Jan 24, 8:09 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Thomas E Cope 01/07/18 AT 8:00 AM Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain illness that affects an estimated 47m people worldwide. It is the most common cause of dementia in the Western world. Despite this, there are currently no treatments that are effective in curing Alzheimer’s disease or preventing its relentless progression.Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the build-up of two abnormal proteins, beta-amyloid and tau. Tau is particularly important because it causes neurons and their connections to die, preventing brain regions from communicating with each other normally. In the majority of cases, tau pathology first appears in the memory centres of the brain, known as the entorhinal cortex and hippocampal formation. This has been shown to occur many years before patients have any symptoms of disease.Over time, tau begins to … [Read more...] about How Alzheimer’s Disease Spreads Throughout The Brain, New Study Says
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Keeping a tight lid on blood pressure isn’t just good for the heart. It may also help the brain. People given intensive drug treatment for high blood pressure were less likely to develop an early form of memory loss, according to preliminary results from a major clinical trial. This approach reduced the rate of early memory loss, called mild cognitive impairment, by around 19 percent, compared with people who received less aggressive treatment. And the intensely treated group developed fewer white matter lesions over time, researchers reported July 25 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago. White matter lesions, which are associated with dementia, are thought to be caused by blood vessel injuries in white matter, the part of the brain that contains nerve fibers. The brain research is part of SPRINT, the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial involving more than 9,300 participants. Some received intensive treatment aimed at lowering … [Read more...] about Lowering blood pressure may help the brain
The Food and Drug Administration approved on Thursday the first drug designed to prevent migraines.A once-monthly, self-injection, Aimovig is the first in a new class of long-acting drugs that is FDA-approved to specifically prevent migraines. It works by blocking the activity of a specific molecule, calcitonin gene-related peptide, that is involved in migraine attacks, the FDA announced in a press release.The drug, expected to be made available to patients within a week, is made by Amgen and Novartis. Without insurance it will cost $575 for once monthly injections or $6,900 per year, Novartis said in a press release.Migraines are more than just headaches. They cause severe throbbing and pulsating pain on one side of the head. They are accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Attacks cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that they become debilitating.RELATED: Foods that exacerbate headaches 14 PHOTOS Foods that … [Read more...] about FDA approves first drug to prevent migraines
source Shutterstock High blood pressure kills – and it kills quietly. There aren’t any obvious signs (other than a cuff reading) that a person’s blood pressure is dangerously high, which is why many call hypertension the “silent killer.” It can be tough to see outward signs of pressure building up in a person’s blood vessels until it’s too late and the extra stress on arteries leads to a heart attack, a stroke, or heart failure. In 2013, the problem contributed to more than 1,000 deaths in the US every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recently, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology lowered the bar for what they consider high blood pressure to a cuff reading above 130/80, down from 140/90. The new guidelines mean nearly half of adults in the US – 46% – should lower their blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. Here are … [Read more...] about 9 things you can do right now to reduce your risk of high blood pressure
Ever considered a walking meeting for your crew? Jason McCann Published 6:00 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Photo: Maskot | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Maskot | Getty Images Want a More Active Workspace Now? Here Are the 3 Wellness Strategies That Will Get You There. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery America's healthcare system needs to visit the nearest emergency room. But, before you run for the defibrillator, take heart that some of the top names in the business world, including Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, have stepped in to try their hand at a little surgical intervention. Related: Help Employees Stay Healthy and Fit Early this year, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced a joint initiative to create a healthcare company that will use technology to help ease health … [Read more...] about Want a More Active Workspace Now? Here Are the 3 Wellness Strategies That Will Get You There.