Tag Archives: Inflammation and Neurodegenerative Diseases

Mid-Life Blood Test for Inflammation May Predict Later-Life Dementia Risk? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Higher inflammatory marker scores in middle age, based on five blood-based markers of inflammation (fibrinogen, albumin, von Willebrand factor, factor VIII and white blood cell count) appear to be associated with reduced brain volume (thought to be neurodegenerative “shrinkage”) … Continue reading

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More On the Association Between Periodontitis and the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease (NHS Choices / Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy)

Summary Analysis of data from the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) of Taiwan indicates that patients with chronic gum disease (periodontitis) are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. “These findings highlight the need to prevent progression of periodontal disease… … Continue reading

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Early Research on Stress and Social Disadvantage as Potential Risk Factors (BBC News / AAIC)

Summary Early research findings presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London suggest that stressful life events, and more generally the chronic stress of enduring social deprivation life-long, may age the brain. The researchers claim that extremely stressful experiences … Continue reading

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Further Research Backs Speculation Linking the Immune System and Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Further evidence has emerged suggesting that malfunctioning in the body’s immune system may contribute to the development and progression of Parkinson’s Disease. T-cells appear to attack alpha-synuclein – a protein which accumulates in Parkinson’s Disease – after confusing this … Continue reading

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More on the Association Between Poor Oral Hygiene and Dementia / Alzheimer’s Disease Risk (NHS Choices / Journal of the American Geriatrics Society)

Summary Poor dental hygiene and tooth loss appear to be associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, according to research from Japan. Full Text Link Reference ‘Tooth loss link to increased risk of dementia’. London: NHS Choices; Behind the … Continue reading

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Possibly a Paradigm Shift in the Understanding of Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Cell / NHS Choices)

Summary Animal research in the United States and Sweden suggests that Parkinson’s Disease may be caused by bacteria living in the gut. It appears likely that the certain gut bacteria (the “gut microbiome”) could be responsible for releasing chemicals (SCFAs) … Continue reading

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