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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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