Four recent Alz. news breakthroughs

A Smell Identification Test (UPSIT)  developed at Univ. of Pennsylvania scientists is a practical, lo-cost alternative for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, better than measuring the thickness of entorhinal cortex.  July 26, 2016 Lower weight in late-life is linked to greater Alzheimer’s disease risk, Massachusetts General Hospital has reported. Low Body Mass Index is associated with increased […]

Primary prevention for Alzheimer’s disease

Seven reversible or modifiable factors for AD are diabetes, mid-life obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, hypertension, depression, and low education.  Improving these factors lowers the risk of AD.  Of these seven, physical activity has the largest impact, 33%.  Study reported at Hillblom Cognitive Aging Semposium, June 9, 2016

“17beta-Estradiol patch may help reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk in newly postmenopausal women”

Can estrogen preserve brain function and decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease when given early in menopause? Newly postmenopausal women who received estrogen via a skin patch had reduced beta-amyloid deposits, the sticky plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Mayo Clinic study published in June  in the Journal of Alzheimer’s […]