24 October Periodontal disease bacteria may kickstart Alzheimer’s October 24, 2018 By Sue James Dental Health aging, alzheimers 0 Long-term exposure to periodontal disease bacteria causes inflammation and degeneration of brain neurons in mice that is similar to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, US researchers have found. A recent study by a team from the University of Illinois, Chicago—and published in PLOS ONE—suggests that periodontal disease may be an initiator of Alzheimer’s, which currently has no treatment or cure. “Other studies have demonstrated a close association between periodontitis and cognitive impairment, but this is the first study to show that exposure to the periodontal bacteria results in the formation of senile plaques that accelerate the development of neuropathology found in Alzheimer’s patients,” Dr Keiko Watanabe, professor of periodontics at the UIC College of Dentistry, said. Read more ... Related Cardiovascular disease linked with other chronic medical conditions Roughly half of patients admitted to Australian hospitals with a cardiovascular disease also have multiple chronic medical conditions that require complex treatment, a study suggests. Alzheimer’s vaccine at next stage of trials A vaccine that represents an “interesting approach” to treating Alzheimer’s disease has reached the next stage of clinical trial. Cancer Institute NSW - Take one small step to make one big difference Despite the significant reduction in smoking rates across NSW, tobacco remains the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW with over 47,000 people hospitalised and nearly 5,500 deaths attributed to smoking each year. MERS and the Hajj (August 19 to August 24) Approximately 3000 Australians travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia each year for the annual Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj).The Kingdom is experiencing an ongoing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), associated with infections in healthcare facilities and exposure to camels and camel products. Parkinson's diagnosis — the eyes have it Doctors may soon be able to detect Parkinson’s disease with a simple eye scan, thanks to a new link between a thinning eye retina and Parkinson’s disease. Rural Australia - Don't Opt Out Australia’s peak body for rural and remote health is urging all country people to embrace My Health Record - an online summary of their health information. Comments are closed.