Diabetes AND depression? Your risk for cognitive decline is higher than most

You may have read the diabetes and depression each increase your risk of cognitive decline, but what happens when you have both?A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle has found that people with comorbidity (i.e. the presence of two chronic diseases or disorders at once) have a much higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. The Danish study looked at data from 95,691 people who had depression and/or type 2 diabetes. They found: ...more

Maternal gestational diabetes linked to autism risk in new study

If you're pregnant and have gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), you baby's risk of autism is increased.That's what a new study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) has found. The study, which analyzed the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in 322,323 children born between 1995 and 2009. They tracked the children from from when they were born until  (for the 3,388 who had ASD) they were diagnosed with ASD. They found that of the 3,388 kids who developed ASD:- 115 kids were exposed to pre-existing type 2 diabetes...more

Why more vitamin E might help age-related cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer's

Did you know 96% of women (and 90% of men) in the U.S. don't get enough vitamin E in their diet? It's not a vitamin or mineral that gets talked about nearly as much as, say, iron, vitamin D, calcium or vitamin C. But researchers continue to learn more about its importance....more

New discovery in autism and language development differences

Why do some children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) go on to develop good language and conversation skills but others don't? That's a question scientists wanted to answer.Researchers at the autism center of excellence, which is part of the UC San Diego School of Medicine, studied 60 infants and toddlers with ASD and 43 that did not have it (control group).They used natural sleep fMRI methods to look at the kids' brain activity while they listened to excerpts from children's stories. ...more

ADHD decreases at higher altitudes

I live in Colorado so I found this very interesting.Higher altitude states have lower ADHD rates. In Utah, for example, the rate of diagnosed ADHD is 50% of states at sea level.And for every one foot increase in elevation, the likelihood of being diagnosed with ADHD decreases by .001 %.Why?1. Higher altitudes mean more dopamine production. Decreased dopamine is linked to ADHD.2. It could also be partially due to regional disparities in diagnosing ADHD....more

New study names 3 things that can reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment

A new study from the Mayo Clinic has found that 3 particular activities appear to reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as we age. 1. Artistic activitiesThe researchers studied 256 people (average age 87) that had no memory or thinking problems at the start of the study. They were followed for 4 years.During the 4 years, 121 of the people developed MCI.The adults who participated in arts and/or crafts (e.g., painting) during both middle and old age were at a 73% lower risk of developing MCI (compared to those who didn't)....more

Study shows breastfeeding longer leads to greater earnings as an adult

(DISCLAIMER: I know not everyone can--or wants to--breastfeed. This isn't a judgmental piece; I'm just sharing the results of a new study.)Researchers at Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil looked at the lives of 3,493 infants born in Pelotas, Brazil until they were about 30 years old. They measured their IQs and asked them about things like educational achievement and their income....more

Ultrasound seems to reverse Alzheimer's symptoms

Thanks to researchers in Australia, we may have a new treatment for Alzheimer's. The team used ultrasound waves to help restore memory in mice by stimulating their brains to activate microglial cells. Microglial cells form the core of the brain's immunological defense system.  How well did it work?1. They reduced the brain plaques in 75% of the treated mice.2. The mice who received the ultrasound waves had so much improvement that they became "indistinguishable" from the mice who didn't have Alzheimer's!...more

New M.I.N.D. diet may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's

A team of researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have created the M.I.N.D. (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Apparently, it's easier to follow than the Med or DASH diets. There are only 15 dietary components: 10 brain-healthy food groups and 5 unhealthy ones.You can probably guess many from each group. The good:1. green leafy vegetables2. other veggies3. nuts4. berries (especially blueberries and strawberries)5. beans...more

Research shows, as we age, men have worse memory

How many times has your husband said, "You never told me that" when you in fact told him 3 times? Depending on your age, there may be a legitimate reason for his memory deficit.New research that's been published in JAMA Neurology found that in a study of 1,246 cognitively normal people between 30 and 95:- men had worse memory than women at 40- men had lower hippocampal volume than women at 60- for people carrying the APOE E4 gene, their measurements were not affectedSo what's a wife to do?...more