Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease

Diet and Alzheimer’s Disease—Meal Planning Tips For Family Members and Caregivers If you are helping care for a family member or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, then chances are you are going to want to do whatever you can in order to make sure this individual is as healthy as possible while they deal with this difficult condition. While there are a number of ways that caregivers can help their loved ones with Alzheimer’s, one of the best things that you can do for an individual with Alzheimer’s is make sure they are eating a healthy diet. Meal preparation is often a big part of Alzheimer’s caregiving, and now new information is available on what types of healthy foods can actually benef

Smoking Can Increase Risk Of Breast Cancer By Over A Third

Smoking is known to increase the risk of 14 different types of cancer and is responsible for 30% of cancer deaths according to the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer looks set to become the 15th type to be added to the list after a major study published this week in Breast Cancer Research showed that smoking increases a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer by up to 35%. The Generations Study collected data from the women for an average of 7 years by sending them questionnaires about their smoking history, alcohol intake and other lifestyle choices to find out more about the causes of breast cancer. The study conducted by researchers from the Institute for Cancer Research in London, U

Alzheimer's disease and the holidays

The holidays can be an especially challenging time for families impacted by Alzheimer's disease, but advocates and Arizona leaders said there are ways for people to cope. James Fitzpatrick, a program and advocacy director for the Alzheimer's Association, said the holidays can be a difficult time for patients suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, as well as their families. He advised those impacted to keep building on traditions that include any family member with Alzheimer's and involve them in holiday activities. "Life does not end when dementia is in place," Fitzpatrick said during a press conference Monday, noting that he lost a grandparent who suffered from dementia. To

Two breast cancer drugs get NHS approval

Two breast cancer drugs have been recommended for use by the NHS in England. In draft guidance, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved palbociclib (Ibrance) and ribociclib (Kisqali) for patients with advanced breast cancer. The drugs are thought to slow the growth of the disease and delay the need for other treatments. Cancer Research UK – who funded the Nobel Prize-winning researchers whose work underpinned the drugs' development – welcomed the announcement. Rose Gray, senior policy advisor at the charity, said: "These decisions have taken some time, but we're pleased that the Government and NICE are taking steps to streamline the process so that patients

Bill Gates Just Made a Massive Investment in Alzheimer's Disease Research

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation, announced that he is investing $100 million toward Alzheimer’s disease research. Half of that will go to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a venture capital effort that includes philanthropic, government and pharmaceutical partners. Gates says that he is hoping to fund innovative ideas for treatments that aren’t currently being tested by the pharmaceutical industry. “From a societal point of view, we need huge risk-taking on this one,” he tells TIME. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Alice Park for (Jamie McCarthy—Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

Risk for breast cancer's return can linger for decades

Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows. Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions. Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, which means the hormone helps fuel the cancer's growth. Standard treatment includes hormonal therapy -- with drugs that block estrogen's effects -- to help prevent a return of the cancer. All of the women in the study, nearly 63,000, were scheduled to receive the typical five years of hormonal therapy. Researchers found that while the women remained cancer-free for those five years, the ri

Here's What We Think Alzheimer's Does to the Brain

Around 50 million people worldwide are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. And with rapidly ageing populations in many countries, the number of sufferers is steadily rising. We know that Alzheimer’s is caused by problems in the brain. Cells begin to lose their functions and eventually die, leading to memory loss, a decline in thinking abilities and even major personality changes. Specific regions of the brain also shrink, a process known as atrophy, causing a significant loss of brain volume. But what’s actually happening in the brain to cause this? The main way the disease works is to disrupt communication between neurons, the specialised cells that process and transmit electrical and chem

Bogus breast cancer tests are putting women’s lives in danger

The best way to screen for breast cancer is a mammogram, but some companies have been trying to convince American women otherwise. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about advertisements for thermograms falsely claiming the technology could be as good or better than mammograms. In 1982, the FDA approved thermograms for breast-cancer screening—but only in conjunction with regular mammograms. Although thermography is not harmful in and of itself, there’s no scientific evidence that actually can detect breast cancer on its own. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Katherine Ellen Foley for (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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