Category Archives: Research

Here’s what I found about India and Alzheimer’s disease 

Several weeks ago something occured that got me a little excited. It was finding out about the low occurence rate of Alzheimer’s disease in India. I decided to look into it, as a layman of course.

First came a lot of searching on the internet, then a few calls to very patient scientists. My travels out west had put me together with folks from India, so next I drove to some and asked permission to interview them. None turned me down. Remember, I’m not a scientist, but I feel good about the way I handled this little project. On this unscientific fact finding trip I sampled some of the food they eat, and heard about their customs, as far as food is concerned.

India has plenty of folks that live as long as we do, and from the Internet I read those folks have about 20% of the Alzheimer’s disease America has. 

Many of the articles on the internet said the difference seems to be what they put in their mouth. My questions during the interviews were open ended, not leading. Same results, the folks I spoke with, that had an opinion, think the difference is caused by what they eat.

  • not much processed food 
  • not much meat
  • the words “plant based diet” came up
  • they go to market often
  • the word Turmeric came up often

I enjoyed this excercise and hopefully made some lifelong friends. 

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this may be a huge part of the health problems America has 

Regardless of the economic climate, money and finances have remained the top stressor since our survey began in 2007.

See what you think about this.

http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/02/money-stress.aspx

Taking aim at drug reactions – from the NIH

https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2017/11/30/creative-minds-taking-aim-at-adverse-drug-reactions/amp/

nursing homes find bed, chair alarms do more harm than good?

Unintended consequences? In the social sciences, unintended consequences are outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action.

This is an interesting article for your consideration from the Boston Globe on March 13th, 2015;

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/03/12/nursing-homes-find-bed-chair-alarms-more-harm-than-good/DRDPznq6wtv8OtMNXufiJM/story.html

Here is another article from Apnews.com;

https://apnews.com/1b34373c50f74a2dba29ac17d5533c11

About an observational study – from the National Institute of Health #ENDALZ 

https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/clinical-trials/health-care-use-and-costs-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-early-stage

In 2009, the AGS came out in favor of prescribing opiods to seniors

with moderate or severe pain. I first heard of this in early 2012. It was controversial. If this is of interest to you, use Google.  There is a lot of information available. There have been some unintended consequences following that recommendation. The American Geriatric Society didn’t think seniors would become addicted. Thoughts that may come to mind immediately may be, how has this affected dementia diagnosis, and what kind of affect has it had in nursing homes.

 I am intrigued by the amount of unintended consequences that may shape our lives.

My Google search started with “Opiods and seniors” and expanded after reading. So-called experts think that unintended consequences are usually caused by decisions made with speed in mind, not accuracy. 

If this interest you, I wish you well with your research.

What is alzheimer’s disease? article from the NIH

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-alzheimers-disease

an “Alzheimer’s Society” article about research 

When research shows that a new approach would benefit people affected by dementia, we then need decision-makers to understand the advantages of doing things differently, including cost-effectiveness. Getting these decision-makers on board means they can go on to influence other people, who can make a difference in their services and in other local areas.

The paragraph above is from the article the link below will take you to; 

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20234/octnov_2017/1225/research_into_reality

Research facilities we visited #ENDALZ

UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging in Little Rock, Arkansas

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The University of Colorado Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome in Denver, Colorado

from the National Institute on Aging 

47.3 : Average life expectancy at birth, 1900.

78.7 : Average life expectancy at birth, 2011

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43 million : Number of Americans aged 65 and over, 2012

72 million : Estimated number of Americans aged 65 and over, 2030

89 million : Estimated number of Americans ages 65 and over, 2050

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6 million : Number of Americans ages 85 and older. 2012

19 million : Estimated number of Americans ages 85 and older, 2050

These numbers come from the NIA Strategic Directions 2016