There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease—early-onset and late-onset. Both types have a genetic component, which leaves anyone who has relatives diagnosed with the condition wondering, “Is Alzheimer’s hereditary?” First, keep in mind that this is a very complex disease. Though your risk is higher if you have a family
We still need more research on coconut oil for memory loss, but studies show that the type of fats in coconut oil (medium chain triglycerides) help those with Alzheimer’s carry out activities of daily living for a longer time.
MGH RESEARCHERS LINK STRESS AND HIGHER RISK FOR STROKE
Elevated activity levels in the brain’s amygdala—a region associated with stress—may be an indicator of higher risk for stroke and heart attack, according to a research team lead by the co-director of MGH’s cardiac imaging program. In an effort to examine the
Two recent studies suggest egg lovers aren’t at higher risk of type 2 diabetes or coronary artery disease. In a new meta-analysis, egg consumption was largely unrelated to risk of type 2 diabetes. And in a population study, egg consumption was not associated with increased incidence of coronary artery disease
If concerns about mercury in seafood have kept you from the possible brain benefits of consuming more fish, an unusual new study has good news. Researchers did find that older adults who ate more seafood had higher brain levels of mercury—but that toxin was not associated with any signs of
Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, strictly speaking, is dementia
Lewy body dementia (also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, or DLB) affects up to 25 percent of individuals with progressive dementia in the United States, ranking second behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Yet most of us know little about this irreversible neurodegenerative disease.
Because early Lewy body dementia symptoms are difficult
This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,
If, by 2025, researchers can develop a treatment that delays symptoms by five years, nearly 6 million people could be spared from this disease by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Yet progress on a drug that might halt or reverse dementia has been slow, and so far disappointing. Between
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is turning into a true epidemic. Today, more than 5 million Americans live with the effects of this disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and the numbers are climbing. By 2050, nearly 14 million people over age 65 will have developed Alzheimer’s. The cost of caring for