Researchers are beginning clinical trials for Alzheimer's disease (AD) that could identify who will develop the disease three years before symptoms. The test, if commercialized, could be used to screen large numbers of people for AD. It also means new therapies could be developed to delay symptoms of the neurological disease that is expected to affect 115.4 million people by 2050.
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Possibly being hit with the gradual worsening of cognitive abilities, or dementia, is a significant concern as we age. An increased understanding of this tragic condition often leads younger people to consider making a commitment to healthy lifestyles, such as daily exercise and good nutrition, to help avoid dementia. It appears these measures can be taken relatively early in life to attempt to avoid dementia from setting in as we age.
Function determines brain structure in the same way as structure determines function. What this means is the human brain always has potential for change and negativistic views by psychiatrists that people whom they label as suffering from mental illness have fixed structural defects in the brain represent a backwards view of the potential of the human brain to be nurtured not just by good nutrition, but also by learning, and move forward.
There are deep fears about the possibility of losing your mind as people age. Reports of the deteriorating cognitive health of many older people are always emerging. In order to lessen the chances of cognitive decline with aging there have been suggestions a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition may help. Recent research shows a potent nutritional supplement may just do the trick in helping to protect cognitive functioning in the elderly.
Omega-3 fatty acids in fish have widespread benefits for health. A new study shows the oils can help stop brain volume loss that happens with aging and precedes dementia and Alzheimer's disease. But what consumers should know about fish safety is also recently highlighted by the Environmental Working Group.