Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Bluefield WV

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.

Janak Raman Patel
(304) 275-3301
1301 Elizabeth Pike
Elizabeth, WV
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Maria Karina F Abad, MD
(304) 927-1495
PO Box 30
Spencer, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Cebu Doctors Coll Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1991

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Adnan M Nahla, MD
(304) 449-1895
400 Main St
Fairview, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Fateh, Fac Of Med, Tripoli, Libya
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Fairmont Gen Hosp, Fairmont, Wv
Group Practice: Monongahela Valley Assoc

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Anita Tabor Dawson, DO
(304) 743-5111
RR 2 Box 799
Milton, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wv Sch Of Osteo Med, Lewisburg Wv 24901
Graduation Year: 1983

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William Lee Harris
(304) 344-2451
3100 Maccorkle Ave Se
Charleston, WV
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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William C Boyd
(304) 255-2121
200 Veterans Ave
Beckley, WV
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Mehr Amjad Khan
(304) 691-1000
1249 15th St
Huntington, WV
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Ghassan Rahhal, MD
(304) 258-9248
2580 Fairview Dr Apt 1
Berkeley Springs, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Aleppo, Fac Of Med, Aleppo, Syria
Graduation Year: 1994

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Maksed S Choudry
(304) 263-0811
510 Butler Ave
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Vishal Bhagchand Malpani, MD
(304) 927-1495
881 Parkersburg Rd
Spencer, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Topiwala Nat'L Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1996

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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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