A new report published by Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Science and Environmental Health Network says environmental and lifestyle factors, not just genes, are major contributors to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. The report lists a broad range of ecological, health care, and lifestyle-related steps governments, communities and individuals can take to prevent Alzheimer’s and other diseases.
In Part 2 of a Tangled Neuron series on prevention, one of the primary authors of this report, Jill Stein, MD, talks about the science behind the new report.
The Alzheimer’s Study Group is proposing increased government funding and changes to government agency structures and rules to help bring Alzheimer’s prevention drugs to market. Part 1 of a Tangled Neuron series on prevention focuses on this group’s draft proposals.
The study was focused on prevention, and did not address whether ginkgo was effective in treating Alzheimer’s or other dementias. German researchers presented a study at ICAD this summer that showed ginkgo improved both psychiatric and cognitive symptoms in people diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia. Results of other treatment studies have been mixed.
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