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Sex differences in cardiometabolic disorders

Sex differences in cardiometabolic disorders Eva Gerdts & Vera Regitz-Zagrosek Nature Medicine (2019) Abstract The prevalence of cardiometabolic disorders in both women and men has increased worldwide and is linked to a rise in obesity and obesity-associated associated clustering of other cardiometabolic risk factors such as hypertension, impaired glucose regulation and dyslipidemia. However, the predominance of common types of cardiometabolic disorders such as heart failure, atrial fibrillation and ischemic heart disease is sex specific, and our identification of these and the underlying mechanisms is only … Continue reading

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Assessment of a Personalized Approach to Predicting Postprandial Glycemic Responses to Food Among Individuals Without Diabetes

Assessment of a Personalized Approach to Predicting Postprandial Glycemic Responses to Food Among Individuals Without Diabetes Helena Mendes-Soares, PhD1,2; Tali Raveh-Sadka, PhD3; Shahar Azulay, BSc3; et alKim Edens, MSc1; Yatir Ben-Shlomo, BSc3; Yossi Cohen, MSc3; Tal Ofek, PhD3; Davidi Bachrach, BSc, MBA3; Josh Stevens, BSc3; Dorin Colibaseanu, MD2; Lihi Segal, LLB, MBA3; Purna Kashyap, MBBS1,4; Heidi Nelson, MD1,2 Author Affiliations Article Information JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(2):e188102. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.8102 Key Points Español 中文 (Chinese) Question  Does a model considering the features of individuals predict the glycemic responses to food better than models based on the calorie or carbohydrate content? Findings  In this cohort study using a personalized predictive model among 327 participants without … Continue reading

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Eastern and Western Medicine Integration – A Conversation with Jin Shin Institute’s Alexis Brink

LinkLive HAPPENING RIGHT NOW!!! Sitting down with Alexis Brink and Maurice Preter MD Psychiatry and Neurology 😊 You can find Maurice Preter, M.D. at http://psychiatryneurology.net/ and on his Facebook page (linked above). #LinkLiveJSI Posted by Jin Shin Institute on Monday, July 30, 2018 The following is a quote from Dr. Preter’s page on Clinical Approach: What exactly is integrative psychiatry/ neurology /neuropsychiatry? It is well known that effectively restoring (and/or promoting) health requires an integrated understanding of how mind, brain, body, personal history and current life circumstances … Continue reading

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“Too many times I’m given too many pills” – “How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia” from Human Rights Watch

“Too many times I’m given too many pills” – How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia” Article from hrw.org / Human Rights Watch “Too many times I’m given too many pills…. [Until they wear off], I can’t even talk. I have a thick tongue when they do that. I ask them not to [give me the antipsychotic drugs]. When I say that, they threaten to remove me from the [nursing] home. They get me so I can’t think. I don’t want … 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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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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Association of Proton Pump Inhibitors With Risk of Dementia

Association of Proton Pump Inhibitors With Risk of Dementia A Pharmacoepidemiological Claims Data Analysis http://tinyurl.com/zx9n3o8 Willy Gomm, PhD1; Klaus von Holt, MD, PhD1; Friederike Thomé, MSc1; Karl Broich, MD2; Wolfgang Maier, MD1,3; Anne Fink, MSc1,4; Gabriele Doblhammer, PhD1,4,5,6; Britta Haenisch, PhD1   [+] Author Affiliations   JAMA Neurol. Published online February 15, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.4791 ABSTRACT Importance  Medications that influence the risk of dementia in the elderly can be relevant for dementia prevention. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are widely used for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases but have also been shown to be potentially involved in cognitive decline. Objective  To examine the … Continue reading

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Overprescribing Anticholinergics May Hurt Recovery in Elderly

Overprescribing Anticholinergics May Hurt Recovery in Elderly http://news.psu.edu/story/389729/2016/01/28/research/anticholinergics-may-not-be-best-choice-rehab-patients-dementia UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During rehabilitation following an acute hospital stay, medications that block neurotransmitters may be overprescribed to older patients suffering from delirium superimposed on dementia, according to health researchers. Specifically, strong anticholinergic medications may be prescribed to older adults when there are other suitable options. An anticholinergic medication blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the nervous system. These drugs are prescribed for a variety of symptoms, including incontinence, depression and insomnia. While their use can be … Continue reading

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