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Lit-\- MT Dementia and how to help revent it By PR . RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR’S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Coun- try music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents’ Pon- chatoula strawberry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Poncha- toula High School, Southeastern, Tulane two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is “retired” now in Kentwood. The doctor’s column appears on facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes and on facebook.com/theindepen- dencetimes. A new case of dementia is diagnosed every 70 seconds and there is currently no cure or treatments to prevent or cure it. The WHO estimates there are about 50 million people across the globe liv- ing with dementia, with nearly 10 million cases be- ing added each year. Ap- proximately 5.8 million Americans age 65 and old- er currently have the dis- ease, and nearly two-thirds of those are women. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. It is expected to skyrocket as the US population ages. Over16 million Americans care for people with Al- zheimer’s (AD) or other de- mentias, without pay. Patients with diabetes have a three-fold higher risk for developing demen- tia, particularly women. Likewise, vascular disease has been shown to be as- sociated with the devel- opment of dementia syn- dromes. Almost half of all dementia cases can be at- tributed to a small number of modifiable lifestyle risk factors, including smoking, obesity, and physical inac- tivity. Here are four simple ways that you can improve your brain health. 1) Feed Your Brain. Eighteen different studies showed that a style of diet, based on fruits, vegetables, and fish, can delay cogni- tive decline with regard to memory and function. The Mediterranean diet was found to have beneficial impacts on various neu- Howes ropsychological functions, including improvements in language skills, process- ing speed, and memory tasks. Also, those who con- sumed more olive oil had significantly better per- formance in fluency and memory tasks. Foods like nuts, vegetables, fiber-rich foods, and less fatty meats like chicken—may be im- portant in preventing Al- zheimer disease. 2) Get Active. Vari- ous long-term studies, in- cluding one published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, have es- tablished a link between physical activity and bet- ter brain health. One study found that those who were physically active during their down time had bet- ter cognitive function and a slower rate of cognitive decline. Exercise may even ing down cognitive decline than a cognitive training program. 3) Meditate. Medita- Tl'ie Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. 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McMahon— Editor & Publisher Joel Ray — Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez—Houston Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon—Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon—Detroit Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, Dwight Williams & Ben Taylor-(Environment), Amy Brennan-(Local News), Brianna Elliott -(Local News), Dr. Randy Howes-(Health) Parker Layrisson-(Law), Jim Perrin-(History), John Dudek-(Sports) NEWS RELEASES ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) ponchatoulatimes@gmail.com ‘ ptime33@gmail.com PO. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard/Amex OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission & Town of Independence MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automotive Writers As- sociation, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, tst Place Investigative Reporting, ist place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS 8:30-Noon, 1-5 pm. Monday-Thursday — Closed Tuesday Afternoons — tion practices may do wonders for your brain. A two-month meditation pro- gram study resulted in sig- nificant increases in blood flow, as well as improve- ments in verbal fluency and memory. 4) Sleep More. Accord- ing to recent studies, get- ting regular “deep sleep” can help protect against Alzheimer disease. There is something about this deep sleep that is helping protect you. Researchers have _observed the link be- tween poor sleep and long- term problems with memo- ryand thinking. In the America that I love, researchers are des- perately searching for ways to prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Exercise and increased intake of oxygen appears to help with both. Please check out my books (www.amazon.com), “Al- zheimer’s Disease: Forget Antioxidants and Supple- ments,” and “Exercise and Reactive Oxygen Species: Likely the Only Health Miracle Out There.” Close call By JOHN DUDEK Times Sports Columnist After winning their ninth game in a row, the New Orleans Saints are officially rollin . While the 21-16 victory over Atlanta was a little too close for my liking, a win is a Win. And any- time they beat the “Dirty Birds”, it is all the sweet- er. Early on, it looked like the Saints might blow the game open, after jumping out to a 21-9 lead through three quarters. As usual in these division games, the Failcons weren’t going down without a fight. At- lanta finally found paydirt when former LSU wide receiver Russell Gage caught a 10 yard touch- down. After that, the Saint’s defense stood up, and thwarted the Falcons final few attempts at get- ting into the endzone. Next up for the Black & Gold, is a trip to Phila- delphia to take on the dis- appointing Eagles. The Eagles, who are somehow mathematically eligible to make the playoffs, have been a total disaster. Most of the blame, and right- fully so, has been placed be more effective in slow- ‘0- ‘ qua lerback Carson Wentz. Wentz, who was once considered an MVP candidate caliber of play- er, has regressed might- ily. I read yesterday, that in an interview, he said that his confidence was shaken when the team drafted a quarterback this year. Well, maybe there was a reason for Wentz’s concerns, because he was benched this past Sunday, in favor of Jalen Hurts. If that name sounds familiar to local folks, it’s because it is. Hurts played for Ala- bama, and beat the LSU Tigers a couple of times with them. Then he trans- ferred to Oklahoma, and ran into the Joe Burrow led Tigers, and got de- stroyed, 63-28. Tulane wins last regular season ame By JOEL AY Times Sports Editor The Tulane Green Wave defeated the Memphis Ti- gers 35-21 in college foot- ball action on Saturday at home in The Ocean (Y ul- man Stadium) in their fi- nal regular season game of the 2020 season. Tulane ends the regu- lar season with a winning 6-5 record. Unlike many teams across the country who have played fewer than eight games due to the Coronavirus, the Green Wave were able to play eleven games. Now the Green Wave will wait to see if they are invited to play in the post season in a bowl game. The star of the game for Tulane was freshman quarterback Michael Pratt who has improved since taking over as the starting John Dudek As for the game, I guess Hurts gives the Eagles a better chance than Wentz. But, throwing a rookie quarterback to the wolves might not be the best idea. Add in the fact that the Saints have arguably the league’s hottest defense over the last month, and this one could get ugly in : a hurry. There is also ru- mors going around that Drew Brees could be back in time for this game. Ei- ther way, I don’t think the Saints need Brees to beat this depleted squad. Give me the Saints in a rout, no matter who is playing quarterback. Kickoff is set for 3:25, Ponchatoula time. ' THE TIMES, DECEMBER 10, 2020, PAGE 5 quarterback for the Green Wave. Pratt completed 21 of his 33 pass attempts for 254 yards and two touch- downs, he also ran for two other scores. “Big win for us,” Tulane head coach Willie Fritz said. “This has been a tough, tough season. First thing I told them in the locker room, who thought we were going to play elev- en games this year? We were one of the few teams in the country who stayed on schedule. There has been some ups and downs this year, obviously. We wish our record was a lot better than it is.” Coach Fritz continued, “Memphis has got a very storied program. It was good to get them in here and get this win. I thought we did a good job of mix- , ing up our tempo through- out the game. I thought Michael Pratt had a super game making great deci- sions. He’s a tough kid. He Ponchatoula Greenwave falls to Bearcats. Ponchatoula High’s defense attempts to mak goal line stand late in the third quarter. Desp took some hits. (He made) some really big throw-,- early. If your quarterback plays well you have a real good chance to play vigil, on offense.” The Green Wave scoigd.’ 30-or-more points for eighth time this seas_._ Also, in nine appearanc-é es this season, Pratt has! thrown 18 touchdowns. "n' “I feel like I just tinue to get better every! week,” Pratt said. “I think i the biggest thing is just learning my offense ahdi getting chemistry with the I receivers and the offensive ; line and learning how each : other playshas been h and the one thing I’m ‘ ally excited about moving forward going into n5?! year. I feel like we’re going to continue to get betteri and better.” i I Times Sports Editor : Joel Ray is a memberi‘bf i the Louisiana Sports Writ- ers Association. r r.“ valiant attempts by both the offense and defense-,1 the Greenwave ultimately fell to the Rustqn E Bearcats in a 42-26 loss. (Times Photo by Brianna Elliott) SUBSCRIBE TODAY -v| ! 1 I v C I I l I u i i l r l r: . at a special Holiday rate of ONLY $20 per year CALL (985) 386- 2877 FAST PAGE HEALTH # URGENT GARE] FASTPACEHEALTH.COM 1%.F 9 ‘ COVI D —1 r"! i f as 9 Open days a week 387 W Railroad Avenue Independence (985) 606-4080 DEE