Alzheimer's in Latinos expected to increase by more than 800%

In Illinois, 220,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which gradually, irreversibly degrades cognitive functions, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2025, an estimated 40,000 others are expected to develop the condition, a more than 18 percent increase in this state alone. And though diagnoses of Alzheimer’s are expected to increase as the senior population continues to grow nationally, Latinos like Salvador Campos are 50 percent more likely to develop the disease than their white counterparts, researchers from the University of Southern California say. Between 2012 and 2060, the number of Latinos in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease is projected to incre

This Kind of Diet May Lower the Risk of Dying from Breast Cancer

We are what we eat, the old cliché goes, and there’s plenty of evidence to support it: eating healthy foods really can lead to a healthier life. But can food actually lower your risk of dying from a disease like cancer? In a new study published in JAMA Oncology, researchers find some intriguing evidence that diet may indeed lower the risk of dying from cancer. Dr. Rowan Chlebowski, research professor at the City of Hope National Medical Center, and his colleagues analyzed data from more than 48,000 women enrolled in the ongoing Women’s Health Initiative, a large national study at 40 centers across the U.S. All of the women were cancer-free at the start of the study, and nearly 20,000 were ra

A personalized approach to preventing Alzheimer’s disease

While there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, ongoing research has suggested there may be ways to lower your risk. "Much of the existing science supports how certain behavioral changes made in middle age can protect people as they grow older," says Dr. Kirk Daffner, director for the Center for Brain/Mind Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "However, there is evidence that adopting certain healthy lifestyle habits can benefit older adults too." Some of these habits you may have followed for a while, so you should make every effort to keep them up. The rest are in your control to add, and they can help improve other aspects of your health beyond Alzheimer's protection

Study: Shorter drug treatment OK for many breast cancer patients

Many women with a common and aggressive form of breast cancer that is treated with Herceptin can get by with six months of the drug instead of the usual 12, greatly reducing the risk of heart damage it sometimes can cause, a study suggests. It's good news, but it comes nearly two decades after the drug first went on the market and many patients have suffered that side effect. The study was done in the United Kingdom and funded by UK government grants. Results were released Wednesday by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and will be presented at the group's meeting next month. Herceptin transformed care of a dreaded disease when it was approved in 1998 for women with advanced breast ca

New Discovery Could Be Game-Changer For Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s is a devastating disease for both its victims and their families. But, could a discovery made in California be a game-changer? Researchers at an independent lab in San Francisco are taking a different approach to attacking it. “Of course, this is very encouraging,” said Dr. Yadong Huang. He and his team are looking at a gene that puts you more at risk for Alzheimer’s. It’s called ApoE4. “Anyone who carries one copy can increase three- to four-fold the risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Huang. If you inherit two copies of the gene, your risk of developing of it jumps to 15-fold. While not everyone with the gene ends up getting the disease, six out of 10 Alzheimer’s pat

Could a Pill Help Detect Breast Cancer?

Women eventually face the yearly ritual of the mammogram, usually suggested from age 50 onwards. It’s not painful, though notoriously uncomfortable, as two plates flatten the breasts, pancake-like, to get the best possible picture. The radiologist then looks at x-ray images for opaque spots that can indicate tumors. Mammography has been used since the late 1960s and is considered the gold standard for breast cancer detection. But it’s far from perfect. The method misses about 1 in 5 cancers, and about half of women screened annually for 10 years will have a false positive result, often resulting in anxiety and unnecessary biopsies. Mammograms are also unable to distinguish slow-growing cance

How cholesterol in the brain may accelerate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease

A landmark study has revealed that cholesterol in the brain may play a fundamental role in catalyzing the formation of amyloid beta clusters, thought to be a central mechanism leading to the devastating degenerative symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. An international team of researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, set out to uncover what causes amyloid beta proteins to cluster into the plaques that slowly accumulate and cause the primary degenerative symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. "The levels of amyloid-beta normally found in the brain are about a thousand times lower than we require to observe it aggregating in the laboratory – so what happens in the brain to make it aggregate?" as

Screening Mammography Lowers Breast Cancer Patients' Needs For Aggressive Treatment, Study Finds

“This study shows that women who don’t get screened have later-stage disease and require more aggressive treatment,” Port told me in a phone interview this week. Overall, the researchers found that women with breast cancer who hadn’t been screened in the 2 years before their diagnosis had larger tumors and more lymph node involvement. After diagnosis, breast cancer patients who didn’t get screened were more likely to undergo mastectomy, to have dissection of lymph nodes in the armpit during surgery, and to receive chemotherapy. “Controversy persists,” Port said at a press meeting in Orlando. “In 2018, mammography is underutilized,” she said. “The guidelines keep changing for women ages 40 to

Alzheimer's: 'Music may make symptoms more manageable'

In Alzheimer's, the brain becomes progressively damaged, leading to severe memory loss and impairment of many other brain functions. These can include day-to-day decision-making, self-care, and the use of language. Data provided by the Alzheimer's Association indicate that 5.7 million people in the United States live with this condition. This number is expected to increase to 14 million diagnosed cases by 2050. To read the full article, click HERE

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