Tag Archives: University of Iowa

Medicine to Ease Enlarged Prostate Re-Purposed for Parkinson’s Disease? (BBC News / Journal of Clinical Investigation)

Summary Terazosin, a drug developed originally to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), may slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. It is thought that Terazosin may help by activating an enzyme (PGK1) which prevents cell death in the relevant brain regions. … Continue reading

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Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease: the State of Current Understanding (NPJ Parkinson’s Disease)

Summary The following review summarises a recent conference on the topic of cognitive impairment encountered in Parkinson’s Disease. Full Text Link Reference Goldman, JG. Vernaleo, BA. [and] Camicioli, R. [et al] (2018). Cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease: a report from … Continue reading

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Huntington’s Disease: a Blood Test “Speedometer”? (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Early research shows promise that a protein biomarker in the blood, called neurofilament light chain (NFL), which is released from damaged brain cells in Huntington’s Disease, may be the basis for a blood test able to predict whether people … Continue reading

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Exploring Disease-Modifying Treatments for Lewy-Body Dementia (Frontiers in Neuroscience)

Summary The authors of this review remind readers that there are currently no disease-modifying therapies for Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). DLB accounts for perhaps 25% of all dementia cases. This review covers therapeutic directions which have been explored for … Continue reading

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Cognitive Reserve: the Benefits of Mentally Challenging Occupations and Bilingualism (Daily Mail / Neurology / CMAJ / Neuropsychology)

Summary Research published in the Neurology journal suggests that having a challenging occupation can potentially halve the rate of decline in memory and thinking capacity in later life, compared to pursuing mentally undemanding work. Workers performing complex jobs (such as … Continue reading

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Problem Drinking Doubles the Risk of Memory Problems in Later Life (BBC News / Department of Health / Dementia Challenge / American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry)

Summary People with a history of problem drinking in middle age have double the risk of developing severe memory impairment in later life. Full Text Link Reference Briggs, H. (2014). Middle-aged drinking ‘impairs memory’. London: BBC Health News, July 30th … Continue reading

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Vitamin E Slows Mental Decline? (BBC News / JAMA)

Summary Research published in the journal JAMA indicates that people with mild to moderate Alzheimers Disease may benefit from high doses of vitamin E. The study involved 613 people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease taking either a daily dose … Continue reading

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