Aerobic exercise slows cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease

Cardiovascular exercise training may help slow the decline in brain function seen in Alzheimer's patients, a new review of past research suggests. Researchers assessed data from 19 studies conducted between 2002 and 2015 that examined the effects of exercise on cognitive ability in 1,145 people at risk of or diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Nearly 90 percent were randomized controlled trials, which are the most reliable type of study. Most participants were female (71%); the average age was 77. Just over half of the study subjects participated either in an aerobic exercise program, or an aerobic program plus a resistance training intervention. The rest of the study participants received o

What’s the Financial Cost of Breast Cancer?

No one ever wants to hear the words "you have breast cancer," but the American Cancer Society estimates more than 266,000 Americans are likely to get that news in 2018. Part of what makes breast cancer such a fear-inducing diagnosis is the fact that it affects not just your physical health, but your financial well-being, too. A recent report published by The Pink Fund, a Michigan-based national non-profit that provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients undergoing treatment, points to just how a big a financial impact having breast cancer can have. The survey found that 64 percent of people with breast cancer end up paying $5,000 or more out of pocket over the course of their tre

Researchers Halt The Development Of Alzheimer's Disease In Mice And Partially Reverse Its Effect

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute have demonstrated that gradual reduction of an enzyme that contributes to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease can halt the disease’s development in mice and reverse some its effects. Their work was reported on February 14th in the Journal of Experimental Medicine. The buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is strongly associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. The plaques are primarily composed of beta-amyloid peptides. The enzyme BACE1 (also called β-secretase) plays an important role in creating these peptides, and the researchers found that gradually reducing BACE1 over time can result in both a decline

Breast Cancer Breakthrough May Have Been Found In Connecticut

...She said she went looking for new early indicators of an increased risk and and she may have found one by doing complex genetic aging tests on tissue samples from cancer patients and healthy women. When she charted out the comparison, the results were clear. “We were able to determine that the tissue marker in the women with breast cancer was older, if you will, it was aging prematurely, compared to women without breast cancer,” Hofstatter said. If the trend continues in expanded studies, then they’ll look for a way to quickly test for prematurely aging breast tissue. Hofstatter said she wants to make cancer screening more like how the risk of heart disease is tracked. To read the full ar

How Close Are We To A Cure For Alzheimer's?

AD is a neurodegenerative disease and is the leading cause of dementia—a syndrome or a condition that manifests as a group of symptoms that affect cognitive and behavioral skills due to death of neurons, arising from a multitude of largely unknown causes (with the exception of genetic abnormalities). There aren’t any medications available today that either slow or stop neuronal damage, the drugs available in the market are involved in only marginally improving symptoms and are highly patient dependent. With a total number of affected individuals predicted to increase to 13 million in the US and over 100 million worldwide by 2050, and skyrocketing costs for dementia care (currently at $259 bi

Breast Cancer Treatments Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Some treatments for breast cancer can harm your heart. And heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States. In fact, breast cancer survivors, particularly women over age 65, are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer, according to an American Heart Association Scientific Statement. The statement was chaired by Dr. Laxmi Mehta, director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program and an associate professor of medicine at The Ohio State University. To read the full article, click HERE Written by Ann Pietrangelo for (Photo Credit:

A blood test could predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A new blood test might reveal whether someone is at risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. The test measures blood plasma levels of a sticky protein called amyloid-beta. This protein can start building up in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients decades before there’s any outward signs of the disease. Typically, it takes a brain scan or spinal tap to discover these A-beta clumps, or plaques, in the brain. But evidence is growing that A-beta levels in the blood can be used to predict whether or not a person has these brain plaques, researchers report online January 31 in Nature. These new results mirror those of a smaller 2017 study by a different team of scientists. “It’s a fantastic confirmation

Doctors Warn of Heart Risk From Some Breast Cancer Therapies

Save your life but harm your heart? Health experts are sounding a warning as potential side effects of a growing number of breast cancer treatments come to light. In its first statement on the topic, the American Heart Association on Thursday said women should consider carefully the risks and benefits of any therapies that may hurt hearts. Not all treatments carry these risks, and there may be ways to minimize or avoid some. "We want patients to get the best treatment for their breast cancer," said Dr. Laxmi Mehta, a women's heart health expert at Ohio State University who led the panel that wrote the statement. "Everyone should have a conversation with their doctor about what are the side e

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