Geriatric Healthcare Specialist Pendleton 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 K Larkin
(541) 242-8300
4010 Aerial Way
Eugene, OR
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Family Practice, Geriatric Medicine

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Anthony Arthur Ohotto, MD
(503) 652-6612
13021 SE River Rd
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Family Practice
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1994

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David James Vandelindt, MD
(503) 571-3456
9800 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas, OR
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
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Male
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Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1994

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Kathleen Rose Farrell
(503) 215-9800
17727 E Burnside St
Portland, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Jeanne Kay Hildebrand, MD
18205 SW Rigert Rd
Beaverton, OR
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1990

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Gary Loren Glasser, MD
(503) 465-6481
390 Dellwood Dr
Eugene, OR
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Irvine, Ca Coll Of Med, Irvine Ca 92717
Graduation Year: 1975

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Stephen Brummer
(541) 608-7562
2960 Doctors Park Dr
Medford, OR
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Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Mark Leslie Traines
(503) 220-8262
3710 Sw Us Veterans Hospital Rd
Portland, OR
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Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas David Harburg
(503) 777-3311
7705 Se Division St
Portland, OR
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Geriatric Medicine

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Jane Elizabeth Stilwell, MD
PO Box 1034
Portland, OR
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Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
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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