Altered cholesterol metabolism in the brain may have a role in Alzheimer’s.

Altered cholesterol metabolism in the brain may have a role in Alzheimer’s.

October 12, 2021
Summary: Accumulation of amyloid-beta appears to play a central role in the development of Alzheimer’s. However, researchers have a limited understanding of the production of amyloid protein in brain cells. But new studies show that the production of amyloid-beta protein is increased in those with…

Some psychological interventions do more harm than good.

Some psychological interventions do more harm than good.

October 11, 2021
Summary: Many psychological interventions might not either work or even cause harm. Unlike medications, these therapies are not well regulated. Psychological interventions do not go through approval processes like drugs, and there is also a poorly adverse event reporting system. Experts believe that much psychological…

Two-hour glucose tolerance test may help predict the long-term risk of episodic memory decline

Two-hour glucose tolerance test may help predict the long-term risk of episodic memory decline

October 8, 2021
Summary: Severe memory decline due to aging and dementia is a major health concern among older adults. The incidence of Alzheimer’s is increasing, and it is one of the leading causes of mortality in the western world. Yet, very little is known about the etiology…

Just like the opioid manufacturer’s getting money from addiction treatment medications, the manufacturers of cigarettes are capitalizing on asthma and COPD

Just like the opioid manufacturer’s getting money from addiction treatment medications, the manufacturers of cigarettes are capitalizing on asthma and COPD

October 7, 2021
Summary: Philip Morris acquired several healthcare companies in the last few years, including asthma inhaler producer Vectura for $1.52 billion. Though, its primary business comes from the sales of cigarettes and vaping pods. Cigarette smoking and vaping are well known to cause COPD, asthma, and…

High intake of omega-6 rich vegetable oils causes obesity and insulin resistance

High intake of omega-6 rich vegetable oils causes obesity and insulin resistance

October 7, 2021
Summary: Reducing total fat consumption did not considerably help reduce the prevalence of abdominal fat accumulation, and obesity has increased. Studies suggest that this rise is more due to higher consumption of linoleic acid (LA) rich omega-6 fatty acids. It occurred as humans switched to…

Financial insecurity and risk of dementia

Financial insecurity and risk of dementia

October 6, 2021
Summary: The risk of dementia is higher in people with low socioeconomic status. Low income or financial insecurity is one of the major sources of chronic stress. Prolonged stress response considerably increases the risk of dementia or age-related cognitive decline. Stress results in higher activity…