All About Alzheimer’s: The Healing Power of Strawberries, the Soothing Power of Music & More
A roundup of recent news
Fruits like strawberries and mangoes containing flavonol fisetin may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Research from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that mice that had been genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s retained their normal cognitive skills when they were fed fisetin. The study was published in Aging Cell.
Music helps trigger memories in seniors with Alzheimer’s, the Courier-Press reports. Advanced Alzheimer’s patient Gene Hart, 82, wasn’t able to recall whether he was married or had any children. After listening to hymns via an iPod, he could. Hart took part in the national program Music & Memory.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, writes a blog addressing why some people remain mentally sharp over their lifetimes while others “develop devastating neurogenerative diseases that destroy their minds and rob them of their memories.” Part of the answers lie in research on the brain’s prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain involved in decision-making and many higher cognitive functions.
Researchers, including those at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, are developing blood tests designed to aid doctors in more quickly detecting Alzheimer’s and dementia, reports the Waterbury Republican American.
A new study links poor heart health with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers found atherosclerosis, which is a stiffening of the arteries, is associated with the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
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