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Is there a link between migraines and dementia?

By |2019-10-08T09:02:35+00:00October 7th, 2019|Brain Science|

As if they weren’t troublesome enough, migraines – those crippling, high-octane headaches – may also raise your risk of cognitive decline. Canadian researchers have found a link between migraines and dementia. But don’t panic just yet. Let’s first get a better understanding of this painful enemy and then unpack the findings of the newest study1. [...]

Friends and Family are Good for Your Brain

By |2019-09-20T09:06:13+00:00September 20th, 2019|Brain Science|

"When you are just getting out and interacting with people, you are using your brain a lot." So says Claudia Kawas, Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine. She strongly suggests we speak to as many people outside of our own households as often as we can. There's a lot of evidence to [...]

Try This if You Want to Ace a New Skill

By |2019-07-29T04:23:01+00:00July 29th, 2019|Brain Science|

If you are a frequent reader of this publication, you’ve seen articles urging you to learn a new skill to keep your brain young. The benefits are huge, especially for working memory. Learning a new language or mastering a musical instrument are good examples. “In addition to making existing synapses more robust, learning causes the [...]

New Discovery Points to an Overlooked Cause of Alzheimer’s

By |2019-07-22T08:13:25+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Brain Science|

When it comes to treating somebody who is just beginning to suffer Alzheimer’s disease, the conventional medicine folks have a big problem. They don’t know how the disease starts. So they can’t catch it at an early stage. In fact, 20 years ago when my mother was developing dementia, her doctor didn’t know a thing [...]

A New Clue about Alzheimer’s Points Toward a Revolution in Treatment

By |2019-07-13T17:31:59+00:00July 12th, 2019|Brain Science|

Researchers have not been very successful at deciphering exactly how Alzheimer’s disease begins its destructive course through the brain. When the destruction of brain tissue becomes extensive, it’s fairly easy to observe. Scientists are less certain about what goes on at earlier stages. This means the mangled proteins seen in the brain when Alzheimer’s is [...]

Another Look at the “Crossword Puzzle Theory” of Brain Health

By |2019-07-05T10:41:41+00:00July 5th, 2019|Brain Science|

The brain may not be a muscle, but many scientists believe you can exercise it and train it to stay in better shape much the same way. The most familiar form of this theory is that working crossword puzzles or sudoko – on a regular basis – improves memory and cognition and may actually stave [...]

People Who Fall for Scams at Greater Risk of Alzheimer’s

By |2019-06-28T13:15:51+00:00June 28th, 2019|Brain Science|

You’re notified of a big win on the lottery. Swept away by an internet romance. Excited to receive a phone call from a grandchild whose voice doesn’t sound quite right – and who urgently needs money. These represent just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fraudulent schemes devised by con artists to [...]

Synchronized Brainwaves Give Seniors the Memory of a 20-Year-Old

By |2019-06-10T10:04:30+00:00June 10th, 2019|Brain Science|

In the first century AD, a man named Scribonius Largus was the court physician to the emperor of Rome. Among other things in his medical bag of tricks, he had a novel method for relieving headaches. He would lay an electric ray (torpedo fish) across the patient's head. The 30 to 50 volts produced by [...]

It’s Not Alzheimer’s – It’s a New Form of Dementia

By |2019-06-03T13:32:03+00:00June 3rd, 2019|Brain Science|

A definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's is hard to obtain before death because only then can brain cells be scrutinized closely under the microscope. So in living patients, doctors have to rely on various tests. From the information gathered they believe the diagnosis will be accurate for nearly all patients. But on April 30, that all [...]

What Do You Do if You Want to Forget Something?

By |2019-06-01T02:24:36+00:00May 31st, 2019|Brain Science|

In this newsletter the topic is usually how to remember things. Memory loss is a huge worry, especially among those of us who are getting old. But what if you want to forget something? Sounds odd, but sometimes that is the case. For example, someone suffering from PTSD is haunted by terrible things that happened [...]

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