Geriatric Healthcare Specialist The Dalles 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.

Frances May Yuhas
(541) 298-3747
818 W 6th St Ste 4
The Dalles, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Thomas Daniel Margulies
(541) 618-6443
229 W Stewart Ave
Medford, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Marian Osborne Hodges, MD
(503) 230-6085
6837 SE 36th Ave
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1985

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Donald Linklater England, MD
(541) 687-0592
2525 W 23rd Ave
Eugene, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1947

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Lisa Noelle Miura
(503) 413-4340
2800 N Vancouver Ave
Portland, OR
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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Denise M Dion, MD
(541) 298-2101
1873 B St
Hood River, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1990

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Preston Lane Peterson
(503) 276-6161
1130 Nw 22nd Ave
Portland, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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Shari Ann Sanders
(503) 885-7361
19185 Sw 90th Ave
Tualatin, OR
Specialty
Geriatric Medicine

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John Walker Maroney, MD
3912 NE 32nd Pl
Portland, OR
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Medicine-Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1986

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David John Zeps
(503) 499-5200
2701 Nw Vaughn St
Portland, OR
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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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