Healthy Aging

A Role for N-Acetyl Cysteine in Treating Parkinson's Disease

By Madiha Saeed, MD, Contributing Writer

People with Parkinson’s disease may benefit from supplementation with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University recently showed that Parkinson’s patients who took NAC daily for three month showed significant improvements of mental and physical abilities, as well as beneficial changes on brain imaging. 

Gram-negative Bacteria Implicated in Alzheimer’s Pathology

By Kristen Schepker, Assistant Editor

University of California researchers have discovered the presence of marker compounds from Gram-negative bacteria--including Escherichia coli--in brain tissue from people with Alzheimer's disease, providing further support for the notion that there is a microbial component in the etiology of this common form of dementia.

Losing Ourselves to Diabetes…Then Alzheimer’s

By Erik Goldman

Alzheimer’s affects about 5.4 million Americans, and that number is expected to rise. In part, it’s being driven by the rampant prevalence of diabetes.The epidemiology is clear: people with type 2 diabetes are nearly twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as non-diabetics.

Anticholinergic Meds: Bad News For Aging Brains

By Jeannie Hall, Contributing Writer

People who take Benadryl every night to sleep should probably think seriously about an alternative method….if they can remember to do so. A recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine,  provides convincing evidence that frequent and long-term use of anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl raise the risk of dementia.

Want to Gain Weight? Drink Diet Soda

By Amy Burkholder, MS, Contributing Writer

Contrary to public expectations, consumption of diet sodas might actually be causing weight gain, rather than promoting weight loss. According to a recent study from the University of Texas, we may be able to fool our tastebuds, but we cannot fool our microbiomes.

Carotenoids May Prevent Macular Degeneration & Dementia

By Erik Goldman | Editor in Chief

kale-smDaily supplementation with plant-derived carotenoids can reduce the risk of age-associated macular degeneration, and may also have a role in prevention of Alzheimer's disease, according to James Stringham, PhD, of the Nutritional Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Georgia, Atlanta.