at present can not predict if someone is going to suffer one. This study will change all that by predicting within a window of time if the individual complaining of the symptoms that are associated with a heart attack will indeed suffer one.

A heart attack is usually caused when the blood supply to the heart is suddenly blocked by a clot. If left untreated the lack of blood can cause serious damage to the heart muscle, eventually, the heart muscle will die.

Here in the UK heart attacks are considered common and are one of the leading causes of death. The National Health Service NHS believe deaths from this complaint total 111,000 every year and occur mostly in middle-aged individuals, 45 years and onward. Men are two to three times more susceptible to a heart attack than women.

Fizzy Drinks Health Hazard Affect May Be Bad News

Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy drinks may link to Heart Disease

I do not know how you feel but for me the many conflicting stories I have read about how fizzy drinks contributing toward the deterioration of our cardiovascular system make my head spin. Let’s not forget whether you are young or old the damage that can be done to our teeth when drinking excessively fizzy drinks.

The latest story is how researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston have found that fizzy sugar-based drinks consumed on a daily basis increase the number of certain fats and proteins in our blood which has been linked to heart (coronary) problems.

Iced Water with Lemon

Drinks like iced water with lemon are recommended.

Dietitian Tracy Parker from the British Heart Foundation said:

“Sugary drinks (fizzy drinks) shouldn’t be a daily part of our diet. Go for healthier choices such as water, low-fat kinds of milk, or unsweetened juices, which are kinder to our waistline as well as our heart.”

The Express back in November 2011 penned an article on how drinking 2 or more fizzy drinks (with added sugar) a day increases a woman’s risk of heart disease and diabetes by at least four times the norm, and amassing high levels of Triglycerides (a type of fat found in blood) which have been linked to heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Christina Shay of the University of Oklahoma, back then when this particular story aired, said:

“Women may have a greater chance of developing cardiovascular disease risk factors from sugar-sweetened drinks because they require fewer calories than men, which makes each calorie count more towards the risk.”

The result came from a 5-year study of more than 4,000 people, age 45 to 84.

Feeling Moody? You Could Be Dehydrated

Woman Drinking Water

Did you know not drinking enough water can put you in a bad mood, as well as being dehydrated. When we feel thirsty we are in the early stages of dehydration but by then it is too late to alter our mood. Expert Harris Lieberman of the University of Connecticut in the USA said in the Journal of Nutrition that women were more at risk of the effects of mild dehydration. However, they do not know why this should be.

Signs and symptoms

It is possible to suffer headaches that may feel very similar to a hangover and a decrease in blood pressure known as hypotension (low blood pressure). Dizziness and fainting can also be experienced especially when quickly moving from a sitting position to a standing position.

If dehydration were to be left untreated it could result in confusion leading to unconsciousness, possible swelling of the tongue, and in very extreme cases it could result in the death of the individual.

Mild dehydration may include thirst, irritability, dry mouth, there may be a marked decrease on urinating, headache, and a negative impact on the mood of the sufferer. Check out the full story if you have an interest.

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Alzheimer’s Another Breakthrough

There has been another breakthrough in the fight to beat Alzheimer’s and make this debilitating disease a thing of the past.

Working with mice who had been genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer’s chemical biologist Professor David Vocadlo and his team at the Simon Fraser University in Canada, found by injecting the mice with a chemical know as Thiam et-G which helped to maintain a supply of blood glucose to brain cells that would normally be slowed down by the presence of plague hindered the progression of Alzheimer’s.

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The formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are thought to contribute to the degradation of the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and the subsequent symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you have an interest and wish to read more on this story then the link supplied will take you to the reporter that penned the story.

I have posted many times on the advancement of research into Alzheimer’s disease and my own wish would be to see all of the positive research put into a pill that would bring lasting relief to sufferers of this deadly disease.

I am very much aware that Alzheimer’s is not the only illness that devastates loved ones. I am for any research that helps to put a stop to suffering from all illnesses that bring nothing but misery and death to our loved ones, more so when that loved-one becomes you or me.