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Brain Health

A Starch-Based Diet Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis by John McDougall, M.D.

Format: video

Dr. McDougall will present the epidemiological associations between a high-saturated fat diet and multiple sclerosis, describe the research of Dr. Roy Swank for treatment with a low-fat diet, and describe the basic principles for treating patients with a low-fat, starch-based diet.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Amyloid-? Diurnal Pattern: Possible Role of Sleep in Alzheimer's Disease by Brendan Lucey, M.D.

Format: video

Dr. Lucey will describe how sleep changes during normal aging and in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. He will describe the difference between a circadian rhythm and a diurnal pattern and why this is important for changes in CSF amyloid-beta concentrations during the sleep-wake cycle. He will also review evidence that the amyloid-beta diurnal pattern may have a role in Alzheimer’s disease pathogenesis.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




ApoE, Cholesterol, and Cardiovascular Factors in Alzheimer's Disease by Judes Poirier, Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. Poirier will explain the genetic basis of Alzheimer’s disease, describe the role played by lipids in the brain, discuss lifestyle factors that modulate the risk of developing common Alzheimer’s disease, and will explain how lipid-related biomarkers can be used to monitor the progression of dementia.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Cognitive Decline Following Chemotherapy by Shelli Kesler, Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. Kesler will describe the cognitive effects of chemotherapy and discuss potential cognitive training methods for improving cognitive function following treatment.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Copper Dyshomeostasis in Alzheimer's Disease by Rosanna Squitti, Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. Squitti will describe how the body reacts to copper intake, how copper metabolizes in the liver and supplies cuproproteins, and the mechanisms leading to copper dysbalance.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Diet, Longevity, and Cognition by Gary Fraser, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Format: video

Dr. Fraser will review evidence that diet may affect cognitive decline, identify examples of populations that exhibit unusual longevity through a discussion of the ‘Blue Zone’ concept and the California Seventh-day Adventists, and examine the strengths and weaknesses of prospective observational studies.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Dietary Fat Composition and Dementia Risk by Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D.

Format: video

Dr. Martha Clare Morris will share how dietary fats play roles in both increasing and reducing risk for Alzheimer’s disease and their potential roles in prevention.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Dietary Recommendations for Brain Health in Clinical Practice by Neal Barnard, M.D. and Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.

Format: video

Dr. Barnard and Ms. Levin present recommendations for protecting brain health to be used by medical practitioners. They will also describe ways to engage patients in the process of a diet change, review benefits patients may anticipate when adopting a plant-based diet, and provide key principles for helping patients sustain healthful dietary habits.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Dopamine, Diabetes, and Dementia by Neal Barnard, M.D.

Format: video

Dr. Barnard will describe the increased risk of dementia associated with diabetes, and explain the prevalence of genetic traits related to dopamine among people with type 2 diabetes. He will also present evidence regarding the role of plant-based diets in diabetes management.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Homocysteine Lowering with B Vitamins for Prevention of Brain Shrinkage and Memory Loss by Celeste de Jager, Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. de Jager will describe why B vitamins (folate, B6, and B12) are important in the regulation of homocysteine levels in the blood, the association of B vitamins with cognitive performance, and the long-term effects of high dose treatment with B vitamin supplements on cognition and brain shrinkage.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




New Concepts in Dementia by James Cooper, M.D.

Format: video

Dr. Cooper will detail characteristics associated with specific dementia and describe elements in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Nutrition and Migraine by Ulka Agarwal, M.D.

Format: video

Dr. Agarwal will describe the role of diet for the prevention of migraines, detail the basic principles of recommending diet changes to patients with migraines, and review the body of research on nutrition and migraines.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Nutrition and Neurology Update by Michael Greger, M.D.

Format: video

Dr. Greger will describe the dietary approaches to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, how to avoid the adverse effects of a vitamin B12 deficiency on the central nervous system, and will discuss the leading hypothesis as to why plant-based diets seem to elevate mood.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Proteins and Dysfunctional Metal Homeostasis in Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease by Ashley Bush, M.D., Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. Bush will explain the importance of normal transition metal metabolism and its regulation by proteins implicated in neurodegeneration. He will review the evidence of dysfunction of brain metal homeostasis as contributing to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and the evidence supporting pharmacological adjustments of brain metal homeostasis as potential therapeutics for neurodegenerative disease.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




The Effect of Exercise on Brain Structure and Function by Kirk Erickson, Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. Erickson will describe which brain regions are most consistently affected by physical activity and which populations might respond most effectively from an exercise intervention. He will also describe mechanisms by which exercise might affect brain health and volume, and how this evidence might provide a better understanding of brain function and brain health.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




The Role of Iron in Neurological Disorders by Antonia Ceccarelli, Ph.D.

Format: video

Dr. Ceccarelli will review iron physiology in the central nervous system, explain how brain iron plays a role in neurological disorders, and describe potential new therapies targeting abnormal iron deposition.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.




Vitamin E and the Brain by Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D.

Format: video

Dr. Morris will explain underlying biological mechanisms relating vitamin E to reduced Alzheimer’s disease risk and will share possible explanations for negative findings in vitamin E supplements in the randomized trials of cognitive decline.

The estimated time a learner will need to complete this self-study is 60 minutes.

This course earns 1 credit.
This course was released on 12/20/2013 and expires 12/31/2015.