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Scientists Find A New Treatment To Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists Find A New Treatment To Cure Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most devastating mental deteriorations in our society with nearly 30 million people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.

Scientists are continually researching ways to slow down the deterioration process or reversing it altogether in the effort to help those affected by the disease – both sufferers and their loved ones. One team of scientists may have found an effective way to minimise and even reverse the signs of severe memory loss. The treatment involved a 36-point therapeutic, personalised plan carried out in ten patients who suffered from signs of dementia and mainly concentrated on medication, dietary changes, vitamin supplements, brain stimulation, and exercise aimed at changing brain chemistry. The results from the study were astonishing with several patients actually showing signs of reversed dementia.

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What The Treatment Involved

Up until now there has been no real significant treatment for Alzheimer’s and the disease is commonly controlled using medications that help slow down the progression of memory loss and confusion – but only for a limited time.

The team from UCLA and the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, and led by Dr. Dale Bredesen, decided to see if they could focus on a small study looking at lifestyle changes. This kind of treatment had already been successfully used in other chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and HIV suggesting that a broader-based therapeutic approach may be more effective in treating Alzheimer’s.

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They approached ten people who had been diagnosed with either Alzheimer’s or a precursor to the disease, such as various cognitive impairments, and enrolled them in an extensive 36-point programme aimed at diet, exercise, medication, sleep optimisation, and brain stimulation. Each participant had their own individually personalised plan that was followed for a 5 to 24 month period.

The Results

The results from this research were astounding. Not only did it reverse the dementia itself but the reversing process was able to be sustained leading to a major breakthrough in the potential diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.

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Despite the study being relatively small, the results are significant because the patients involved in the treatment carried at least one copy of a gene called APOE4 which is found in around 65 percent of Alzheimer’s disease sufferers. Up until now, doctors have avoided letting people know if they are likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease because there was no way of preventing it. However, with these new results it seems it is possible to treat and even prevent the disease from developing altogether.

Results In Individual Patients

To show how effective the treatment was, one participant – a man in his 60s – followed his personalised treatment for 10 months. He was suffering from severe effects of Alzheimer’s and part of his brain had shrunk to a volume at the 17th percentile for his age group. After his treatment, an MRI scan showed that this had increased to the 75th percentile – a major result that improved his cognitive abilities. In other words, his absolute brain volume increased by 12 percent.

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Another patient, also in his 60s, was at the point of giving up his business after 11 years of progressive memory loss and his ability to partake in sufficient daily routines was severely affected. In fact, his long-term memory was at the 3rd percentile for his age. However, after only 6 months on the new treatment, his memory improved so much that his ability to remember work schedules and people’s faces allowed him to carry on running his business. After continuing the treatment to 22 months, he had regained so much of his lost memory that he was now back to the 84th percentile for his age group.

Conclusion

This will be the news all those who’s loved ones suffer from this mind and soul-destroying disease have been waiting for. The results are so promising that larger studies are in place to research the effects even further – giving hope for millions of people around the world.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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