Eye Test May Identify Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Appear

Researchers may have discovered a way to identify early Alzheimer’s using a device that examines eyes.

Seeing a Connection

A study out of the University of Minnesota has linked what can be happening in the brain through the use of an eye test. So far, there hasn’t been a way to detect the onslaught of Alzheimer’s before the physical and behavioral symptoms appear.

When Alzheimer’s strikes, the brain, and the eye’s retina undergo similar changes. Scientists understand that Alzheimer’s patients possess an amyloid plaque build-up in the brain. That build-up causes progressive cognitive and memory decline. Until now, there’s been no way to view when that build-up begins. That would be the extremely early stages of the disease.

Detecting the very early stages (before symptoms even appear) can be crucial in the advancement of Alzheimer’s treatment.

Eye Spy

The eye exam measures change in the reflection of light off of the retina. The patterns of light changed progressively as Alzheimer’s further sets in. The experiment was done with mice.

The retina and the brain are connected as part of the central nervous system. So, as changes in the retina occurred, the researchers noted similar changes happening in the brain. Using a specialized device, they could more readily view changes through the eyes.

Fighting Plaque

Dr. Robert Vince, director of the Center for Drug Design, noted, “This technology is a noninvasive way to identify Alzheimer’s disease before plaque is formed.” What this means is that we may be able to test medications on Alzheimer’s patients before it’s too late. By the time a patient displays symptoms and a doctor makes a diagnosis, the plaque has already built-up.

Using this retina-imaging device, researchers plan to begin human clinical trials. It’s a fascinating way to make an early diagnosis in a noninvasive and relatively inexpensive way. The hope is to bring us closer to developing a treatment—one that can stop the progression of the disease and its symptoms.

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Epic Formula to Completely Breaking Your Drinking Habit

With a determined mindset and a plan, changing any habitual behavior can be possible. If drinking alcohol is on your list of habits to break, rest assured that with the right resources, it can be done. Along with a little perseverance and our epic formula, you will be on a successful path to completely breaking your drinking habit.


Identifying “Why” You Want to Break a Habit

Anything you want to succeed at in life requires motivation. Identifying why you are attempting to achieve a specific goal is what will keep you on your path. Your “why” is what will motivate and re-motivate you during your journey.

Identifying why you want to break your drinking habit is the first essential step of the formula. You need to be honest with yourself because your motivation matters. You can keep your “why” private, or you can share it with others for support. We will explore that concept further below. In the meanwhile, here are some common reasons for wanting to completely change your relationship with alcohol:

  • You have brain fog too often
  • You have a medical condition that requires cutting back or quitting
  • You are losing things that are important (money, job, relationships)
  • You want to look and feel healthier
  • You are joining a religion
  • You want to stay out of jail
  • You want to lose weight

It’s important for you to acknowledge and write down the reason(s) you are making a choice to break your habit. You will need this information now and later in order for the formula to work.


How to Completely Change Your Drinking Behavior

At this point, you should know why you are embarking on a mission to break a particular habit. Along with this understanding, a mindset of non-judgment must accompany it. Your job is to stick to the epic plan without criticizing yourself. You’re making a positive choice. Now, take the ride, and feel a sense of reward and accomplishment!

The formula for breaking your drinking habit consists of:

1) Cutting Back and Cutting down. If you normally drink three glasses of wine with dinner, cut down to one. If you drink every night of the week, perhaps allow yourself Friday or Saturday your evening to partake. When cutting back occasions to drink, still keep in mind that cutting down is still part of the equation.

2) Replace the Activity. Instead of going to happy hour, use that time to take a yoga class, watch a movie, or participate in a different social activity that doesn’t revolve around alcohol consumption. Exercise is an awesome replacement because it can lift your spirits and help detoxify your body.

3) Reward Yourself. Instead of spending $10 on a glass of Merlot, use it towards that grilled salmon plate you’ve been wanting to try. You could also treat yourself to a dessert since you’re not using empty calories on alcohol. Or, you could save the money you’re not using on drinks and buy something nice to add to your wardrobe (especially if you’ve lost weight.)

4) Remind Yourself. Here is where your “why” comes in handy again. When you’ve had a setback or you no longer see the use in breaking your habit, look back at your original reasons. Reminding yourself why you made this choice can help you re-motivate and feel more positive and determined.

5) Assess Your Success. After you’ve followed the epic formula for a while, check in with yourself and see you much you’ve accomplished. Do you have a clearer mind? Are you getting more exercise? Have you lost any weight? Have you kept your job? Have you found a job? Have you saved any money? Do you look better? Are you getting better rest? Do you feel better overall?

Ask yourself questions based upon your unique motivation for breaking your drinking habit. Chances are your responses will shed some positive light and a sense of a job well done.


Do I Have to Include Others in My Epic Formula?

The answer to this question is completely up to you. Some sources believe that your journey to breaking a habit is a private matter. You may have enough strength to accomplish your mission on your own. If this is your case, when others ask why you’re not drinking, you can simply respond with, “I’m on a 30-day cleanse”, or “I’ve accepted a personal challenge.”

Other sources believe that including others in your formula can be beneficial. Sharing your goals with loved ones can keep you accountable. It can also allow them to cheer and support you. Some people also find strength when they’re able to enlist a buddy to join them on their journey.


Habits Sometimes Fall Hard

Setting goals and accomplishing them are completely realistic and doable. However, when it comes to breaking a habit, especially drinking, there can be unsavory side effects that come with the territory. To be on the safe side, it’s necessary to understand what those may be.

When cutting down or abstaining from alcohol intake, each person may react differently. Some symptoms may be:

  • Changes in sleep patterns; bad dreams
  • Irritability, short-temperedness; poor concentration
  • Decrease or increase in appetite
  • Headache or nausea

If you experience severe symptoms such as: confusion, fever, trembling, or hallucinations, contact a health care provider immediately.

Following the tenets of this formula should completely ensure breaking your drinking habit. And, keep in mind, change can often be quite excellent. Best of luck and best of health on your life’s challenges!







How Changing Your Work Environment Can Change You

Working for a living can be tough, but it’s mandatory for many of us. But as the days, weeks, months, and years roll by, we sometimes find ourselves slipping into a slump, which decreases our activity, productivity, and even our mental health.

Love or hate your job, sometimes we all need a little change of scenery. In fact, that might be just the thing you need to boost your productivity levels throughout the day.


1. Take a Break  


No matter how busy you are or what you are tasked with, don’t forget to take periodic breaks. Go out and grab an afternoon coffee or go for a walk. Taking a breath of fresh air will help to ease tension clear your mind, and give you the ability to think clearly and even problem solve better.

2. Boost Creativity


Not only can changing your work environment help you boost productivity, it can also help you boost your creativity. Changing your work environment and work scenery can help you to be more open-minded and even “think outside the box”.

3. Fine Tune and Focus


Sometimes breaking away from a busy work environment can do more harm than good. For example, if you work in a office that is busy, loud or otherwise disruptive, then breaking away and working in more of a quiet, secluded place might be what you need to shut the world out, focus, and get things done.

4. Minimize Distractions


You might be surprised to discover what you can get done by simply minimizing distractions. Whether that is turning off your phone or text messages, staying off social media, putting up an automated message on your instant message program or email, find out what your biggest distractions are during the day and do what you need to do to minimize them.

5. Set Time Limits


Once you have found your own place of quiet and solitude, it’s time to set time limits to get certain tasks done. Start with the hardest task or the task you dislike most first. Set time limits for each task, and then watch the day fly by as you get things done!

6. Plan a Working Vacation


It might sound silly but sometimes planning a few days, a long weekend or even a week away to the beach might be all you need to change your scenery (if your job permits this flexibility, of course).

Of course not everyone’s job allows for them to up and hop a plane or jump in the car and drive to wherever, but even making the tiniest changes to your work environment can make a huge impact on your productivity and creativity—and it can even be easy on your mind. In fact, you might even feel like a brand new person!

If you have a job where you are confined to a specific office (and you might even feel “chained” to the desk, so to speak), then it doesn’t mean you are out of luck.

You can do simply things like have your office walls painted, redecorated, add some plants to your desk, reorganize your supplies or even your office furniture. Sometimes even those small changes can make a world of a difference.

Changing your work environment can change you—for the better! Check out this site here to learn more ways to increase your productivity.

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