Showing posts with label Alzheimer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alzheimer. Show all posts

Sunday, 15 January 2023

Joker, PBA, and Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 12

If you are a moviegoer, then, you might enjoy watching this kind of movie, called as the Joker.



Image 1- Joker 2019 and the others.

Proud about the enthusiastic of folks in this world about this movie. Hence, no surprising that a week after opening in Hollywood, Joker had made $548.2 million globally.

We knew, there is no joke in this Joker, actually. The reviewers give many opinions about this rated R movie.

Many pros and cons about the characters and violence of this villain.



Image 2- A New Year gift, just for illustration



Image 3- A dog is running on yard, just for illustration.

One of my best friends, Connie, is a movie-goer. She went to Movie Tavern Citiplace at our city, Baton Rouge, LA to enjoy this drama (thriller) with two hours duration.

The next day I asked her what was the most interesting about the movie. Her answer is his laugh.

# To be continued to Part 2

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Sunday, 18 December 2022

Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 3 - Alzheimer's 11

You may read previous posts (Part 1 and 2):

- Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 11

- Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 11



Image 1- Brain health of book part.

Dr. Marwan Sabbagh is medical doctor who practicing in geriatric dementia. He worked with the talented chef Beau MacMilan, a Food Network star.

Chef MacMillan created and developed the do-able recipes by using the brain-boosting ingredients.

Besides Mediterranean diet recipes, the book also include Vitamin B-rich recipes and Folate-rich recipes for cognitive health.

High-spice recipes, brain-boosting juices, green-tea treats to get antioxidants into diet.



Image 2- Walking path, illustration



Image 3- Blue sea crab, illustration only

Turmeric, cinnamon, and berry recipes to prevent inflammation. Many fishes (seafoods) recipes to get good fats.

So, about 100 recipes in this book that created from many kind of brain-boosting ingredients and super food for brain.

The recipes for brain health include drinks, breakfasts, main dishes, salads and soups, also snacks and starters.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 11

You may read the previous post (part 1):

- Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 11



Image 1- Part of the book

Because the countries very close to the ocean, so fish is one of their main sources of protein.

You know that there are 22 countries around Mediterranean sea, some of them are: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Malta, Monaco, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt and Israel.

Those people in the areas also drink red wine in daily basis but always in moderation in term of quantity.



Image 2- Myrtle flowers, illustration



Image 3- Play soccer, illustration

It is also the back way how the people around that areas eat and life. They like to eat together, share their meal, and engage in many daily routine activities altogether.

About the Mediterranean diet is also explained by Dr. Marwan Sabbagh in his book, The Alzheimer's Prevention Cookbook, Recipes to Boost Brain health.

This cookbook is based on evidence of the nutrition. The “science to table” plan that can reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease or any other forms dementia: “Eat Smart, Stay Sharp”

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Friday, 11 November 2022

Mediterranean Diet and Alzheimer's Prevention – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 11

From the acronym SHIELD, a new hope to prevent dementia in last week's entry, the letter D in the last word is stand for diet.



Image 1- Menu for Alzheimer's diseases.

You may read the previous posts about SHIELD:

The doctors mention that gut health tied to brain health, and have suggested Mediterranean as one of the best diets.

It will help the risk of Alzheimer's in “a half.”



Image 2- Pine’s fruit, illustration



Image 3- Wild pink lily, illustration

What is the Mediterranean diet? Is it a kind of awesome food from Mediterranean restaurants such as a plate of lamb shank or a piece of Italian pizza?

Mediterranean diet that Doctors recommend is based on the traditional fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats.

The diet from the countries which border with the Mediterranean Sea. The food is rich with legumes and seeds.

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Thursday, 27 October 2022

The SHIELD is a New Hope to Protect Our Brain – Part 3 - Alzheimer's 10

You may read previous posting (Part 1 and 2):

- The SHIELD is a New Hope to Protect Our Brain – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 10

- The SHIELD is a New Hope to Protect Our Brain – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 10



Image 1- Illustration (credit to Massachusetts General Hospital)

Here her short explanations (please read Part 2):

Sleep - We need to get enough sleep because sleep can clearing out the debris (or the thing is not good) from our brain. Sleep enough for 7-8 hours a day. A nap is counted!

Handle stress – Doing some meditation. Stress promotes inflammation, any meditation can reduce brain inflammation.

Interact with friends - Engaged with people you like. Loneliness can increase risk this disease two-fold. So stay active with people who like to be socialize.



Image 2- Cloud in the city, illustration only



Image 3- Walking path, illustration

Exercise - Exercise and exercise. It can create new cells.

Learn - Learn new things. Try to learn a language or an instrument or music or dance, or anything we like to learn. It can increase new synapses and force the old synapses.

Diet - Try Mediterranean diet. Gut health tied to brain health. Healthy gut bacteria decrease inflammation.

So, keeping up the healthy life habit. Shield the brain.

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Sunday, 16 October 2022

The SHIELD is a New Hope to Protect Our Brain – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 10

You may read previous posting (Part 1):

- The SHIELD is a New Hope to Protect Our Brain – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 10



Image 1- Learning a new language.

Healthy Lifestyle habit is a new finding that can prevent inflammation of the brain cells.

Healthy life is amazingly able to protect our brain. Dr call this brain protector is the “shield.”

We can reduce up to 60% risk of inflammation that can cause the Alzheimer's disease through healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Natalia Azar in an interview introduce acronym of the brain protector.



Image 2- Autumn trees, illustration

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Image 3- A little library, just for illustration

The Acronym is:

S H I E L D

Sleep

Handle stress

Interact

Exercise

Learn

Diet

What are the explanations for acronym?

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Monday, 3 October 2022

The SHIELD is a New Hope to Protect Our Brain – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 10

The NBC TODAY released a short video about a new hope to against Alzheimer's disease.



Image 1- Hummus, one of Mediterranean cuisine

A background of the message in the video is the sadness of a longtime journalist.

He has to write down everything because of the impairment of his short memory. Everything can be gone in 30 seconds. He can't remember them.

He was diagnosed Alzheimer's since 9 years ago. His mother dead from this disease, and now, his son fear of it.

This video reminds me to a friend of mine, she is also a bit worry about her dad since her dad was diagnosed probably has Alzheimer's.



Image 2- Just at neighborhood



Image 3- Wreath for Christmas

She said her dad is still okay, his forgetfulness is still in “normal”. She said her dad taking dexa (dexamethasone).

Dexa is for inflammation.

Inflammation, that is what Dr in video TODAY mention about. He compares the images between the brain severe with Alzheimer's and the healthy brain.

In the brain with Alzheimer's disease, there is inflammation that cause tangles and plaques. No current medicines can cure Alzheimer’s. They only help lessen symptoms for a limited time. Inflammation is a new target.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022

Learning a New Language Against Alzheimer's Disease – Part 2 - Alzheimer's 9

You may read previous post (Part 1):

- Learning a New Language Against Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 9



Image 1- Learning Spanish.

Brian Gold, a neuroscientist found that people who bilingual since childhood are better at the high order thinking than monolingual seniors.

Craik and his colleagues conducted research for 211 patients who diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's in clinics at Baycrest, Toronto, Canada.

They classified the patients in two groups as:

- bilingual (102 patients)
- and as monolingual (109 patients).



Image 2- White flower

He said “We found that the bilingual patients had been diagnosed 4.3 years later and had reported the onset of symptoms 5.1 years later than the monolingual patients. Bilingualism thus appears to contribute to cognitive reserve, which acts to compensate for the effects of accumulated neuropathology”



Image 3- Learn French from Google Play

The data confirm that lifelong bilingualism give a protection against the onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

How about learning a new language in adulthood?

Learning a second language increase the density of grey-matter” Michelli (2004) published his research in Nature. “The degree of structural organization in this region is modulated by proficiency attained and the age of acquisition”

To avoid cognitive decline, keep our brain healthy by applying “use it or lose it” with learning a new language.

Have you interested to learn a new language?

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Thursday, 1 September 2022

Learning a New Language Against Alzheimer's Disease – Part 1 - Alzheimer's 9

Can you speak more than one language?

Here, in my community, one of activities of churches and libraries is to facilitate communities to learn new languages.



Image 1- CD to learn several foreign languages, illustration only

This service is free, and everybody can join them. A chapel on campus serves not only English (English Second Language) but also:

- Spanish
- and Chinese.

How fun!

For children, many of them grow up exposed to two different languages from an early age.



Image 2 – Customers at a vendor



Image 3- A book cover, illustration

It does not hard for them to learn more than one language at the same time, even they tend to borrow one word from another.

We still remember the concepts in the past about bilingual. It said that bilingual was bad for brain.

By then, many scientists have conducted research about bilingual and multilingual.

The research had been done for bilinguals in all levels of ages, from bilingual in baby to bilingual in elderly. Many amazing findings about them.

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Monday, 15 August 2022

Why does Gum Disease cause Alzheimer's?- Part 2 - Alzheimer's 8

 You may read the previous post (Part 1):

- Why does Gum Disease cause Alzheimer's?- Part 1 - Alzheimer's 8



Image 1- Gum infections (Credit: Shutterstock)

There is a wide range of bacteria in our mouth.One of them is Porphymonas gingivalis, causes the gum disease.

The big group of bacteria grow and forming a plaque, and the worse one they release toxins and cause inflammation.

Once the oral cavity is infected by P. gingivalis, they may access the brain through some pathway including: cranial nerves, monocytes, endothelial cell in the blood brain barriers.



Image 2- People, illustration only



Image 3- Plants sold in the market, illustration

When P. gingivalis enter the brain, they spread slowly for years and also damage neuron to neuron.

Gum disease or gingivitis is common and preventable. Symptoms include:

- swollen
- red
- and tender gums.

Regular dentist visits are important for gum disease prevention and treatments.

Treatment includes professionally cleaning around teeth to prevent bone damage. Prevention can begin at home by brushing and flossing twice a day.

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