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 lays out what needs to be done to get stroke survivors closer to 100% recovery. 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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Some hypertension drugs linked to reduced Alzheimer's risk

Followup needed so don't expect anything for decades. Unless you really really think your doctors and stroke hospital are competent enough to get followup research started and completed.  Nah, that will never occur.

Some hypertension drugs linked to reduced Alzheimer's risk


University of Washington Medicine | November 02, 2018
Medical researchers are increasingly exploring medications used to treat chronic illnesses to see whether they also might stave off cognitive decline. A study published today in PLOS ONE suggests that some older adults who take a class of blood pressure medication called angiotensin-II receptor blockers, or ARBs, might be reducing their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Doug Barthold of the University of Washington and Julie Zissimopoulos of the University of Southern California, the study’s lead authors, compared different blood pressure medications and examined their potential cognitive benefits within subgroups of people based on race, ethnicity, and sex.
The researchers found that use of ARBs was associated with a lower rate of Alzheimer’s among black women and white women and men. Evidence of the reduced risk, however, was inconclusive among black men and Hispanic men and women.
“Repurposing existing drugs could be an inexpensive means to reduce the large and disparate burden of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Barthold, a UW research assistant professor in the School of Pharmacy. “By analyzing commonly used prescription drugs in Medicare claims data, we can identify relationships with Alzheimer’s disease onset across diverse populations,”
Strong evidence exists, he said, that managing high blood pressure is an important step to lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and that some antihypertensive drugs may be more protective than others.
The research included records of more than 1 million Medicare enrollees. ARBs containing valsartan, candesartan, and losartan were found to be more protective against Alzheimer’s than other antihypertensives, such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and four other classes of drugs.
The results merit additional observational studies and randomized control trials that include men and women from diverse racial and ethnic groups, to investigate whether the drugs are causing the effect, the researchers suggested.
Alzheimer’s disease is a growing public health problem. About 5.7 million Americans, most over 65, live with Alzheimer’s disease; that number is expected to grow to 7.1 million in 2025 and 13.8 million in 2050, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At that incidence, even small delays in disease onset could substantially reduce the financial and caregiving burden facing Americans—pegged at $277 billion and 18 billion hours, respectively, in 2018.
The building crisis also reflects the higher incidence of Alzheimer’s disease among women and racial and ethnic minorities, who are more likely to require high-intensity care and have unmet care needs.
“Alzheimer’s disease is an enormous public health concern, and while more than a hundred potential drug treatments are in clinical trials, there are still no treatments available to prevent or slow the progression of the disease,” wrote Zissimopoulos. She directs the aging research program at the USC Schaeffer Center. “All else being equal, for patients who are already being prescribed antihypertensives, these findings highlight a potential differential effect on their risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s, which a clinician may want to take into account.”
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