The Week That Wasn't: Cell Phone Injuries, Hypertension Mouthwash, Reversing Dementia The Week That Wasn't: Cell Phone Injuries, Hypertension Mouthwash, Reversing Dementia

Three medical stories that we didn't cover, explained.Medscape
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Photo credit Tyler Jacobs Dear Carol: My husband and I are both 76 and have been healthy, though he’s had problems with high blood pressure. Lately, he’s begun to shuffle his feet as he walks. I try to remind him to pick up his feet because, well, it’s irritating, and it seems like an “old people” thing to do. I realize that we are old people, but we’ve kept up with things through our kids and grandkids and we both socialize and volunteer, so we’re considered young for our ages. This shuffling worries me because it seems to be a sign of worse to come. Am I over-reacting? Is this so...
Source: Minding Our Elders - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: blogs
ConclusionBerberine could impede the development of dementia via multiple mechanisms: preventing brain damages and enhancing cognition directly in the brain, and indirectly through alleviating risk factors such as metabolic dysfunction, and cardiovascular, kidney and liver diseases. This study provided evidence to support the value of berberine in the prevention of dementia associated with MetS.
Source: Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
The worldwide epidemic of atrial fibrillation (AF) has revealed that AF affects both elderly and younger population, and AF has significant impact on mortality and morbidities. To confound further, other conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart failure (HF) often co-exist with AF. Thus, AF poses many perplexing clinical challenges. There is no consensus regarding optimal treatment, for example, rhythm versus rate control, drugs versus non-pharmacological options, and the impact of therapies on the risks of future events.
Source: International Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
ConclusionsResults revealed expert consensus and literature review agreement on a number of common modifiable risk factors for T2DM and dementia, as well as agreement on brain-related complications of diabetes. A number of other proposed shared risk factors did not reach consensus agreement suggesting a need for more high-quality studies to add to the evidence base.
Source: Canadian Journal of Diabetes - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
In this study, we investigated the link between AF and senescence markers through the assessment of protein expression in the tissue lysates of human appendages from patients in AF, including paroxysmal (PAF) or permanent AF (PmAF), and in sinus rhythm (SR). The major findings of the study indicated that the progression of AF is strongly related to the human atrial senescence burden as determined by p53 and p16 expression. The stepwise increase of senescence (p53, p16), prothrombotic (TF), and proremodeling (MMP-9) markers observed in the right atrial appendages of patients in SR, PAF, and PmAF points toward multiple inter...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Title: AHA News: Worried About Dementia? Check This Blood Pressure NumberCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/8/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
Source: MedicineNet High Blood Pressure General - Category: Cardiology Source Type: news
Conclusion A great deal of progress is being made in the matter of treating aging: in advocacy, in funding, in the research and development. It can never be enough, and it can never be fast enough, given the enormous cost in suffering and lost lives. The longevity industry is really only just getting started in the grand scheme of things: it looks vast to those of us who followed the slow, halting progress in aging research that was the state of things a decade or two ago. But it is still tiny compared to the rest of the medical industry, and it remains the case that there is a great deal of work yet to be done at all...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
(Natural News) Red wine contains resveratrol, a natural chemical that lowers blood pressure. Researchers from the U.K. reported that the compound might serve as a new treatment for hypertension. Resveratrol appears in the skin of a grape. It possesses many properties that benefit human health. Proponents say the molecule may improve cancer, cardiovascular disease, dementia,...
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CONCLUSIONS: Middle-aged people with obesity, diabetes, hypertension, or hypercholesterolemia, and current smokers in midlife are at higher risk of developing dementia later in life. PMID: 31902364 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Current Alzheimer Research - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Curr Alzheimer Res Source Type: research
The connection between raised blood pressure and dementia is well established. Controlling hypertension via the usual combination of lifestyle choice and medications slows cognitive decline, and any number of epidemiological studies show that dementia patients are more likely to have a history of hypertension. The data noted in this review is interesting for making the point that the pressure damage to the brain and its vasculature that results from high blood pressure occurs over the course of late life, and thus reducing blood pressure has little to no effect on patients already exhibiting dementia. This is one of many a...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
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