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People with healthy but elevated blood sugar levels more likely to have memory problems

People with slightly elevated but not unhealthy levels of sugar in their blood are more likely to perform worse on memory tests than people with lower levels, according to a new study. Previous studies have shown that people with blood sugar disorders such as pre-diabetes and diabetes are more likely to have poor brain function and dementia. A team of researchers led by Agnes Floel, a neurologist at Charite University Medicine in Berlin, set out to see if the same was true for people with slightly higher – but still considered normal – blood sugar levels. The study involved 141 ... Read More

Failed Alzheimer’s drug may help people at risk for the disease

Just a month after Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer Inc. put the brakes on the development of a new drug that failed to improve mental decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, the drug companies announced that the medication does reduce the physical damage in the brain caused by plaque and may be helpful in people who are predisposed to the disease. The drug is an intravenous formulation of bapineuzumab, a monoclonal antibody intended to break up beta amyloid protein plaques that form in the brain and can lead to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. News that ... Read More

FDA warns of mercury poisoning with some cosmetic creams, soaps

Consumers are being warned not to use certain types of skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps or lotions because they contain mercury. Exposure to mercury can cause serious health consequences including damage to the kidneys and nervous system. The products in question are marketed as skin lighteners and anti-aging treatments that remove age spots, freckles, blemishes and wrinkles. Adolescents also may use these products as acne treatments. Products with this toxic metal have been found in at least seven states. The products are manufactured abroad and sold illegally in the United States – often in shops in Latino, Asian, African, ... Read More