1 in 9 US Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

 If you’re middle-aged and you think you’re losing your memory, you’re not alone, a new U.S. government report shows.

In fact, one in nine Americans aged 45 and older say they are experiencing thinking declines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noticing a decline in your mental abilities (“cognitive decline”) is one of the earliest signs of impending Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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New Blood Test Detects Alzheimer’s Risk

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, and drug treatments offer minimal help. Many experts believe that progress in drug research is hindered by the fact that although the disease is thought to begin long before symptoms become obvious, it can’t be diagnosed until the disease has progressed. An earlier diagnosis might provide time for an effective intervention.

German scientists have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s long before symptoms, like memory loss, appear. Continue reading

Seniors: Dance for Better Energy, Flexibility, Posture, and Happiness

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

[Personal Note: My daughter, Maria, owns a dance studio in Merrimack, NH. Please see her web site at  http://www.papermoondance.com   -Bob]

Seniors can improve their energy, flexibility, posture, and achieve a sense of achievement by dancing. Researchers at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Ballet also found dancers were happier and had a stronger sense of community and friendship.

The three-month project examined the effects ballet had on the health and well-being of older Australians.

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Saunas Reduce Dementia Risks: Study

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

A sauna bath may do more than simply help you relax. A recent study has found men who take a sauna bath four to seven times weekly may reduce their risk of dementia by a whopping 66 percent.

The 20-year study, conducted by the University of Eastern Finland, involved more than 2,000 men and revealed that the more frequently saunas were taken, the lower the risk of dementia.

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Promising New Alzheimer’s Research Suggests Dementia Can Be Reversed

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After decades of disappointing findings in new Alzheimer’s disease research, scientists have hit on what many experts believe is a promising new way to reverse the condition that could be a game changer in treating the memory-robbing disorder.

A new Cleveland Clinic study found that amyloid protein plaques that accumulate in the brain, which are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s, were eliminated when a researchers removed a naturally occurring enzyme — called BACE1 — from the brains of mice genetically engineered to have a rodent form of the disease.

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Eyes May Predict Future Memory Loss

Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

By looking deeply into your eyes, doctors might be able to predict your future risk for dementia and memory loss.

Unhealthy changes to the blood vessels of the retina could mirror changes taking place in the brain’s blood vessels, and that could contribute to a decline in mental ability, a new study suggests.

People with moderate to severe retinal damage are more likely to have bigger declines in memory and thinking over two decades than those with healthy eyes, researchers discovered.

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