Monthly Archives: April 2014

Green Tea’s Impact on Cognitive Function Now Visible

Green tea appears to boost memory by enhancing functional brain connectivity, a new imaging study suggests. A study led by Stefan Borgwardt, MD, PhD, from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Basel, Switzerland, shows that drinking a green tea extract … Continue reading

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What Is Fisetin? And Does It Slow Dementia?

This is the Medscape Neurology Minute. I am Dr. Alan Jacobs. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have published a series of studies evaluating a flavonol called fisetin, found in many fruits and vegetables, that has been shown … Continue reading

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BrainBriefs: The Alcoholic Brain, Autoimmune Epilepsy

Molecular analysis of brain tissue from alcoholics revealed numerous differences from normal controls, potentially providing a key link connecting the brain to behavior in chronic alcoholism. Also, another study connects autoimmunity to at least some cases of epilepsy, and a … Continue reading

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Alzheimers: Where do biomarkers fit in diagnosis?

Where do biomarkers fit into the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease? That’s the question we asked of three eminent Alzheimer’s disease researchers and clinicians: Constantine Lyketsos, MD, MHS, of Johns Hopkins University; Marc Gordon, MD, of Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y.; … Continue reading

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Accelerated Alzheimer’s

This is the Medscape Neurology Minute. I am Dr. Alan Jacobs. There are thought to be epidemiologic and pathophysiologic links between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Alzheimer disease. Amyloid plaques have been found in the brains of up to 30% … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Is Expensive, Deadly and Growing. So Where’s the Research Money?

Sitting before a mostly absent Senate committee in February, actor Seth Rogen sought to draw attention to an as yet incurable disease that is quietly killing millions of Americans and, perhaps worse, reducing their final years to a harrowing ordeal … Continue reading

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Anesthesia, Surgery May Double Dementia Risk

Anesthesia and surgery significantly increase the risk for dementia, new research suggests. A large population-based study conducted by investigators at the Neurological Institute in Taipei Veterans General Hospital, in Taipei City, Republic of China, showed that the risk of developing … Continue reading

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