AARP: A majority of Americans believe dietary supplements improve brain health, despite the lack of evidence
_____ New Report Discourages Adults From Using Brain Health Supplements (Prevention): “This morning, the Global Counsel on Brain Health released a report concluding that dietary supplements do not improve brain health or prevent cognitive decline, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease. The report, released by the AARP, flatly recommends that most consumers do not take supplements for this purpose. “The GCBH reviewed the scientific evidence on various supplements and determined it could not endorse any ingredient, production, or formulation designed for brain health,” the AARP said in a press release. This year alone, the FDA sent warning labels to multiple supplement companies specifically claiming to treat Alzheimer’s disease, according to the GCBH report. All of the claims below were cited by the GCBH as misleading: A dietary supplement that has been clinically shown to help with mild memory problems associated with aging Clinically shown to be safe and support memory and brain function Clinically proven natural ingredients Supports neurotransmitter development to promote a feeling of mental sharpness Helps your brain maintain healthy neurons to support learning and recall 13 scientifically proven nutrients for a healthier brain Keeps your mind sharp and memory strong with an ingredient that’s clinically shown to improve memory and recall in healthy adults. It’s powered by the #1 most clinically studied ingredient for memory among leadi...
DISCUSSION: In the future, managers and employees in acute care hospitals will be able to find a wide range of suggestions in comprehensive guidelines from the iso-Institute on the modular implementation of dementia-sensitive hospitals, which is backed up by tried and tested and effective aids to action, instruments, process descriptions, etc. The guidelines will also be available in the form of a comprehensive list of recommendations. PMID: 31628614 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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ConclusionThis study highlights the importance of incorporating an assessment of auditory acuity as part of memory assessment and post-diagnostic care-pathway for people with mild cognitive complaints given the established impact hearing loss has on the future risk for cognitive decline. Hearing loss is frequently unidentified and is a clear modifiable risk factor to promote brain health.
ConclusionHuman contact and a meaningful relationship are superior in preventing loneliness. Individual feelings of loneliness or lack thereof are not directly correlated to the coping mechanisms most commonly employed by individuals with dementia. Further exploration is need to understand how people with dementia, who live at home, perceive or experience loneliness.
A recent study concludes that wearing hearing aids is associated with later onset of dementia and a reduced risk of anxiety, depression, and falls.
Manufacturers are stepping up efforts to integrate hearing assistive technology with smart phones and Bluetooth technology, according to a recent article from NextAvenue—a PBS media outlet for older adults. The article describes apps that work directly with hearing aids from Audibel, NuEar, Oticon, Phonak, Starkey, and others. The apps allow users to stream sound directly to their hearing aids, translate calls into text, and sync with smart home systems. Others automatically turn off the lights when you turn off your hearing aid at night, alert you when someone rings the doorbell, or use your phone as a microphone to...
R, Kramer M Abstract The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) envelope, via a key extracellular amino acid sequence, may simulate the functionality of native undecapeptide substance P (SP) acting through the host's neurokinin 1 (SP preferring) receptor (NK-1R). Human monocytes and macrophages express both NK-1Rs and SP. In HIV/AIDS the NK-1R may function as a chemokine-like G-protein coupled co-receptor that: 1) fuses to the outer envelope of HIV; 2) enables intracellular entry of the envelope-capsid-NK-1R complex; 3) co-opts immune defence via its physiological interaction with the SP-like envelope; 4) may con...
Conclusion: Subjective hearing loss was not found to be associated with significantly different dementia neuropathology, which counters hypotheses on hearing loss causing permanent neurodegeneration and cognitive decline. Hearing aid users were found to have a lower prevalence of dementia for similar levels of neurodegeneration, suggesting a potential neuroprotective effect of hearing aids.