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.

Cynthia A Winger
(304) 736-5247
659 Central Ave
Barboursville, 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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Raveen Mehendru, MD
28 Oakwood Rd
Fairmont, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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Rebecca Ann Cook, MD
(304) 293-5411
207 Aurora Dr
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1994

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Marivi S Mauricio Tan, MD
(304) 269-1210
PO Box 1127
Bridgeport, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1989

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Karen Jon Rudolph
(304) 263-0913
1002 Sushruta Drive
Martinsburg, WV
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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

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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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Vincent W De La Garza, MD
(304) 598-0695
6003 Woodland Bluff Rd
Morgantown, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: W V University Hospital -Ruby, Morgantown, Wv
Group Practice: University Health Associates

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Albert J Grant, MD
(605) 745-5783
PO Box 747
Weston, WV
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1950

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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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