Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Albany OR

In a study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers from Brown Medical School found that reduced glucose uptake and decreased metabolism in the hippocampus—the area of the brain associated with memory—cause neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment.

Jeffrey M Haller
(541) 812-5696
1700 Geary St Se
Albany, OR
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Bruce Duffy, Do
(503) 371-2260
4182 VITAE SPRINGS RD S
Salem, OR
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Geriatric Medicine

Eliza Oh, Md
(503) 585-0777
960 LIBERTY ST SE STE 140
Salem, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
Associated Hospitals
Salem Hospital

Mircea S Rachita, MD
(917) 763-4288
335 Monta Vista Ln
Roseburg, OR
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1997

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Zuzanna M Wieckowska
(541) 942-6610
1515 Village Dr
Cottage Grove, OR
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Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Kenneth L Orwick
(541) 451-7200
325 Park St
Lebanon, OR
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Bonnie E Ross
(503) 569-7637
Monmouth, OR
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Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Aging/Gerontological, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
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National Certified Counselor

Sahana Misra, MD
503-220-8262 x5117
3140 SW Dosch Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1993

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Lisa Noelle Miura, MD
(503) 413-2901
2800 N Vancouver Ave Ste 230
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1997

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Jane Elizabeth Stilwell, MD
PO Box 1034
Portland, OR
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1976

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Food for Thought

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By Kris Kucera

Rarely does an extended family get a free pass from Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes mellitus. On the surface, these two afflictions appear totally unrelated —Alzheimer’s (AD), Mother Nature’s cruel version of identity theft; and diabetes, the glucose-metabolism disorder that affects both young and old alike. However, new research indicates that the two diseases behave in a similar manner.

In a study recently published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers from Brown Medical School found that reduced glucose uptake and decreased metabolism in the hippocampus—the area of the brain associated with memory—cause neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment. This, they say, suggests that a form of diabetes, tentatively dubbed type 3, leads to AD.

Type 1 diabetes results from a severe or complete lack of insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas that controls blood sugar. Type 2, dubbed adult onset diabetes (although these days it occurs in teenagers and even younger kids), also stems from a dearth of insulin, or insulin resistance —the existing insulin molecules cannot deliver glucose through the cells’ membranes. Surprisingly, the researchers found a new form of insulin, produced in the brain, and they believe that, over time, decreasing levels of this “brain insulin” and other insulin-related proteins ultimately precipitate AD. While levels of brain insulin have no known affect on a body’s overall blood sugar, scientists have long recognized that diabetes patients are more likely to develop AD than those without the disease.

Skeptics of the Brown team’s findings argue that our brains produce so little insulin in the first place, reduced levels of the hormone can’t possibly play a significant role in AD. Regardless, the new data show that AD may be a neuroendocrine disorder, thus increasing the possibility for more effective treatments. And that gives hope to all of us who may one day be touched, directly or indirectly, by the merciless hand of AD.

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