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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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Jenny Marchal

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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