By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2021 12 Comments
    Can Sildenafil – Viagra Help Prevent Dementia?

    Few drugs have captured the world’s attention like Viagra (sildenafil). It changed the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED) and became a household word. Most health professionals attribute sildena…

    By: Joe Graedon December 9, 2021 2 Comments
    Is a Rapid Heart Rate a Risk for Dementia?

    There are lots of things that put people at higher risk for cognitive decline and dementia. Traumatic brain injury puts veterans at increased risk of dementia. Boxing and blows to the head can also in…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2021 23 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Most recently, Australian scientists discovered that coffee dri…

    By: Joe Graedon November 22, 2021 38 Comments
    Have You Lost Confidence in the FDA?

    We used to have a lot of confidence in the FDA. When we started writing about pharmaceuticals nearly 50 years ago, the agency was highly respected. It had mostly protected American children from the t…

    By: Joe Graedon October 7, 2021 16 Comments
    Can Anti-Herpes Treatments Prevent Alzheimer’s…

    Does a common virus contribute to Alzheimer’s disease? The herpes theory of Alzheimer’s disease has been ignored by mainstream medicine for decades. Almost 40 years ago a pathologist suggested tha…

    By: Terry Graedon October 7, 2021 22 Comments
    Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Defici…

    Whether they admit it or not, a lot of middle-aged and older people worry about senility. By this, they mean cognitive difficulties or even dementia, perhaps coupled with physical frailty. However, ge…

    By: Joe Graedon September 30, 2021 27 Comments
    Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Get…

    We have been writing about the dangers of anticholinergic drugs and dementia for more than a decade. There are dozens of studies and hundreds of articles referencing anticholinergic drugs and dementia…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1272: How Your Eyes Reveal Your Health

    You may have heard that the eyes are the window to the soul. That could be difficult to prove, but scientists have now shown that the eyes offer significant clues to your overall health. Most exciting…

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2021 10 Comments
    Show 1269: How the First Survivors of Alzheimer&…

    For more than a century, people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease have been condemned to a relentless slide into dementia. Experts stress that there is no cure for this devastating condition. Even …

    By: Terry Graedon August 5, 2021 3 Comments
    Will COVID-19 Increase the Risk for Later Dement…

    Could recovering from a COVID-19 infection leave a person more vulnerable to later dementia? Brain researchers are worried that COVID-19 infections could put survivors at higher risk for Parkinson dis…

    By: Joe Graedon August 2, 2021 45 Comments
    Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

    We are reposting this article because there were problems with it "jumping" in our "This Week at the People's Pharmacy" newsletter. We hope this version is more readable. We apologize for the inconven…

    By: Joe Graedon July 29, 2021 12 Comments
    Alcohol for Longer Life? How Much Is Enough and …

    The benefits and risks of alcohol consumption have been controversial for decades. Some studies suggest that “moderate” amounts of alcohol have health benefits. In other words, people who drink a …

    By: Terry Graedon July 22, 2021 0 Comments
    How Can You Keep Your Brain Healthy?

    Are there ways to keep your brain healthy as well as your body? Scientists with the Rush Memory and Aging Project suggest that the concept "use it or lose it" applies to gray matter as well as muscle.…

    By: Terry Graedon July 5, 2021 13 Comments
    Will Curry Alleviate Alzheimer’s?

    Could natural foods have an impact on cognitive capacity? Most specifically, could curry alleviate Alzheimer's disease? There are numerous spices in various curry dishes, but turmeric is a constant. S…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2021 5 Comments
    Show 1263: Can We Reverse the Aging Process?

    Can you reset your biological clock? You can’t make time run backward, but you may be able to slow or even reverse the aging process. Dr. David Sinclair believes that aging is far more reversible th…

    By: Terry Graedon June 24, 2021 2 Comments
    Which Blood Pressure Pills Help Protect Memory?

    High blood pressure is a risk factor for dementia as people age. However, people who take certain blood pressure medicines that cross the blood-brain barrier might be able to protect memory and c…

    By: Joe Graedon June 21, 2021 31 Comments
    Is FDA Credibility Irreversibly Damaged?

    The FDA is supposed to be the ultimate drug watchdog. This federal agency is the final arbiter of which drugs work and which don’t. The Food and Drug Administration used to have a reputation for ind…

    By: Joe Graedon June 17, 2021 12 Comments
    Will Aduhelm for Alzheimer’s Bankrupt Healthca…

    Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? It goes back at least 200 years and is attributed to Scandinavian folk tales. The story has also been called Henny Penny and Chicken Licken. Perhaps you re…

    By: Joe Graedon June 10, 2021 37 Comments
    New Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm: Breakthrough or …

    The FDA stirred up tremendous controversy earlier this week when it approved the new Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm (aducanumab). It’s being presented as the first medication to actually alter the Alzhe…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2021 1 Comments
    Is Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Dementia Risk?

    Some experts who study Alzheimer disease have suggested that it is closely linked to the metabolic problems of diabetes. Alternatively, they have proposed a diabetes-related dementia may differ from c…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2021 4 Comments
    Can You Delay Alzheimer Disease with Drugs for D…

    People with Alzheimer’s disease have distinctive lesions within their brains. Individuals with diabetes also have pathological changes resembling those seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. P…

    By: Joe Graedon March 11, 2021 4 Comments
    Why Are You Still Using An Antiperspirant?

    OK, we know that habits are hard to break. If you’ve been using sweat stoppers for years, you may just automatically reach for a familiar brand. Of course during the pandemic, you may be shopping on…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2021 4 Comments
    Will Lots of Veggies on the Menu Help Your Brain…

    If you are looking to reduce your risk of Alzheimer disease, you might want to pile lots of veggies on your plate. According to a new study, people who eat lots of veggies rich in carotenoids appear l…

    By: Terry Graedon December 17, 2020 2 Comments
    Will Cheese and Wine Save Your Brain?

    Epistemology Alert: This story is based on data from an epidemiological study, not a randomized controlled trial that fed people cheese and wine or other foods. (Epistemology is a fancy way of saying …

    By: Terry Graedon November 5, 2020 1 Comments
    Show 1234: How Microbes Evolve to Become Enemies…

    The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus behind COVID-19 is changing. This should not be a surprise, since microbes evolve by nature. What implications might this have for the infection in future months? We speak w…

    By: Terry Graedon October 15, 2020 5 Comments
    Show 1231: How Can Women Reduce Their Risk for D…

    Two out three people with Alzheimer disease are women. Why are they at higher risk for this devastating condition than men? Even more important, how can they reduce their risk for dementia? Many of th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2020 9 Comments
    Are There Cognitive Benefits to Moderate Drinkin…

    Researchers have been disputing the benefits and risks of moderate alcohol consumption for decades. Some studies have suggested that several drinks a week might be beneficial for the cardiovascular sy…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 2 Comments
    Show 1214: How to Defend Your Brain During the P…

    For decades, neurologists have been telling us that Alzheimer disease is driven largely by the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain. They have suspected that this is determined in large me…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 1 Comments
    Will Blood Pressure Medicines Prevent Alzheimer …

    Doctors have been debating the link between high blood pressure (hypertension) and cognitive decline for decades (BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, Nov. 3, 2016). They have been equally divided and uncert…

    By: Terry Graedon May 28, 2020 8 Comments
    Could Dementia Genes Make You Vulnerable to COVI…

    Investigators are trying to determine why some people remain asymptomatic after catching the SARS-2 virus while others become deathly ill. Could dementia genes make a difference? That earlier research…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2020 7 Comments
    PPIs and Cognitive Dysfunction: Anticholinergic …

    What happens when people end up taking two or three anticholinergic medicines? The greater the “load” of such drugs in the body, the higher the risk of brain fog. Could there be a connection betwe…

    By: Terry Graedon May 21, 2020 6 Comments
    What Should You Eat to Reduce Your Risk of Demen…

    Do you know how to keep your brain healthy as you grow older? Often, people want to know what you should eat to reduce your risk of dementia. We now have some answers to that question, thanks to the F…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2020 44 Comments
    Heartburn Drugs like PPIs Are Linked to Dementia

    PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are incredibly popular. Drugs like esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec) used to be only available by prescription. Physicians loved th…

    By: Terry Graedon April 9, 2020 24 Comments
    Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer…

    With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer disease, this condition is a serious public health problem. It robs people of their memories, their ability to function independently and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon March 30, 2020 16 Comments
    What Can Help You Stay Sharp as You Age?

    Do you know how to stay healthy? Chances are you are aware that exercise and diet are keystones of good health throughout your life. You and your health care provider may also be paying attention to y…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2020 6 Comments
    Surgery Doesn’t Boost Risk of Alzheimer Di…

    There’s good news and bad news about surgery under general anesthesia. Anesthesiologists have been debating the effects or surgical anesthetics on brain function for years. Some research suggests th…

    By: Terry Graedon March 12, 2020 4 Comments
    Can You Lower Your Dementia Risk With a Few Drin…

    For years, scientists have been arguing about the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption against Alzheimers disease. They have been very uncertain whether having a few drinks a week would lower your…

    By: Joe Graedon March 5, 2020 14 Comments
    How Dangerous is Aluminum for People? What’…

    Do doubt you have seen the commercial that repeatedly asks: What's in your wallet? That, of course, is the Capital One ad. We have a different question: What's in your armpit? If you use an antiperspi…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2020 32 Comments
    Aluminum and Alzheimer’s: The Connection Gets …

    Those old enough to remember the 1960s and 70s may recall that there were concerns about exposure to food cooked in aluminum pots and pans. The rumors were that aluminum was linked to Alzheimer’s di…

    By: Joe Graedon January 2, 2020 26 Comments
    Why Are There No Effective Alzheimer’s Drugs?

    According to the CDC, there are now nearly 6 million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s disease. Worldwide, dementia affects 50 million people. The financial, intellectual, emotional and physical t…