"Everything about our relationship to Alzheimer’s is in flux right now. The disease — once thought to be unpreventable — is beginning to look more like a multifacto...Read more
"Everything about our relationship to Alzheimer’s is in flux right now. The disease — once thought to be unpreventable — is beginning to look more like a multifactorial illness that might result from poor diet, a sedentary lifestyle, chronic inflammation, exposure to chemicals in the environment and genetics. Some scientists now describe Alzheimer’s disease as another form of diabetes; others are pursuing a link between Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular problems. And studies have shown a link between Alzheimer’s and exposure to air pollution and head injuries. Many researchers in the field, including Dr. Holtzman, believe that the key to defeating Alzheimer’s will be to catch it at the earliest possible moment and prevent it.
It remains unclear whether lifestyle interventions can significantly delay cognitive decline. But the members of ApoE4 group believe that by banding together, sharing data and collaborating with scientists, they can improve their odds. “We are genetic pioneers, modern-day canaries in the coal mine, searching for and testing out strategies,” reads the group’s website. Rather than seeing themselves as victims of genetic bad luck, Ms. Gregory and her collaborators regard themselves as citizen scientists and activists who may be able to outsmart the disease."...Read less
"Trying to stay trim as you age? Surprisingly, if you’re cutting calories to lose weight, adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginnin...Read more
"Trying to stay trim as you age? Surprisingly, if you’re cutting calories to lose weight, adding weights to your weight loss regimen may be more effective than beginning a walking program, according to a new study that adds to growing evidence that weight training is important for vigorous aging."...Read less
A growing body of research shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and to the kind of depersonalized care that is often both less effecti...Read more
A growing body of research shows that physician burnout and depression are linked to medical errors and to the kind of depersonalized care that is often both less effective and less palatable.
“It has been shown in some studies that if the physician is exercising, if the physician is taking care of themself, eating well, sleeping better, they have patients who have better clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Hilary McClafferty, a pediatrician who is an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. But the problem may be less the individual doctor’s health habits, and more the medical system that is hurting us all.
There is increasing conversation about “physician wellness” these days, as we look at how young doctors are trained, and at the physical, emotional and spiritual pathways of those who are supposedly (and arduously and extensively) trained to take care of others. Researchers use the Maslach burnout inventory to measure emotional exhaustion and depersonalization and feelings of competence and successful achievement in one’s work; physicians as a group do pretty well when it comes to the sense of personal accomplishment, but they tend toward emotional exhaustion and a sense of depersonalization, which can breed a cynical and dehumanized attitude toward patients....Read less