The Two Vaccinations That Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Attacks and Strokes

Vaccine makers are gearing up for a mega-campaign against seasonal influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic, with drives to promote vaccination slated to start in early September ahead of the 2020-2021 flu season. Expect to see flu shots available everywhere from church and supermarket parking lots to socially distanced appointments at pharmacies and medical offices. Some healthcare providers will even be …

Is Targeting Brain Inflammation the Key to Preventing Alzheimer’s and Stroke?

For decades, cholesterol was demonized as the No. 1 threat to heart, brain and arterial health. Then a growing body of evidence began to zero in on another villain. “The four horsemen of the medical apocalypse — coronary artery disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s — may be riding the same steed: inflammation,” a Harvard paper theorized in 2006. Since then, …

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Preventable?

Every 65 seconds, an American develops Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia in older adults. This progressive, memory-robbing disorder affects one in ten U.S. adults ages 65 and up, and one in three of those ages 85 and up. Globally, AD and other forms of dementia affect 47 million people — and this figure is expected to …

Brain

Can Anti-inflammatory Therapies Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

You’ve probably seen headlines reporting that in 2015, researchers at Pfizer made a startling discovery that the company kept secret from the world. According to the Washington Post, which broke this story, “The company’s blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis therapy Enbrel, a powerful anti-inflammatory drug, appeared to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 64 percent.” The finding came from an analysis …

Lifestyle

10 Lifestyle Moves That Could Lower Your Dementia Risk by 35 Percent

More than 5 million Americans are living with dementia. The two most common forms of this progressive memory-robbing disorder are Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia, both of which are linked to problems with the heart and blood vessels. AD alone ranks as the most expensive disease in the U.S., costing up to $215 billion a year, more than double …

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4 Scary Reasons to Take Your Dental Health Seriously

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which honors the work of a potentially lifesaving member of your heart-attack-and-stroke prevention team: your dental provider. Recent research links poor oral health to increased risk for many deadly disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of Americans. Conversely, people who take excellent care of their teeth and gums …