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Solving the Puzzle of Alzheimer’s Disease-Is it MCI or Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s disease is perhaps one of the most misunderstood neurological disorders, and for good reason.  Criteria for diagnosing mild Alzheimer’s continues to change, and there are many conflicting views on diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease In order to fully understand Alzheimer’s disease, comprehending some of the applicable medical terms is [...]

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, [...]

Alzheimers Diet Brain Healthy Alternatives

Wow! We we have now received over 700 responses to our recent post on Facebook, asking our experts to help suggest Brain-Healthier alternatives for their meals. Here are two Brain-Healthy meal suggestions, based on the new book, The Alzheimer’s Diet, by Drs. Isaacson and Ochner. If you would like our Experts to suggest Brain-Healthier alternatives for your [...]

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 [...]

Alzheimer’s Diet News: Omega-3s reduce beta-amyloid

A new study published in last weeks journal of Neurology (Gu and colleagues, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) showed that higher dietary intake of certain types of Omega-3 fatty acids, or polyunsaturated fats (called PUFA) was associated with lower plasma levels of the pathologic protein found in Alzheimer’s disease (called beta-amyloid protein 42).  [...]

Grape News! Concord Grape Juice found to help memory loss

Grape News! A new study has found that concord grape juice can help memory function in patients with mild cognitive impairment (memory loss due to “pre” Alzheimer’s disease). Like the recent study on blueberries and strawberries (read below), polyphenol compounds found in berry fruits (especially flavonoids) have again been found to improve thinking skills and brain function. This was [...]

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, [...]

Exercise for Alzheimer’s Prevention? Read Time Magazine and WebMD Interviews with Dr. Isaacson

Get Moving Today! New Research shows daily physical activity (from regular exercise to household chores) may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and mental decline even in people older than 80. Read the interviews with Dr. Isaacson to learn more. Read Interview for WebMD.com: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/news/20120418/any-exercise-may-cut-alzheimers-risk-at-any-age Read Interview for Time.com: http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/19/can-household-chores-help-prevent-alzheimers/ For the latest comprehensive plan to [...]

Alzheimer’s Diet Overview by Dr. Isaacson, Featured in the Miami Herald

Food for thought: Good diet equals healthy mind! This article in today’s Miami Herald gives an excellent overview of how to keep the brain healthy and improve memory through diet. Dr. Isaacson’s AD diet plan and new research is highlighted. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/16/2752112/food-for-thought-good-diet-equals.html#storylink=cpy For more info on the best types of foods to eat, [...]

Bexarotene: New drug for Alzheimers Disease?

New Alzheimer’s Study: The drug bexarotene was shown in mice to clear plaques & improve thinking skills.  The good news is that this drug is currently FDA-approved for skin cancer treatment, but it will take many years to confirm these results in humans. Making progress, but still more work to be done!

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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