While previous research has shown that a chemical compounds found in certain wine and grapes can reduce the risk of heart disease, a new study has found that those compounds may also protect against hearing loss and cognitive decline.
The researchers set out to discover the effects of resveratrol on COX-2, an enzyme in the body responsible for inflammation and pain. The scientists conducted an experiment on laboratory rats in order to test this. Knowing that excessive noise exposure causes an uptick in COX-2 expression, some of the animals were administered resveratrol before being exposed to the noise. The researchers found that the subjects who had consumed the resveratrol beforehand experienced an inhibition of COX-2 expression- and consequently suffered significantly less hearing loss.
"We've shown that by giving animals resveratrol, we can reduce the amount of hearing and cognitive decline," Seidman remarked, adding that "resveratrol is a very powerful chemical that seems to protect against the body's inflammatory process, as it relates to aging, cognition and hearing loss."
Because the study has only been conducted in animals, further research is needed to confirm whether the findings also apply to humans.
Read the article: Red Wine And Red Grapes Help Protect Against Hearing Loss And Cognitive Decline or purchase the full study: Resveratrol Decreases Noise-Induced Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression in the Rat Cochlea.
cheatsheet, Falls Prevention, Family Relations, Managed Risk
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is just next week, aptly celebrated on the first day of fall this year – September 23. This year’s theme is “Strong Tod...
Federal Agency Activity, Medication Management
Long-term care communities now will be able to better assist in the disposal of prescription drugs belonging to current or former residents with the a...
End of Life, Family Caregiver, Medicare
Strategies are needed to improve community-based long-term care services and supports to aid older adults and their informal caregivers, say researche...
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it plans to take concerted efforts to improve the collection and availability of clinical trial data on...
Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
Training in “mindfulness,” which is learning how to focus on the present moment, could help improve the emotional wellbeing of those with early-stage ...