Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts

What should be occurring with stroke if it had hit the tipping point where all news about stroke is breathlessly reported. Failure on a massive scale from our stroke associations.
Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, more often than Alzheimers yet no reporting is done on that because our fucking failures of stroke associations seem to only put out 'happy talk'.
https://danablog.org/2017/01/24/alzheimers-every-minute-counts/
In the United States, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every minute; around the world, it’s every four seconds. “It is the biggest epidemic we have in this country,” says Harvard University’s Rudolph Tanzi, “I’m shocked that people aren’t panicked about what this disease is going to do to the country or to their families.”
This Wednesday (January 25) at 10 pm ET, PBS is premiering “Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts,” an urgent wake-up call about the national threat posed by the disease. The documentary includes interviews with doctors, caregivers, and longtime researchers of the disease, such as Dana Alliance member Tanzi.
With the number of people finding they have Alzheimer’s rapidly escalating as the baby boom generation reaches 65 and older, researchers estimate that by 2050, the rate of diagnosis won’t be every minute but every 33 seconds. Scientists and drug-makers have yet to find a cure; they cite a dire need of federal funding for further research. No lifestyle activity is guaranteed to prevent the disease, Tanzi says, but there are measures we can take, based on various epidemiology studies and trials, that can reduce risk.
Among those things, he recommends:
  1. Stay active. Exercise, which can help remove the pathology and stop inflammation (considered by many a key part of Alzheimer’s disease).
  2. Get enough sleep. Scientists have found that during the deepest part of sleep (slow-wave sleep) is the only time the brain doesn’t make the amyloid proteins responsible for creating the plaques associated with the disease. Tanzi recommends a minimum of seven to eight hours a night to ensure the brain has time to “clean itself.”
  3. Adopt a healthy diet. The Mediterranean diet has shown to be most effective in reducing risk; it includes more fiber, olive oil, fruits, nuts, more fish, vegetables, and less red meat.
  4. “Keep moving” physically, socially, and intellectually. Every time you learn something new, your brain creates new connections between synapses and strengthens the ones already there. In Alzheimer’s, what correlates most with the degree of dementia is loss of synapses.
To watch the full, four-minute video of Tanzi’s tips on keeping our brains as healthy as possible, click here.

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