Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Medford NJ

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.

Claire Louise Jurkowski, MD
(215) 581-2049
10 Woodlake Ct
Medford, NJ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1974

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Stephen S Falkowski
(856) 985-4600
12000 Lincoln Dr W
Marlton, NJ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Gregory H Busch
(609) 267-2100
1561 Route 38
Lumberton, NJ
Specialty
Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Nirmala Selvam, MD
(856) 566-6843
5 Regan Ct
Voorhees, NJ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Thanjavur Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Thanjavur, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: Virtua Health -Voorhees, Voorhees, Nj; Kennedy Memorial Hospital -St, Stratford, Nj
Group Practice: Umdnj Som Dept Of Geriatrics

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Nirmala Selvam
(856) 228-1118
1405 Chews Landing Rd
Laurel Springs, NJ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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James Q Atkinson
(856) 797-9229
180 Tuckerton Rd
Medford, NJ
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Kyu-Won Kim, MD
404 Liberty Ln
Marlton, NJ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1994

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John Danl Domanski, MD
(856) 566-6843
419 Evans Ct
Mount Laurel, NJ
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1975

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Joanne Kaiser-Smith, DO
(856) 566-6845
14 Brownstone Blvd
Voorhees, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Sch Of Osteo Med, Camde
Graduation Year: 1984

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Ritchell R Dignam
(856) 228-1118
1405 Chews Landing Rd
Laurel Springs, NJ
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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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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