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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

New studies offer insights to identifying early-onset dementia

By Melissa Healy



Stopping or slowing condition might be easier than reversing it, and could, for all practical purposes, be as good as a cure


JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) With no cure in hand for Alzheimer's disease, many ask why someone would necessarily want an early diagnosis. But research continues to focus on detecting the earliest signs of dementia, and on the factors that give rise to some dementias or fuel their relentless progression.

Those findings may point the way to prevention strategies. And they may allow physicians to recognize Alzheimer's disease and other dementias before they have taken a measurable toll. Stopping or slowing it there might be easier than reversing it, and could, for all practical purposes, be as good as a cure.

Two new studies offer insights into what early-life factors may set the disease in motion, and how Alzheimer's might readily be detected in its earliest stages. One of those tracked nearly a half-million Swedish men from their late teens to middle age to discern possible triggers of early-onset Alzheimer's (defined as Alzheimer's diagnosed before age 65). Another explored the ability to recognize and name famous faces in those with early-onset dementia. The study identified the brain structures that are implicated when those deficits take root, and gives physicians a quick way to detect problematic cognitive changes in their patients.

That new screening test may be the only place where Princess Diana, Muhammad Ali, Albert Einstein, Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey and Pope John Paul II can all be seen in one sitting. If you're between 40 and 65 and can't name them readily, a physician might raise concerns about primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia that most often sets in in midlife and disrupts a person's ability to name objects and people, but leaves other cognitive skills intact.



If you don't seem to recognize many of the famous faces at all, a physician might explore further the possibility of frontotemporal lobar dementia or early Alzheimer's disease, both of which seriously disrupt facial recognition.

The screening test is the work of a group of researchers from Northwestern University, and is published in the journal Neurology.

In a study published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, a team of Swedish researchers took advantage of that country's traditions of universal conscription, universal health care and standardized medical records to see which young men were most likely to develop early-onset Alzheimer's. Tracking 488,484 men from their first military physical for an average of 37 years, they found that those with high systolic blood pressure, low cognitive function and short stature in late adolescence were significantly more likely to develop early-onset dementia.

In all, 487 of the men went on to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Other factors were seen far more frequently in young adults who would develop early dementia than in those who did not: paternal dementia, occurrence of alcohol or other drug intoxication, stroke, taking antipsychotic medication and depression.


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Young men with at least two of these risk factors, and who ranked in the lowest one-third in terms of cognitive function, had a 20-fold greater likelihood than average to develop early-onset dementia, the authors concluded. Collectively, the nine factors accounted for 68 percent of the instances of early-onset dementia one would expect to see in a broad population of men.

Hypertension in midlife has been associated with later dementia. But this is the first study to find that high blood pressure even in adolescence may boost a person's risk of developing dementia. That finding alone may suggest a strategy for preventing catastrophic cognitive decline — treating hypertension early and aggressively, wrote Dr. Deborah A. Levine of the University of Michigan Health System's Department of Internal Medicine in an accompanying editorial.

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