PREVENTION OF DEMENTIA

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One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London. By 2050, 131 million people could be living with dementia globally. There are estimated to be 47 million people with condition at the moment.agy-szkenner-1050x846


9 facts of dementia risk

  • Mid-life hearing loss – responsible for 9% of the risk
  • Failing to complete secondary education – 8%
  • Smoking – 5%
  • Failing to seek early treatment for depression – 4%
  • Physical inactivity – 3%
  • Social isolation – 2%
  • High blood pressure – 2%
  • Obesity – 1%
  • Type 2 diabetes – 1%

DTI_white_matter_tracks_sThese risk factors – which are thought to be modifiable – add up to 35%. The other 65% of dementia risk is beyond the individual’s control. Source: Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention or care. Though dementia is diagnosed in later life, brain changes usually begin to develop years before,” said lead author Prof Gill Livingston, from University College London. “Acting now will vastly improve life for people with dementia and families and, in doing so, will transform the future of society.” The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual’s dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a “cognitive reserve”, which means strengthening brain’s networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage.Eve LairdImage captionEve Laird is taking part in a study on how to prevent dementia. Eve Laird, from Dumfries, is worried about dementia because her mum is living with the condition. She decided to make some changes to her lifestyle. “I’m terrible for eating processed foods and takeaways and I’ve really been trying to cut back on that.”I definitely drink a lot more water than I used to – and I don’t drink as much coffee now. “I actually took part in the Edinburgh marathon. For that I joined the Dumfries running club – I go there once a week.” She says she felt so much better for the exercise, and for improving her diet. “I felt a lot healthier and mentally sharper as well. It’s something I’d really like to continue, but it is hard to stay on track.” “I just think the small changes can make such a big difference.”Graph on forecast of dementia growth globallyFailure to complete secondary education was a major risk factor, and the authors suggest that individuals who continue to learn throughout life are likely to build additional brain reserves. Another major risk factor is hearing loss in middle age researchers say this can deny people a cognitively rich environment and lead to social isolation and depression, which are among other modifiable risk factors for dementia. Another key message from the report is that what is good for the heart is good for the brain.brainome

‘Positive changes’

Not smoking, doing exercise, keeping a healthy weight, treating high blood pressure and diabetes can all reduce the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease, and cancer. The researchers say they did not have enough data to include dietary factors or alcohol in their calculations but believe both could be important. Dr Doug Brown, director of research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Though it’s not inevitable, dementia is currently set to be the 21st Century’s biggest killer. We all need to be aware of the risks and start making positive lifestyle changes.” Dr David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Alongside prevention research, we must continue to invest in research to find a life-changing treatment for people with this devastating condition.”

BOTTLED SCENT DATED IN ADVANCE

jar filled with padding, hand-labelled Jan 19 2015A woman with dementia who went missing in Florida was found by a police dog in a matter of minutes, because she bottled her scent in advance. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said the woman used specialist scent preservation kit. It can hold a person’s scent for up to seven years. She stored the scent two-and-a-half years ago and a picture of the jar showed it was dated January 2015. The scent preservation kits involve rubbing a pad on a person’s underarm, sealing it in a sterile jar so police dogs have the reliable scent to smell before looking for a missing person. Manufacturers say they work better and more quickly than articles of clothing, because they are not contaminated by other people’s smells or smells from the environment. Dogs have a stronger sense of smell than humans and working police dogs are trained to sniff out drugs, people and in some cases corpses. So in this case, the missing person was found and the dog earned a celebratory ice cream.dog with ice creamThe dog, Ally, was rewarded with an ice cream after finding the woman.

LACK OF SLEEP LONG-TERM EFFECT 

Lack of sleep long-term causes parts of brain’s synapses to be ‘eaten’ by other brain cells, according to a new study by researchers at the Marche Polytechnic University in Italy. Astrocytes are a cell in the brain that clean out worn-out cells and debris. Scientists studying the brains of mice found these cells were more active when the animals had been deprived of sleep, breaking down more of the brain’s connections. “We show for the first time that portions of synapses are literally eaten by astrocytes because of sleep loss,” research leader Michele Bellesi told New Scientist. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as most of the synapses affected were larger and more mature, like old pieces of furniture and probably need more attention, cleaning said Bellesi. The more worrying finding was that ‘microglial’ brain cells, which seek out damaged cells and debris, were also more active in brain experiencing chronic sleep deprivation. “We already know sustained microglial activation observed in Alzheimer’s or other forms of neurodegeneration,” Bellesi said. And previous research found chronic sleep deprivation increases so-called plaques in the brain thought to be a main cause of Alzheimer’s and other dementias.agy-szkenner-1050x846

  • Sleeplessness and associated lack of productivity costs UK economy over £1billion a year, according to a study from Benson Beds.
  • UK adults lose 200,000 working days a year due to sleep issues.
  • 66% of insomniacs cite work stress as reason for inability to sleep.
  • A study from the Sleep Health Foundation has found a third of adults have made a mistake at work due to tiredness.

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Racism REDUNDANT

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Racism must be eradicated from within all hearts to see good in all humans as GOD’S Priceless Treasure of GREAT Value to God. Aaron and Miriam were punished by God for racism against Moses’ wife in Bible in Numbers 12:1-10. Miriam was struck with leprosy as whole camp was delayed by her actions towards her brother Moses. God afflicted Miriam with leprosy and sent her out of the camp for 7 full days. 2 This is for expressing racism about her brother’s marriage. Immediately GOD’S CLOUD PRESENCE DEPARTED from tabernacle tent her skin was leprous white as snow. Aaron a leader and priest spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman he married. Miriam was struck with leprosy, but not Aaron because she was first in the transgression. Both asked Moses to forgive them and Moses prayed to God for forgiveness on their behalf.  RACISM IS AGAINST GOD, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Racism is arrogant bigotry, self- destruction telling God, how DARE YOU CREATE a person in YOUR IMAGE AND LIKENESS unlike racist yet must live and interact with all. Racists questions God’s creation so projects toxic seeds of hatred sown in them in others wrongly seen as not good enough due to man- made eugenism. Proverbs 10:12 says Hatred stirs up strife meanwhile the person targeted has no control over their skin type, shape, size etc. or a perceived ideal. Each person has good qualities that can work together for the good of all. Society gains from combined shared experiences of multiculturalism and so racism, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny and all forms of oppression have no place in this world. People will be punished by God if they do not repent and treat others well. God WILL torture them in hell for how they treat GOD’S Children and creation on earth. God Creates people for HIS GLORY AND HONOUR, PLEASURE AS SOVEREIGN LORD and Patent OWNER of all human beings. And Jesus said whatever is done to the ‘least’ in society is attacking and offending God by those unaware of the consequences. Thanks to all taking time to express your Godly and Sound Biblical position BOLDLY standing up for justice in Society. And God bless you for your faith and love actions for God to heal society in Jesus Name. A kind smile and offer of water, food, clothing, acts of love action done to the ‘least’ in society is done to God. IMG_20161201_160530.jpgGod judges nations by their actions towards foreigners as Leviticus 19:34 says, treat strangers and foreigners residing among you well. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. In Exodus 22:21, again God’s Command is you must not vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. 20 Those who refuse to submit to GOD’S Authority or the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed. Fear and ignorance causes racism so replace it with mercy and compassion. The earth belongs to God including all silver, gold and a cattle on a thousand hills. Nobody brought any thing into this world so cannot take any thing out but faces judgement of God. So Kindness to fellow human beings cannot be compromised because God sees it all and will judge in the end. Those who think they are on top treating others badly must repent to change stony hearts to heart of flesh. God gives freewill, free to the extent God allows freedom and no farther. “All peoples of the earth are regarded limited in wisdom by God. HE does as HE PLEASES with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back HIS HAND or say to him: ‘What have you done?’ in Daniel 4:35. No one’s freewill trumps the Sovereignty of God so be kind because the stranger could be an angel God sent disguised to test you. The negative ideas sold as fun or entertainment cause harm to those at the receiving end. Christ gave His Life so mankind benefits by loving one another. Galatians 2:20 says change is possible for all who fear God because it is not their selfish will that rules or influences their actions. Rather they are compelled by the LOVE of God to do the right thing to PLEASE God. So crucified with Christ, no longer live by fear, hate but in Christ who Lives in all. The life lived in the flesh is by faith in Son of God Jesus who LOVES all and gave Himself as a Ransom to save all.  So the Bible says a generous person will be blessed by God for sharing food with poor people in Proverbs 22:9. Jehovah Jireh provides and COMFORTS all people hurting, discriminated against to reward all the years the cankerworms eaten from their wealth and toils in Jesus Name. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of LOVE, POWER and a SOUND MIND. Look Up to the God  of LOVE for the Bible in 1 John 4:8 says, Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is LOVE. By their fruits you know them so do not live in fear or in despair but Trust God to lead you in Christ daily. All can love through Christ Who Strengthens us to do the right thing becsuse Ephesians 2:10 says, For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. So your name will be written in the Book of life.