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Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet

Behav Pharmacol. 2006 Sep; 17(5-6): 431–439.  PMCID: PMC2367001 NIHMSID: NIHMS42857 Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet Maciej Gasior,a Michael A. Rogawski,a and  Adam L. Hartmana,b Author information ► Copyright and License information ► The publisher’s final edited version of this article is available at Behav Pharmacol See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Go to: Abstract The ketogenic diet has been in clinical use for over 80 years, primarily for the symptomatic treatment of epilepsy. A recent clinical study has raised the possibility that exposure to the ketogenic diet may confer … Continue reading

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Association between benzodiazepine use and occurrence of benign brain tumors.

J Neurol Sci. 2014 Jan 15;336(1-2):8-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2013.11.009. Epub 2013 Nov 16. An association between benzodiazepine use and occurrence of benign brain tumors. Harnod T1, Lin CL2, Sung FC2, Kao CH3. Author information Abstract OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the impact of long-term benzodiazepine use on the subsequent risk of benign brain tumor (BBT) or malignant brain tumor (MBT) development. METHOD: We used data from the National Health Insurance System of Taiwan. For the study cohort, we identified 62,186 patients who had been prescribed benzodiazepine for at least 2 … Continue reading

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DIET, KETONES AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

DIET, KETONES AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY Technical but of great interest. We are successfully using the ketogenic diet alongside other multiple anti-inflammatory approaches. If you want to try this treatment modality for TBI or cognitive impairment (dementia), please contact the office. Published in final edited form as: Epilepsia. 2008 November ; 49(Suppl 8): 111–113. DIET, KETONES AND NEUROTRAUMA Mayumi Prins, Ph.D. UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery SUMMARY The annual incidence of traumatic brain injury far exceeds the rates of any other … Continue reading

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Turmeric compound may treat Alzheimer’s disease

Research Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo Joerg Hucklenbroich12, Rebecca Klein23, Bernd Neumaier3, Rudolf Graf3, Gereon Rudolf Fink12, Michael Schroeter123 and Maria Adele Rueger123* *Corresponding author: Maria A Rueger adele.rueger@uk-koeln.de Author Affiliations 1Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM-3), Research Centre Juelich, Leo-Brandt-Straße 52425, Jülich, Germany 2Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany 3Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany For all author emails, please log on. Stem Cell Research & Therapy 2014, 5:100  doi:10.1186/scrt500 The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at: http://stemcellres.com/content/5/4/100 … Continue reading

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“Noncognitive” symptoms of early Alzheimer disease

Conclusions: We found a significantly earlier presence of positive symptoms on the NPI-Q in cognitively normal patients who subsequently developed CDR >0. Among participants with no depression symptoms at baseline, results suggest that depressive symptoms may increase with aging regardless of incipient dementia. Such findings begin to delineate the noncognitive course of Alzheimer disease dementia in the preclinical stages. Future research must further elucidate the correlation between noncognitive changes and distinct dementia subtypes. Continue reading

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Alzheimer dementia and diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease [AD] is the most common cause of dementia in North America. Despite 30+ years of intense investigation, the field lacks consensus regarding the etiology and pathogenesis of sporadic AD, and therefore we still do not know the best strategies for treating and preventing this debilitating and costly disease. However, growing evidence supports the concept that AD is fundamentally a metabolic disease with substantial and progressive derangements in brain glucose utilization and responsiveness to insulin and insulin-like growth factor [IGF] stimulation. Moreover, AD is now recognized to be heterogeneous in nature, and not solely the end-product of aberrantly processed, misfolded, and aggregated oligomeric amyloid-beta peptides and hyperphosphorylated tau. Other factors, including impairments in energy metabolism, increased oxidative stress, inflammation, insulin and IGF resistance, and insulin/IGF deficiency in the brain should be incorporated into all equations used to develop diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to AD. Herein, the contributions of impaired insulin and IGF signaling to AD-associated neuronal loss, synaptic disconnection, tau hyperphosphorylation, amyloid-beta accumulation, and impaired energy metabolism are reviewed. In addition, we discuss current therapeutic strategies and suggest additional approaches based on the hypothesis that AD is principally a metabolic disease similar to diabetes mellitus. Ultimately, our ability to effectively detect, monitor, treat, and prevent AD will require more efficient, accurate and integrative diagnostic tools that utilize clinical, neuroimaging, biochemical, and molecular biomarker data. Finally, it is imperative that future therapeutic strategies for AD abandon the concept of uni-modal therapy in favor of multi-modal treatments that target distinct impairments at different levels within the brain insulin/IGF signaling cascades.
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Alzheimers disease is a silent epidemic in Northern climates such as Upstate New York.

‘Silent epidemic’ already striking Western New York

Joseph Giel, 90, closes his eyes to recall something while he takes a mini-mental status exam at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Sacramento, Calif. Past testing has shown Giel to be in good cognitive shape.Joseph Giel, 90, closes his eyes to recall something while he takes a mini-mental status exam at the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Sacramento, Calif. Past testing has shown Giel to be in good cognitive shape. McClatchy Newspapers
By Melinda Miller | News Staff Reporter | Google+
on May 30, 2014 – 7:30 PM

The first winds of the “silent epidemic” of dementia already are hitting Western New York and it will get worse before it gets better, local observers say.

“In the eight Western New York counties, we estimate about 55,000 people have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia,” said Leilani Joven Pelletier, executive director of the regional chapter of the national Alzheimer’s Association. “We’re an older community here, which naturally increases our prevalence of the illness a little bit.”

The state Health Department expects the number of dementia patients to increase by about 8 percent by 2020, and by 2025, when the front line of the “gray tsunami” of baby boomers reaches 74 – the average age of onset for Alzheimer’s – the increase will be 20 percent.

But there is no need to look ahead. The demand for help and treatment is already here.

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, a clinic and research facility operated through the University at Buffalo’s neurology department, opened in late 2011 on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and already has a satellite clinic in Williamsville.

Dr. Kinga Szigeti, director of the center, said that the clinics have seen a change in their clientele in the short time they have been open, and she credits a better-informed public for the difference.

“Initially, the patients were largely people in mid to advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, but now we are getting more people with mild symptoms that might respond better to treatment,” she said. “With current medications we can change the slope of the decline. This is a very good change in our clinical practice.”

The success of early treatment in slowing the illness has helped some people overcome their avoidance of seeing a physician and receiving the frightening diagnosis.

“People realize that the decline rate can be cut in half,” Szigeti said. “With treatment, people are staying in ‘mild’ stages for many years. They can go to their grandchildren’s graduations, they can be active, they can be happy. Just by coming in early, the nursing home could be delayed by as much as two years.”

Delay, however, does not mean cure, and right now no cure exists.

“As far as science knows right now, exercise, healthy eating, lifelong learning, those types of things may reduce the incidence of Alzheimer’s somewhat, but the real risk factor is age,” said Pelletier of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Because the illness attacks the brain and memory functions, she said, it is believed that the best way to stave off its effects is by managing other diseases that affect brain function: heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure.

International studies support those recommendations. ““New Insights Into the Dementia Epidemic,” a report in the February New England Journal of Medicine, evaluated the results of several research projects that indicate while the actual numbers of dementia cases will almost certainly increase as more people reach old-old age (over 80 years), the percentage of cases appears to be going down by as much as 4 percent.

The decrease was attributed to a generally healthier, better educated population and particularly to a measured reduction in vascular disease – meaning heart problems and stroke.

That remains only part of the puzzle, however.

At the UB center, researchers are focusing on the hereditary indicators for dementia.

“Genetics is a very useful tool to crack this disease,” Szigeti said. “Alzheimer’s is highly heritable – about 70 percent of cases.”

By defining genetic markers for the illness, she said, researchers and ultimately physicians will be able to tailor treatments to individual patients.

“It won’t be one simple solution,” Szigeti said. “It will be part of the battery of factors we consider. I imagine treatment will turn out like what we do for colon cancer: you turn 50 and get a colonoscopy. With this, you go in at 65 and get your dementia testing.”

Those tests could involve simple cognitive exercises, genetic evaluation of skin cells and even the “smell” test. Part of the UB research is examining olfactory receptors in the genome – Szigeti explained there are “smell receptors” on every chromosome – to look for correlations between variations in the receptors and the effectiveness of dementia medications.

That is just one of many problems researchers hope to solve. For all of them, though, one of the biggest difficulties continues to be funding.

UB has received money from the National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo along with other smaller grants, Szigeti said, and more would be better. She noted that, since the federal cutbacks, NIH funding has been cut about 74 percent, from the top 20 proposals to the top five.

“Money always helps. It accelerates the research. If I have four people working, and can add a fifth person to help analyze the data, it could go 20 percent faster,” she said.

Pelletier was even more blunt about the facts of funding.

“Alzheimer’s costs this country $214 billion per year,” she said, “and the government gives $566 million to research (about 0.25 percent).”

“The kind of movement we need is not going to come from some office in the capital. People need to start it,” she said.

For right now, families and individuals looking for help dealing with Alzheimer’s can call UB’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center at 859-3484 for information about treatment or to participate in research. For help in coping with the symptoms and day-to-day aspects of the disease, call the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900. Counselors there can offer advice on interacting with an Alzheimer’s sufferer, home security measures that are available to protect patients, and support groups for both patients and caregivers, among other things.

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Lack of Vitamin D predicts senility

Vitamin D deficiency predicts cognitive decline in older men and women
The Pro.V.A. Study

Elena D. Toffanello, MD,
Alessandra Coin, MD,
Egle Perissinotto, ScD,
Sabina Zambon, MD,
Silvia Sarti, MD,
Nicola Veronese, MD,
Marina De Rui, MD,
Francesco Bolzetta, MD,
Maria-Chiara Corti, MD, MSH,
Gaetano Crepaldi, MD,
Enzo Manzato, MD and
Giuseppe Sergi, MD
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From the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences (Department of Medicine–DIMED), Geriatrics Division (E.D.T., A.C., S.S., N.V., D.R.M., F.B., E.M., G.S.), and Departments of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences (E.P.) and Medical and Surgical Sciences (S.Z.), University of Padova; National Research Council (S.Z., G.C., E.M.), Aging Branch, Institute of Neuroscience, Padova; and Azienda Unità Locale Socio Sanitaria 16 (M.-C.C.), Padova, Italy.
Correspondence to Dr. Toffanello: elenadebora.toffanello@sanita.padova.it
Published online before print November 5, 2014, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0000000000001080Neurology 10.1212/WNL.0000000000001080

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Objective: To test the hypothesis that hypovitaminosis D is associated with a higher risk of cognitive decline over a 4.4-year follow-up in a large sample of older adults.

Methods: This research was part of the Progetto Veneto Anziani (Pro.V.A.), an Italian population-based cohort study of 1,927 elderly subjects. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels were measured at the baseline. Global cognitive function was measured with the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE); scores lower than 24 were indicative of cognitive dysfunction, and a decline of 3 or more points on the MMSE over the follow-up was considered as clinically significant. Analyses were adjusted for relevant confounders, including health and performance status.

Results: Participants with 25OHD deficiency (<50 nmol/L) or insufficiency (50–75 nmol/L) were more likely to have declining MMSE scores during the follow-up than those who were 25OHD sufficient (≥75 nmol/L). Among participants cognitively intact (baseline MMSE scores ≥24 and without diagnosis of dementia), the multivariate adjusted relative risk (95% confidence interval [CI]) of the onset of cognitive dysfunction was 1.36 (95% CI: 1.04–1.80; p = 0.02) for those with vitamin D deficiency and 1.29 (95% CI: 1.00–1.76; p = 0.05) for those with vitamin D insufficiency by comparison with individuals with normal 25OHD levels. Conclusion: The results of our study support an independent association between low 25OHD levels and cognitive decline in elderly individuals. In cognitively intact elderly subjects, 25OHD levels below 75 nmol/L are already predictive of global cognitive dysfunction at 4.4 years. Continue reading

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Autoimmune disease, inflammation and the brain

Went to a fabulous lecture by  Dr. Souhel Najjar on autoimmune encephalitis this morning. As a reminder, bad relationships (including with one’s self-image etc.) can also cause/contribute to inflammatory burden. Below is a well-informed and written piece on Anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis (one of many), courtesy of Wikipedia. Last edited 11 days ago by an anonymous user Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis Watch this page Anti-NMDA (N-methyl D-aspartate) receptor antibody encephalitis, also termed NMDA receptor antibody encephalitis, is an acute form of encephalitis which is potentially lethal but has high probability for … Continue reading

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Bread, pasta and a sedentary lifestyle – will they require disclaimers? Diabetologia: Prediabetes is associated with an increased risk of cancer.

Data from 891,426 participants were derived from 16 prospective cohort studies. Prediabetes was associated with an increased risk of cancer overall (RR 1.15; 95% CI 1.06, 1.23). Continue reading

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BMJ.org: Research News Benzodiazepines may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, study finds

Research News Benzodiazepines may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease, study finds BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5555 (Published 10 September 2014)Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5555 Article Related content Metrics Responses Get access to this article and to all of thebmj.com for 14 days. Sign up today for a 14 day free trial. Access to the full version of this article requires a subscription payment. Please login or subscribe below. Zosia Kmietowicz Author affiliations Taking benzodiazepines is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, particularly in long term users, a study has … Continue reading

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Neurology.org: Poor sleep quality is associated with increased cortical atrophy in community-dwelling adults

Sleep and cognitive status is a developing hot topic. When will hospitals have to assure a peaceful, uninterrupted night for inpatients? Poor sleep quality is associated with increased cortical atrophy in community-dwelling adults Claire E. Sexton, DPhil, Andreas B. Storsve, MSc, Kristine B. Walhovd, PhD, Heidi Johansen-Berg, DPhil and Anders M. Fjell, PhD +SHOW AFFILIATIONS | + SHOW FULL DISCLOSURES Correspondence to Dr. Sexton: claire.sexton@ndcn.ox.ac.uk Published online before print September 3, 2014, doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000774Neurology September 9, 2014 vol. 83 no. 11 967-973 Abstract Full Text Full Text (PDF) Also available: Figures Only Data Supplement … Continue reading

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