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Jane’s Blog Alert! Americans with Dementia to Double by 2040

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Jane’s Blog Alert! Americans with Dementia to Double by 2040

A new Milken Institute report "Reducing the Cost and Risk of Dementia: Recommendations to Improve Brain Health and Decrease Disparities", shows nearly 13 million Americans will have dementia by 2040 – almost twice as many as today. Nora Super, lead author of the report and senior director of the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging, states, “Our risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after we turn 65; by age 85, nearly one in three of us will have the disease. Emerging evidence shows that despite family history and personal genetics, lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise,...

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Jane's Blog Memory & Cognitive Decline Part 2

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Jane's Blog Memory & Cognitive Decline Part 2

The formation of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are thought to contribute to the degradation of the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain and the subsequent symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Amyloids are structures of proteins that become folded into a shape that allows many copies of that protein to stick together forming fibrils. The previously healthy proteins lose their normal physiological functions and form fibrous deposits in plaques around cells that disrupt the healthy function of tissues and organs. Nattokinase is a proteolytic enzyme extracted and purified from a Japanese food called nattō, made from fermented soybeans. Published in the...

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Jane's Blog Digestion & the Brain

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Jane's Blog Digestion & the Brain

A healthy diet, exercise helps to keep our brains sharp. Research suggests that regular exercise & proper nutrition improves cognitive function, slows down the mental aging process and helps us process information more effectively. A study reported in the February15th 2016 medical journal JAMA Neurology, older users of the popular Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) were 44% more likely to develop dementia when taken regularly than those who did not. The researchers said the study only found an association, however, and not a cause-and-effect link. These include Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), and Prilosec (omeprizole). The patients in the study had taken...

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