Aspartame may result in methanol toxicity, which has recently been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Good diet and nutrition is key to helping people ward off the worst form of dementia, but many may think that diet soda is not doing their body any harm and drink it in excess despite an otherwise healthy diet.
Diet soda can also cause unwanted weight gain. While your body digests this artificial sweetener, your cravings for real sugar actually increase. The chemical can also make it so that your appetite becomes bigger, so instead of losing weight, you’ll be fighting off cravings for fatty and sugary foods.
Recently leaked emails from Podesta show that originally there were concerns about approving aspartame by the FDA altogether.
A mysterious brain disorder can be confused with early Alzheimer’s disease although it isn’t robbing patients of their memories but of the words to talk about them.
It’s called primary progressive aphasia, and researchers said Sunday they’re finding better ways to diagnose the little-known syndrome. That will help people whose thoughts are lucid but who are verbally locked in to get the right kind of care.
I’m using a speech device to talk to you,” Robert Voogt of Virginia Beach, Virginia, said by playing a recording from a phone-sized assistive device at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “I have trouble speaking, but I can understand you.”
Even many doctors know little about this rare kind of aphasia, abbreviated PPA, but raising awareness is key to improve care – and because a new study is underway to try to slow the disease by electrically stimulating the affected brain region.
PPA wasn’t identified as a separate disorder until the 1980s, and while specialists estimate thousands of Americans may have it, there’s no good count. Families may not even seek care because they assume a loved one’s increasingly garbled attempts to communicate are because of age-related dementia, said Dr. Argye Elizabeth Hillis of Johns Hopkins University. Often, it’s when those people reach neurologists who realize they aren’t repeating questions or forgetting instructions that the diagnosis emerges.
A drug used to treat high blood pressure has been found to reduce cell damage often linked to Alzheimer’s disease, reports a new study.
The researchers explored the effect of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved drug candesartan for the early treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our findings make sense in many ways. Hypertension reduces blood flow throughout the body and brain and is a risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease,” said the study’s senior author Juan Saavedra from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, DC.
The purpose of the test is to determine the “vitality” of certain genes that are indicative of a person’sbiological age, versus their chronological age. Researchers say the test can distinguish between healthy patients and those with Alzheimer’s – a promising discovery that may someday help doctors to identify patients who are in the early stages of the disease who have not yet developed symptoms.