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Use it or lose it! Evidence to support brain & body exercise to fight memory loss

Use it or lose it! Read the interview with Dr. Isaacson on WebMD on new research showing that staying physically and mentally active can help fight memory loss. It is essential to take a comprehensive approach for preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, and this can include dietary changes, physical exercise, mental exercise, [...]

Solanezumab Effective in Mild Alzheimers Disease: Interview with Dr. Isaacson

Results released this week on the experimental Alzheimer’s drug Solanezumab were met with both excitement and skepticism by experts in the AD community. Read the excerpt below from an interview with AD specialist Dr. Richard Isaacson, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Author of Alzheimer’s Treatment [...]

Non-drug Alzheimer’s Treatments: Music and Light Therapy for Memory loss and Sleep

New research supports the use of Music and Light Therapy in the management of Alzheimer’s disease Music: El Haj and colleagues studied how listening to music could stimulate memory in Alzheimer’s patients, as well as young and normal adults without memory loss. Participants were asked to remember autobiographical events after being exposed to their own chosen music, and [...]

Alzheimer’s Association Conference – Research News and Highlights (AAIC 2012)

New and exciting research presented this week at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2012 may lead to several new treatment options in the future.  See the article below for details, but highlights include: 1. Three years of stabilization of Alzheimer’s symptoms with IVIG (Gammagard). While the small number of ptients in the study limits the reliability of the results, a larger [...]

New Gene Found May Reduce AD Risk & Lead to New Treatment

A exciting new article published in the journal Nature has found a new gene that is associated with a reduced risk of both Alzheimer’s disease as well as cognitive impairment due to age, and may also lead to new prevention drugs in the future. Read the interview with Dr. Isaacson on WebMD for more information, including [...]

Reducing Risk of Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease During Hospitalization

A study published this week by a research team at Harvard Medical School (Fong and colleagues) has identified a new risk factor for cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that Alzheimer’s patients who are hospitalized and also suffer from a condition called “delerium” have much worse outcomes. What is delerium? This is [...]

NIH funds new Alzheimer’s research

Two exciting new research proposals were just funded by the US Government (National Institutes of Health) for nearly $25 million dollars – one on early-onset patients using an anti-amyloid drug, and the other using inhaled nasal insulin (exciting preliminary study by Craft and colleagues earlier this year).  Regarding the first study, there is much ongoing [...]

New Article Reviews Comprehensive Approach to Managing Dementia Patients: Considering the Caregivers

April 30, 2012 – A new article was published in the journal Practical Neurology, outlining a comprehensive approach in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, and with a focus on Caregivers. The article is authored by Dr. Isaacson and is available for free online. It reviews the prescription drugs, a new prescription medical food, and scientifically proven vitamins, supplements, [...]

Antioxidant Combo Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and alpha lipoic acid, or Co Q10 shows no benefit when taken in pill/supplement form

Research News: The antioxidant combination of Vitamin E, C, and alpha-lipoic acid (when taken in pill form) was found to have no effect on Alzheimer’s patients (spinal fluid lab results improved slightly but memory function actually worsened slighly). In addition, CoQ-10 also had no effect. Past studies have shown benefits of eating a diet rich [...]

About

Harvard-trained Neurologist, Richard S. Isaacson, M.D. currently serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, Vice Chair of Education, and Education Director of the McKnight Brain Institute in the Department of Neurology at the University of Miami (UM) Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and his medical internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL. Prior to joining UM, he served as Associate Medical Director of the Wien Center for Alzheimers disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai.

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