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Using a Map to Navigate Keeps The Brain “Switched On”

By | 2017-05-10T02:58:35+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Brain Science|

Saved in the nick of time, vacationers in Utah stop their caravan just as it was about to plunge off a cliff. Three women are rescued when their hired SUV submerges in a lake in Bellevue, Seattle. A driver in Pittsburgh spends Christmas in jail after driving his chemical tanker onto country roads where it [...]

Could We Treat Alzheimer’s Disease With a Flashlight?

By | 2017-05-05T17:30:02+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Brain Science|

Research on the brain keeps offering up unusual results that surprise researchers. An example of what I’m talking about is a study at MIT that involved flashing lights into the eyes of animals. The research shows that timing the flickering of the lights at just the right speed may profoundly change the workings of the [...]

Mere Talking Delays Alzheimer’s By Five Years

By | 2017-05-05T16:58:51+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Brain Science|

Speaking may not seem like anything special. It's something we all do every day. But it's not just any old chatter that can preserve our memories. It's a special kind. Researchers have been fascinated since the 1990s by the finding that people who can speak two or more languages, and use them regularly, appear to [...]

This Medical Procedure Contributes to Dementia

By | 2017-05-05T16:35:49+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Brain Science|

Your kidneys are fist-sized organs that filter toxins out of your blood and release hormones, red blood cells and Vitamin D into it. Obviously, kidney health is essential to overall health… But what’s interesting is that researchers have recently noticed a connection between the kidneys and the brain. For example, people with chronic kidney disease [...]

Autoimmune Diseases Linked to Increased Chance of Dementia

By | 2017-04-04T07:25:58+00:00 April 4th, 2017|Brain Science|

A year ago, 31 senior scientists presented "incontrovertible evidence" that inflammation-creating infections were a key cause of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Now, another whole category of inflammatory diseases is implicated. New evidence suggests chronic inflammation from autoimmune diseases may also act as a trigger for dementia. In 2016, Professor Robert Richards from the University of [...]

Don’t Let a “Leaky Brain” Give You Alzheimer’s

By | 2017-03-21T06:45:52+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Brain Science|

For years, people who keep up with health advice have heard about "leaky gut syndrome" – the pathology whereby holes in the intestinal walls allow particles to pass into the blood that don’t belong there. Your brain has its own lining to keep out unwanted particles, and we may need to start thinking about "leaky [...]

Common Mineral Drops Risk of Alzheimer’s 600%?

By | 2017-03-02T10:46:33+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Brain Science|

A neglected supplemental mineral defends your brain cells as you age. It’s a shame so few people know about it. It can also improve your mood, boost personal energy and – perhaps -- even offer longer life expectancy. According to James M. Greenblatt, MD, lithium gets just a fraction of the attention it should attract. [...]

Big Doubts Cast on The Brain Plaque Theory of Alzheimer’s

By | 2017-03-02T10:32:44+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Brain Science|

The theory that brain plaques cause Alzheimer’s disease may be on its last legs. Readers who watched our “Awakening from Alzheimer’s” video interviews last autumn already know the plaque theory is under challenge. Now, the recent failure of a drug trial conducted by a pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co., may start a rush for the [...]

Promising New Indicator Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s

By | 2017-02-02T05:44:58+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Brain Science|

Many scientists today see Alzheimer's as a brain-specific form of diabetes. Taking a blood test to see how your body deals with sugar should be a valuable indicator, not just of diabetes risk, but of future cognitive decline. Trouble is, a blood sugar test doesn't always represent what's occurring in the brain. But now a [...]

Menopause, Female Hormones, and Alzheimer’s Risk

By | 2017-02-02T05:27:21+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Brain Science|

While scientists don’t know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, they do know that hormones play a major role. Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers, responsible for everything from signaling neurotransmitters and directing nutrients and blood to different parts of the body, to stabilizing sleep, metabolism and mood. When hormone levels in the body [...]

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