Archive for July, 2013

Dental Health and Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

A smile is worth a lot more than a good picture, a new study shows, as dental health may be more important to your cognition than previously thought.

Numerous studies have linked proper dental health with a healthier heart, but a recent study, completed by the University of Central Lancashire (UK), showed a link between poor dental health and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Researchers studied the minds of 10 people with Alzheimer’s, and 10 without, and found that those with Alzheimer’s also had a common gum disease bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis. The bacteria is usually associated with the gum disease: Chronic Periodontal Disease.

Just like in Las Vegas, what happens in our mouths doesn’t stay in our mouths, as common movements such as brushing and chewing release bacteria from our mouths into our bloodstream. Researchers hypothesize that the bacteria mentioned above makes it’s way to our brains, triggering immune system responses that kill neurons and lead to cognitive problems.

Dentists recommend that we brush, at least, two times a day, but even more if we have a history of poor teeth and/or if gum disease runs in the family. Other common dental practices, such as flossing and using Listerine, can help strengthen our gums, and, consequently, our health too.

Although, as always, researchers stress that more studies are needed, the results come on the heels of previous research that found there may be a link between dental health and Alzheimer’s.


Why Helping Others Helps You

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

At Alliance Home Health Care, we are always working hard for others. It’s our job to do what’s best for your friend or loved one in home health care, and we take our slogan, “Freedom of home. Peace of mind.” seriously. We take pride in increasing the happiness and comfort of those we help, and allowing you the freedom to do what you need to do knowing that your loved one is in the best possible care in all of Indianapolis.

Happiness, to us, is helping, caring, and working for other’s happiness. And, as a new study showed, that’s the best kind of happy you can be.

Researchers at UCLA recently concluded a human genome study of 80 adults who were assessed for their eudaimonic and hedonic well-being. Eudaimonic is a fancy term for what they do for others, and hedonic is a fancy term for what people do for themselves. Researchers then assessed the impact that each type of happiness has on the human body.

At the end of the study, researchers found that those who derived more happiness by working for others had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and a strong expression of antiviral and antibody genes. Meaning, those that found happiness in helping others had happier and potentially healthier bodies themselves.

Increasing the happiness and healthiness of ourselves through increasing the happiness and healthiness of others? Well, that, makes us at Alliance Home Health Care….happy.