Tag: ageing

New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations

This morning I stumbled across some interesting research on alterations in the microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).[i]  I have written before about recent studies suggesting that such alterations lead to the amyloid deposits in the brain that are characteristics of the disease. Researchers at… Continue Reading “New Research on Alzheimer’s and Microbiome Alterations”

Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends

I just finished reading an interesting new article from the journal, Trends in Parasitology, “Can Parasitic Worms Cure the Modern World’s Ills?”[i]  A few highlights: The first subsection is entitled, “Worms Really May be Good for You, After All.”  (Um…yup.)   “…exposure to such persistent,… Continue Reading “Helminths: More on Our Missing Old Friends”

Inflammaging: Yet Another Good Reason to Work on Biome Health

Inflammaging = age related chronic inflammation.  It’s become a really hot word – and it sums up a lot of new findings lately. This week, the big excitement is study just published in Frontiers in Immunology.[i]  Researchers in the Netherlands transplanted gut bacteria from… Continue Reading “Inflammaging: Yet Another Good Reason to Work on Biome Health”

Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

I just spotted a little article[i] about “four modifiable risk factors” that can potentially “…cut the growing global incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD…”  As I’ve written about before, both AD and PD are very personal to me:  my Grandmother died… Continue Reading “Cutting Inflammation to Reduce the Risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s”

Helminths, Our Genes and Alzheimer’s – Mind Blowing!

One of the most interesting articles[i] I’ve read in a long time appeared in the New York Times this past weekend.  I highly recommend you take the time to read the whole thing but in case you’re pressed for time, here’s a quick synopsis:… Continue Reading “Helminths, Our Genes and Alzheimer’s – Mind Blowing!”

A Big Time Parkinson’s Brood

As I sit here this morning, the rain is heaving down outside.  It is dark and dismal and reminds me of my trip to the UK last week.  (Except that it’s 30 degrees warmer here!) This of course brought to mind some of the… Continue Reading “A Big Time Parkinson’s Brood”

Alzheimer’s – Nurture Versus Nature

Shortly after my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism, I began to understand that while there may be a genetic fragility that made him more prone to the illness, it was meaningless without the right environmental triggers.  I’ve written before about his “perfect storm,”… Continue Reading “Alzheimer’s – Nurture Versus Nature”

Metformin and Chronic Illness: A Life Extension Fan Letter

I’ve been a huge fan of Life Extension for many years.  I guess that their bad attitude appeals to me.  I am, after all, often pretty cranky myself about traditional modern medicine…in case you hadn’t noticed.  And yeah, I kinda do have a V… Continue Reading “Metformin and Chronic Illness: A Life Extension Fan Letter”