New Science: How to Prevent Brain Drain [The Stack 015]

Hi There You Special Stacker,

Just like your body is subject to the not so nice environmental wear and tear, your brain also changes as you get older. 

As you age, it’s normal to have more of those, “oh what’s the name again?” or, “darn where did I put my…” moments. But a drastic or consistent decrease in your mental function may suggest something more serious. 

This week’s edition of The Stack delivers new science about dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease with a few ways that may help prevent our brains from being drained. 

Common drugs that may increase dementia risk

Medical News Today presented a large new study that discovered a common class of drugs (typically prescribed for conditions such as bladder problems, Parkinson’s disease, and depression) that may increase the risk for dementia. 

  • Anticholinergic drugs which inhibit the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, are often prescribed to help treat bladder conditions, gastrointestinal problems, and some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. 
  • Medical records of 58,769 people with dementia and 225,574 people without dementia, above the age of 55, were analyzed. 
  • Researchers found that anticholinergic drugs in general were associated with a higher risk of dementia. 
    • Anticholinergic antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, anti-Parkinson’s drugs, bladder drugs, and epilepsy drugs were associated with the highest risk. 
  • They concluded that people aged 55 or over who had taken strong anticholinergics on a daily basis for at least 3 years had an almost 50% higher chance of developing dementia than people who had not used this type of medication. 

Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer's progression

The American Heart Association News featured a Hypertension journal study that found that nilvadipine (a drug that’s regularly used to treat hypertension) may help people with Alzheimer’s disease by increasing blood flow to the brain.

  • Researchers observed 44 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Participants were randomly given nilvadipine or a placebo, for 6 months. 
  • Researchers used MRI to measure the participants’ brain blood flow, at the beginning and end of the study.
  • The findings showed a 20% increase in blood flow to the hippocampus (memory and learning area) from the group who took the nilvadipine in comparison to the placebo group. 

Sleep disorder puts people at 'very high risk' of Parkinson's

Another one by Medical News Today featured a Brain: A Journal of Neurology study that linked a sleep disorder with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. 

  • Researchers worked with 1,280 people with REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) across 24 centers of the International RBD Study Group
  • They assessed the participant’s motor function, cognitive abilities, and sensory abilities for 12 years. 
  • After the follow-up period, they found that 73.5 percent of the people involved had developed Parkinson’s disease. 
  • The findings confirmed that the presence of RBD is a strong predictor of Parkinson’s disease. 

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What else we're Stacking…

Blocking fatty acids slows prostate cancer progression [Medical News Today]

High levels of estrogen in the womb linked to autism [Science Daily]

Telling a 'white lie' may affect one's ability to recognize emotions [Medical News Today]

High blood pressure: Could gut bacteria play a role? [Medical News Today]

Antioxidant compound from soybeans may prevent marijuana-induced blood vessel damage [Science Daily]

Common food additive may impact gut bacteria, increase anxiety [Medical Xpress]

Want more?: Science Says Eat These 17 Brain Foods for More Focus and Memory

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