Mental Health Notes Etc., Feb. 5th, 2009
Insulin may slow or prevent the memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Laboratory research led by a team from Northwestern University found that insulin acts as a shield that deflects the toxic proteins that attack the wiring in the brain responsible for forming memories.
“Therapeutics designed to increase insulin sensitivity in the brain could provide new avenues for treating Alzheimer’s disease,” A news release issued by the school stated
“sensitivity to insulin can decline with aging, which presents a novel risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Our results demonstrate that bolstering insulin signaling can protect neurons from harm.”
The findings also add to recent evidence that has some researchers considering Alzheimer’s a form of diabetes. The report was published online Feb 2nd in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Frank to Banks :
Warning bankers to stop “ being stupid,” The Chairman of a House financial oversight panel outlined a 2009 reform agenda that targets executive pay, hedge funds, and predatory lenders. Major banks and Wall Street will have their hands full this year dealing with the wide-ranging legislative package that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Barney Frank said he wants to pull together by April.
Everyday Health, Feb. 3rd
Our Future Today, Feb.4th