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Dr Sobo’s Blog Wins Recognition Award from the Alzheimer Society

Dr Sobo’s Blog Wins Recognition Award from the Alzheimer Society

I am proud to be named as one of the top Dementia blogs, congratulated by the Alzheimer’s Society. Please see all of the great information available by a variety of writers.Feedspot Blog Reader

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Congratulations Winners!!

Doctor Henry Sobo, MD

 

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Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Aging of the Brain

A newly published  study from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, showed that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet may slow the loss of brain volume which naturally occurs as a  result of aging.

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by relatively  higher amounts of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and whole grain foods. The presence in the Western diet of more processed foods, especially sugars, and hydrogenated oils, has long been thought to promote the development of a range of diseases and aging in general.

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A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

A HEALTHY GUT MAY SAVE YOUR BRAIN AND YOUR LIFE

 

As a member of the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine I just attended their 2016 national conference in Las Vegas. I want to bring you crucial information about how the environment of your GI tract, called the Microbiome, may determine whether you are more susceptible to the onset of Alzheimer’s and other Neurodegenerative and other diseases. A great talk about this was presented by David Perlmutter, MD a board certified Neurologist a leader in the field of Natural Medicine as it relates to the mind and how we may be able to help ourselves through non drug therapies.

In tandem with my own experience as well as incorporting Dr. Perlmutter’s presentation of the latest sci4ece , my advice to patients is the following:


1. Take broad spectrum Pre and Probiotics. It’s not just the number of organisms on the bottle, but the variety of species that counts.
2. Avoid sugar. The government’s long campaign against fat has been proven to be an enormous national mistake. Sugar is the culprit.
3. Relieve “leaky gut” inflammation by finding out about your food sensitivities, and avoiding those foods.
3. Get at least 7 hrs of sleep per night. Americans are getting less sleep than ever before, and it’s bad for your brain and your body.

It has always been my passion to prevent disease, not just treat it. I hope to help you learn how to prevent the worst types of illness for which no good treatment exists.

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Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

Children’s Reading Improved With Omega-3/ Omega-6 Supplementation

A newly published study of 154 Swedish schoolchildren between nine and ten years old showed that three months of supplementation with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids improved reading their reading skills. The children in this study were divided into two groups to receive either capsules with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, or identical looking placebo capsules that did not contain them. Until the study was completed neither the children, their parents or the researchers knew which children had received the  fatty acids and which had received the placebo capsules.

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Diet and Exercise May Reduce Beta Amyloid in the Brain, Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Diet and Exercise May Reduce Beta Amyloid in the Brain, Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study published in the  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry  indicates that a healthy diet and  regular physical activity  may reduce the buildup of a toxic protein Beta amyloid, which is associated with the development of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research done by the UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior studied 44 adults ranging in age from 40 to 85 who had mild memory changes but did not have the diagnosis of  dementia. The study used  PET scans to assess the amounts of plaque and tangles in the brain which are composed of Beta amyloid, whose buildup is an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

They found that several lifestyle factors were linked to lower levels of plaques and tangles on the brain scans. These factors are – maintaining a proper body weight, exercise,  and a Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is  rich in fruits, nuts, vegetables, legumes, and fish but low in meats and dairy, with mild to moderate alcohol consumption.

Dr. David Merrill, lead author of the study said, “The fact that we could detect this influence of lifestyle at a molecular level before the beginning of serious memory problems surprised us.”

Earlier studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle may result in delaying the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. But this new study is the first to show that these lifestyle factors directly influence the abnormal protein beta amyloid in people with subtle memory loss who do not have dementia. Dr Merrill says, “The study reinforces the importance of living a healthy life to prevent Alzheimer’s, even before the development of clinically significant dementia. This work lends key insight not only into the ability of patients to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but also physicians’ ability to detect and image these changes.”

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Depression May Be Prevented By Good Nutrition

Depression May Be Prevented By Good Nutrition

A large study including over 15,000 people published in the  journal BMC Medicine, shows that depression could be linked with nutrient deficits. Analysis of dietary patterns revealed that  eating a healthy diet, comprised of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts and low in processed meats, is associated with less development of depression.

 This large study was the first time that several healthy dietary patterns and their association with the risk of depression were analyzed together.

The research compared three diets; the Mediterranean diet, the Pro-vegetarian Dietary Pattern and Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010. Subjects used a scoring system to measure their adherence to the selected diet.

Food items such as meat and sweets (sources of animal fats: saturated and trans fatty acids) were negatively scored, while nuts, fruits and vegetables (sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals respectively) were positively scored.

Researcher, A. Sanchez-Villegas, University of Las Palmas says “We wanted to understand what role nutrition plays in mental health, as we believe certain dietary patterns could protect our minds. These diets are all associated with physical health benefits and now we find that they could have a positive effect on our mental health.”

“The protective role is ascribed to their nutritional properties, where nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables (sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals) could reduce the risk of depression.”

The study used 15,093 participants who were depression free  at the beginning of the study. Questionnaires to assess dietary intake were completed at the start of the project and again after 10 years. The Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010  scored the best of all.

Researcher A.Sanchez-Villegas explained that very strict adherence to a diet is not necessary. “A threshold effect may exist. The noticeable difference occurs when participants start to follow a healthier diet. Even a moderate adherence to these healthy dietary patterns was associated with an important reduction in the risk of developing depression. However, we saw no extra benefit when participants showed high or very high adherence to the diets.”

This statement should provide encouragement to those who wish to improve their diet for their mental health realizing that they do not have to be “perfect” to derive the benefits.

 

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Stem Cell Treatment Improves Dementia an Motor Impairments of Lewy Body Disease, Study Says

Stem Cell Treatment Improves Dementia an Motor Impairments of Lewy Body Disease, Study Says

Neural stem cells transplanted into areas of brain damage in mice dramatically improved both motor and cognitive impairments associated with  Lewy Body Dementia, according to a study from the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Their  findings were published in the journal Stem Cell Reports in October 2015

Lewy body Dementia is the second-most common type of age-related dementia after Alzheimer’s disease and is characterized by the accumulation of a protein called alpha-synuclein that collects into masses called Lewy bodies. Lewy bodies are also known to accumulate in other neurologic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. This pathology impairs the normal function of neurons, leading to alterations in critical brain chemicals and neuronal communication and eventually, to cell death.

In this study mouse neural stem cells were transplanted into genetically modified mice having many of the signs and symptoms  of Lew Body Dementia. One month later, the mice were retested on a variety of behavioral tasks, and significant gains in both motor and cognitive function were observed. For example, these mice could run on a rotating rod for much longer and recognize novel objects far better than untreated mice.

The study examined the effects of the stem cells on brain cell dysfunction. They found that the improvements seen required the production of a specific growth factor  called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) by neural stem cells.

The team examined two of the key brain structures that become dysfunctional in Lew Body Dementia , dopamine and glutamate making neurons. Lead researcher Natalie Goldberg explained, “Our experiments revealed that neural stem cells can enhance the function of both dopamine and glutamate producing neurons, coaxing the brain cells to connect and communicate more appropriately. This, in turn, facilitates the recovery of both motor and cognitive function.”

Testing the possibility that BDNF alone might be an effective treatment, they studied the effect of delivering  the growth factor directly into to the brains of Lewy Body Dementia mice.

it was found that this treatment resulted in good recovery of motor skills in the test rodents but only limited recovery of cognitive function. This, researcher Goldberg said, suggests that while BDNF is critical to stem cell-mediated motor and cognitive recovery, it does not achieve this outcome alone. It appears that other changes initiated by stem cells are also at play in the mechanisms by which stem cells create the improvements seen.

These results raise the hope that transplantation of BDNF-producing neural stem cells may offer a new approach for treating Lewy Body Dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Although stem cell therapy is currently not yet improved by the FDA for general medical use in the Untied States, the treatment is available to the public through practitioners utilizing IRB approved research protocols.

To learn more about Stem Cell Therapy please view the  information available at

Regenerative Medicine/Stem Cells

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Negative Beliefs About Aging May Promote Development of Alzheimer’s

Negative Beliefs About Aging May Promote Development of  Alzheimer’s

New research from the Yale School of Public Health finds an association between holding negative or pessimistic beliefs about aging and the development of brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain changes were studied in both live persons with MRI scans, and deceased study subjects by autopsy.

This study is the first to link the brain changes of Alzheimer’s disease to a  psychosocial risk factor.

Study author Becca Levy professor of Public Health and Psychology at Yale University states, “We believe it is the stress generated by the negative beliefs about aging that individuals sometimes internalize from society that can result in pathological brain changes. Although the findings are concerning, it is encouraging to realize that these negative beliefs about aging can be mitigated and positive beliefs about aging can be reinforced, so that the adverse impact is not inevitable.”

The study suggests that part of an Alzheimer’s prevention program  may involve combatting negative stereotypes about aging. If it is widely understood that having pessimistic views about the elderly may become a self fulfilling prophecy by promoting dementia, it may offer a way to slow the rapidly rising rate of Alzheimer’s disease which now affects over 5 million Americans.

Using MRI scans in living individuals, the research found that subjects who held more negative beliefs about aging showed  greater shrinkage of  a part of the brain crucial to memory called the hippocampus. The hippocampus is known to be smaller in Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain autopsies which were performed showed that two well established indicators Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles ,were worse in those who had by survey expressed more negative beliefs about aging. This study was published in the September issue of journal Psychology and Aging.

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