Alzheimer’s Disease Progression Scan

Visualization of tau tangles in the brain using PET scans is a more dependable indicator of Alzheimer-s Disease progression than visualization of amyloid plaque progression say UCLA researchers. Their study is highly important to 30 million patients who will need to track results of treatments such as curcumin, found in the Indian spice turmeric. This article is from Dallas Fort Worth MDNews, Aug.-Sept., 2012.

Coconut Oil or ?

Non-hydrogenated coconut oil has recently been touted as a potential cure or preventative for Alzheimer-s disease by Dr. Mary T. Newport in her book called Alzheimer-s Disease: What If There Was A Cure?. Meanwhile a team of biochemists in England has developed a ketone ester 10 times more potent than coconut oil. Come in and we will discuss it.

Too Much Iron?

Iron levels may be a key to stopping diseases. Men have more iron in their bodies than women, though it is unclear why. Excess levels of iron in the brain contribute to the development of abnormal protein deposits linked to diseases such as Alzheimer-s and Parkinson-s. Men develop these diseases earlier in life than do women, and higher levels of iron could be partly to blame.

Now, in a new study, iron levels in post-menopausal women who had had hysterectomies before menopause were compared to those who had not. Researchers found that the 15 women who had hysterectomies had higher brain levels of iron (similar to amounts found in men) than the 24 women who did not.

Scientists speculate that brain iron is affected by levels found elsewhere in the body and therefore could be altered, possibly lessening the risk for such diseases. Source: UCLA. Learn more about iron overload.

Alzheimer’s News

Alzheimer-s Insights – The New York Times, December 14, 2010: Beta myeloid excess in the brain is tied to Alzheimer-s Disease. This excess is now known to be due to a defect in its removal rather than an excessive secretion of the myeloid.