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New study shows obesity may exacerbate effects of Alzheimer’s disease

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Washington [US], January 29 (ANI): New research from the University of Sheffield has found being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and may exacerbate Alzheimer’s disease.
The pioneering multimodal neuroimaging study revealed obesity may contribute toward neural tissue vulnerability, whilst maintaining a healthy weight in mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia could help to preserve brain structure.
The findings, published in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports, also highlight the impact being overweight in mid-life could have on brain health in older age.
“More than 50 million people are thought to be living with Alzheimer’s disease and despite decades of ground breaking studies and a huge global research effort we still don’t have a cure for this cruel disease. Prevention plays such an important role in the fight against the disease. It is important to stress this study does not show that obesity causes Alzheimer’s, but what it does show is that being overweight is an additional burden on brain health and it may exacerbate the disease,” Lead author of the study, Professor Annalena Venneri from the University of Sheffield’s Neuroscience Institute and NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre, said.
“The diseases that cause dementia such as Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia lurk in the background for many years, so waiting until your 60s to lose weight is too late. We need to start thinking about brain health and preventing these diseases much earlier. Educating children and adolescents about the burden being overweight has on multimorbidities including neurodegenerative diseases is vital,” she added.
Researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University of Eastern Finland examined MRI brain scans from 47 patients clinically diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia, 68 patients with mild cognitive impairment, and 57 cognitively healthy individuals.
The novel study used three complementary, computational techniques to look at the anatomy of the brain, blood flow, and also the fibres of the brain.
The international team compared multiple brain images and measured differences in local concentrations of brain tissues to assess grey matter volume – which degenerates during the onset of Alzheimers – white matter integrity, cerebral blood flow and obesity.
In mild dementia patients, a positive association was found between obesity and grey matter volume around the right temporoparietal junction. This suggests obesity might contribute toward neural vulnerability in cognitively healthy individuals and those with mild cognitive impairment.
The study also found that maintaining a healthy weight in mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia could help preserve brain structure in the presence of age and disease-related weight loss.
“Weight-loss is commonly one of the first symptoms in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as people forget to eat or begin to snack on easy-to-grab foods like biscuits or crisps, in place of more nutritional meals,” Joint author of the study, Dr Matteo De Marco from the University of Sheffield’s Neuroscience Institute, said.
“We found that maintaining a healthy weight could help preserve brain structure in people who are already experiencing mild Alzheimer’s disease dementia. Unlike other diseases such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, people don’t often think about the importance of nutrition in relation to neurological conditions, but these findings show it can help to preserve brain structure,” Marco added. (ANI)

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VIR DAS TO DEVELOP AMERICAN COUNTRY MUSIC COMEDY SERIES

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WASHINGTON: Actor-comedian Vir Das is developing a country music comedy series titled ‘Country Eastern’ for Fox.

As per Variety, Das is attached to co-write and executive produce the project with Sam Laybourne, with Laybourne also attached to serve as showrunner. Das might also star in the upcoming project. Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer and Ali Bell of Party Over Here will also executive produce along with Reg Tigerman. CBS Studios and Fox Entertainment will produce.

Titled ‘Country Eastern’, the single-camera show has received a script commitment with a penalty attached. The show is about a young wealthy man from India who restarts his life in America with his family. While attempting to rebuild their lives in Memphis, Tennessee, he decides to pursue his passion and become a country music singer. Only problem: he’s shit. Total shit. He’s going to have to gain some life experience in the States if he wants to have something real to sing about.

This would mark Das’ first US series lead and his second series regular role following his stint on ABC’s spy dramedy ‘Whiskey Cavalier’. Das also created, executive produced and starred in the Netflix Indian dark comedy series ‘Hasmukh’. 

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SELENA GOMEZ TO PRODUCE TRUE-CRIME DOCUSERIES

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WASHINGTON: Singer-actor Selena Gomez has inked a deal with Univision, marking her first producer role for a Spanish-language series.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, under the deal, Gomez will expand her brand into Spanish-language TV and film production. The 29-year-old singer-actor, along with her production company, July Moon Productions, signed a deal to produce Univision’s true-crime docuseries ‘Mi Vecino, El Cartel’ (which means The Cartel Among Us).

The project will air on Univision’s forthcoming subscription streaming service.

The upcoming series will follow the murder of Juan Guerrero Chap, a former cartel lawyer and high-level cooperator for the US government. In a release, the network said the case “rocked a quiet suburban town in Texas and launched a multiyear international investigation.”

Speaking about her production venture, Gomez said, “As a true crime fan, I was immediately captivated when I heard the story surrounding the homicide of Juan Guerrero Chapa. Not only did it take place close to my hometown in Texas, but it was also a story, unlike anything I’ve ever heard.”

She added, “I am excited to partner with Univision and really pull back the layers of his double life.” Blackfin, under Hasbro’s eOne umbrella, is also on board as a producer. 

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GOT UNFIT OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS: ALAYA F

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MUMBAI: Actor Alaya F feels she has got “very unfit” over the last few months.

On Wednesday, Alaya took to her Instagram account and gave a brief update about her health and fitness. “Got very unfit over the last few months, I was so caught up in my work commitments that I stopped taking care of my body and lost a lot of my strength.. things that used to be so easy to do now feel so hard.. which can be so demotivating. But I’m slowly and steadily taking back control and inching towards a healthier, fitter, stronger me again,” she wrote.

Alongside the note, Alaya posted a video of her doing work out. Reacting to the clip, her ‘Freddy’ co-star Kartik Aaryan quipped, “Ye unfit hai?” Alaya, who made her Bollywood debut with Saif Ali Khan’s ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ in 2019, will next be seen in ‘Freddy’ and ‘U Turn’. 

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WOMEN WILL LOVE MY CHARACTER IN ‘ATRANGI RE’: SARA

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of the release of ‘Atrangi Re’, actor Sara Ali Khan opened up about her character of Rinku in the film.

According to her, women will definitely fall in love with her role. “I absolutely fell in love with Rinku during my process of playing her. Rinku as a character, is loud, assertive and confident as her external characteristics, but then she also has a tinge of innocence in her, which was something very interesting, exciting and challenging for me. Aanand ji really made me fall in love with her, and seep into the character. I think every woman in today’s generation will love Rinku. She knows exactly what she wants and goes for it without any apprehension or hesitation. Playing ‘Rinku’ on screen was in a way a very fulfilling and an enriching experience,” Sara said.

‘Atrangi Re’ is directed by Aanand L Rai. It also stars Akshay Kumar and Dhanush.

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CELEBRITIES JET OFF TO JAIPUR FOR KATRINA, VICKY’S WEDDING

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JAIPUR: It’s time for the wedding of the year! Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal will tie the knot on December 9 at Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan, and guests have already started arriving for the big fat wedding.

Radhika Madan, was spotted at the Jaipur Airport on Tuesday. Katrina Kaif’s ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ director Nitya Mehra and Vicky Kaushal’s close friend and actor Malavika Mohanan were also seen at the airport. Other celebrities who have arrived on Tuesday include Vijay Krishna Acharya and ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ actor Sharvari. Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi were also spotted at the Mumbai aiport.

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SARA TURNS EMOTIONAL AS ‘KEDARNATH’ COMPLETES 3 YEARS

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MUMBAI: Yesterday was a special day for actress Sara Ali Khan as her first film ‘Kedarnath’ completed three years since its release.

Taking to Instagram, she penned a heartfelt post. “3 years ago my biggest dream came true. I became an actor, and my first, and most special film released. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to explain how much Kedarnath means to me- the place, the film, the memories, all of it,” she wrote.

The film’s third anniversary has also made Sara emotional as it brought back her memories with late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who had essayed the role of her love interest. “But today I’m really missing my Mansoor. It’s only because of Sushant’s unwavering support, selfless help, constant guidance and compassionate advice that Mukku was able to reach your hearts. From Kedarnath to Andromeda. Miss you forever Sushant,” she added.

Sara also thanked director of the film Abhishek Kapoor for giving her the opportunity to act in ‘Kedarnath’.

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