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—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #4 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Denmark recently reviewed a nationwide study to examine the relationship between pre-eclampsia (the onset of hypertension during pregnancy) and diagnosis of dementia later in life. Subjects included all women in Denmark with at least one pregnancy lasting …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #3 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Feeling ‘foggy’ after a sleepless night? There’s some science behind that. A large body of research links poor sleep and sleep issues (like apnea) to increased risk of Alzheimer’s, and it’s estimated that 15% of Alzheimer’s may be attributable …

—   In recognition of November as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this is blog post #2 of 4 in my series, to highlight Alzheimer’s research and shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study has found that experiencing major stress in childhood may increase the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Researchers from Finland recently analyzed data from an existing study – the population-based Kuopio Ischemic …

—   November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and my patients sometimes bring questions about studies gaining attention in the media. This month, I will highlight four studies which I find interesting, to shed light on ways we can preserve our brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Taiwan recently carried out a study among subjects with a history of stroke and who had taken statin medications, which are prescribed to treat high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. An …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 6 p.m. CT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

—   As research continues to explore the connections between lifestyle choices and Alzheimer’s disease, here’s a quick list of 10 ways to reduce your risk. Know your Risk: Genetics, gender, and a host of modifiable risk factors have been attributed to Alzheimer’s disease. Consult with a neurologist about assessing your own personal risk factors; if you need help getting started, visit www.northshore.org/brainhealth. Commit to Lifelong Learning: Learning new things – even in your sixties and seventies and beyond – keeps …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 6 p.m. CT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— It’s that time of year again – back to school! For most of us in the United States, receiving a formal education is assumed. Some of us even continue to achieve advanced degrees, and go on to hold cognitively challenging jobs. But we can’t stop after we walk across the stage to receive our diploma. Lifelong learning – and the kind of highly educated lifestyle that comes with it – is good for the brain!  Not only can education increase …

— By Dr. Smita Patel The importance of exercise is a message we hear from health professionals throughout our lives, and we are inundated with fitness messages in the media. Now you can add improved brain health to the long list of benefits from exercising. Research shows that aerobic exercise – such as walking briskly for 30-40 minutes, 3-4 days per week – reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In good weather, you can swap gym memberships, trainers and getting in the …

— Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, are a class of drugs that treat acid reflux and peptic ulcers. The three most commonly prescribed PPIs are omeprazole, pantoprazole and esomeprazole. In recent years, some studies reported that PPIs increase risk for dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. We hear patients asking questions about this issue, so I’d like to clarify what we currently know about this risk. Some large-scale observational studies have found that people taking PPIs long-term were more likely to develop dementia …