Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder – what is it and how can it be treated?

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder – what is it and how can it be treated? Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease – what is it and how can it be treated?

Alzheimer’s Disease – what is it and how can it be treated? Continue reading

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Dr. Preter Bio now on video

Dr. Preter Bio now on video

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Dementia and Alzheimers’ Disease – How Can It Be Treated?

Dementia and Alzheimers’ Disease – How Can It Be Treated?

The Latin word “De-mentia”, literally means, the removal of a person from their own mind. It stands for a significant decrease in brain function, including memory, goal-directed thinking, orientation in space and time, and language ability.

Most dementias are progressive. They cannot be cured and will gradually cause more severe problems for the patient, and for the patient’s caretakers. As the population ages, Alzheimer’s disease is on its way to becoming the third most common fatal disease.

Prescription medications on the market starting in the 1990s to treat dementia have been a disappointment to patients and doctors alike.

The frustration caused by this situation prompted me to make the development of an anti-dementia treatment protocol a major focus of my clinical work.

As always, we start with a thorough neuropsychiatric assessment, looking for potentially reversible causes of cognitive decline such as a thyroid condition, vitamin deficiency, a sleep disorder, elevated blood sugar and diabetes. Importantly, untreated depression and chronic high stress and anxiety levels are associated with a higher risk for dementia. Most of the time, psychotherapy is a far better alternative to the all-too-common multiple prescription drugs.

The protocol uses a number of carefully evaluated novel interventions and components based on sound neuroscientific principles, sourced from both functional medicine and traditional medical systems, such as Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine.

The protocol stabilizes many of my patients, and improves their functioning and quality of life. It has shown promising results not only for dementia, but also for traumatic brain injury. Continue reading

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Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia

Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia This type of air pollution is now emerging as a major risk factor. Possibly related to brain deposits of magnetite microspheres? People who live close to high-traffic roadways face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live further away, new research from Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) has found. Led by PHO and ICES scientists, the study found that people who lived within 50 metres of high-traffic roads … Continue reading

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Relationships Between Caffeine Intake and Risk for Probable Dementia or Global Cognitive Impairment: The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study

Relationships Between Caffeine Intake and Risk for Probable Dementia or Global Cognitive Impairment: The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study   Ira Driscoll1, Sally A. Shumaker2, Beverly M. Snively3, Karen L. Margolis4, JoAnn E. Manson5, Mara Z. Vitolins6, Rebecca C. Rossom4 and Mark A. Espeland3 +Author Affiliations 1 Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. 2 Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy and 3 Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 4 Health Partners Institute for Education and Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 5 Department of Medicine, … Continue reading

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Update on the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease – from the International Conference of Parkinson Disease & Movement Disorders/MDS Developing World Education Program (DWEP). Shanghai First People’s Hospital, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, PRC. September 30, 2016

Update on the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease – from the International Conference of Parkinson Disease & Movement Disorders/MDS Developing World Education Program (DWEP). Shanghai First People’s Hospital, Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, PRC. September 30, 2016 Continue reading

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Brain atrophy is already evident in patients with pre diabetes – The Maastricht Study

Key clinical point: People with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes have more white matter hyperintensities and lower white matter volume than do those with healthy glucose metabolism.

Major finding: Healthy subjects carried about 0.75 mL of white matter hyperintensities, while prediabetic subjects carried about 1.25 mL, and those with diabetes, about 2.0 mL.

Data source: The subset of the Maastricht Study comprised 2,251 subjects.

Disclosures: Dr. van Agtmaal had no financial disclosures. Continue reading

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Multimodal randomized Functional MR imaging of the effects of Methylene Blue in the human Brain

Multimodal randomized Functional MR imaging of the effects of Methylene Blue in the human Brain A new treatment for short-term memory loss? Or radiological gadgetry? Purpose To investigate the sustained-attention and memory-enhancing neural correlates of the oral administration of methylene blue in the healthy human brain. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this prospective, HIPAA-compliant, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial, and all patients provided informed consent. Twenty-six subjects (age range, 22–62 years) were enrolled. Functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging was performed with a … Continue reading

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Arthritis and suicide attempts: findings from a large nationally representative Canadian survey

Arthritis and suicide attempts: findings from a large nationally representative Canadian survey The objectives of this study were (1) to determine the odds of suicide attempts among those with arthritis compared with those without and to see what factors attenuate this association and (2) to identify which factors are associated with suicide attempts among adults with arthritis. Secondary data analysis of the nationally representative 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey-Mental Health (CCHS-MH) was performed. For objective 1, those with and without arthritis were included (n = 21,744). For … Continue reading

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Just Published: Panic Disorder: Neurobiological and Treatment Aspects 1st ed. 2016 Edition

I am very pleased that this interesting collaborative project has come to fruition. Great introductory chapter by Nardi and Freire, numerous excellent contributions, and a recap of our panic theory and data showing that early childhood loss causes permanent changes in the endogenous opioid system of asymptomatic, clinically healthy adults. Continue reading

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Periodontitis and Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

Periodontitis and Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease Continue reading

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