Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Laurel MS

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.

John Phenis Hey
(662) 453-6177
405 River Rd
Greenwood, MS
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Geriatric Medicine

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Russell E Belenchia
(601) 774-8211
24345 Highway 15
Union, MS
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine, Emergency Medicine

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Chere Hunter Peel
(601) 362-4471
1500 E Woodrow Wilson Ave
Jackson, MS
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Kimberly C Teal
(601) 984-6197
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS
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Geriatric Medicine

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Renee Lee Bowling, MD
(228) 388-5541
Hattiesburg, MS
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1989

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Katharine H Travis Gregg, MD
(601) 984-6440
2500 N State St
Jackson, MS
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1994
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Hospital: M S Methodist Rehab Center, Jackson, Ms; Univ Of Mississippi Med Ctr, Jackson, Ms
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Jolanta Ewa Roszkowska, MD
1488 Highway 487
Scooba, MS
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
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Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1982

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Jerry Wayne Iles
(601) 445-4616
150 Jefferson Davis Blvd
Natchez, MS
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Geriatric Medicine

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Samuel D Austin, MD
(662) 843-3606
810 E Sunflower Rd
Cleveland, MS
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1944
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Hospital: Bolivar County Hosp, Cleveland, Ms
Group Practice: Cleveland Medical Alliance

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Sanjib Das Shrestha, MD
Madison County Medical Center 1421peace Street
Ridgeland, MS
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Armed Forces Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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