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Healthy Food Choices Reduce The Age of Your Brain

By | 2018-06-11T15:13:57+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Brain Science|

Last year, three anthropologists from New York published research which revealed that brain size of non-human primates is predicted by diet. Whether this finding applies to humans is unknown, but if it does, it will be of huge significance, because after the age of 40, the brain shrinks by five percent every decade, and this [...]

These Brain Cells – Not Neurons — Could Hold the Key to Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

By | 2018-06-01T14:12:26+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Brain Science|

Much of the research into Alzheimer's disease has focused on neurons - the nerve cells in the brain that transmit the electrochemical impulses that are associated with thinking and memory. But what if the answer to treating Alzheimer's actually resides in a different kind of brain cell? A growing number of researchers now believe that [...]

Can a Device Used to Relieve Depression Stop Alzheimer’s?

By | 2018-05-21T05:08:00+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Brain Science|

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any kind of breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research. That’s why this recent news caught my attention. While it’s not a cure, it shows promising ways we can help reduce some symptoms of the disease and give patients additional “good” years. The treatment involves a type of brain training [...]

Later Menopause Improves Memory

By | 2018-05-14T12:56:50+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Brain Science|

Chills. Hot flashes. Night sweats. These are just some of the unpleasant symptoms that can come with the "change of life." More serious is the fact (covered in Issue #493) that the plunging estrogen levels associated with menopause are damaging to certain brain cells and increase the risk of dementia. Many women would happily put off [...]

One Reason More Women Than Men Get Alzheimer’s – And a Solution

By | 2018-05-07T16:37:14+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Brain Science|

Twice as many women as men get Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s not just because women usually live longer than men. Researchers have discovered that as women age, metabolic changes in their brains – linked to menopause – give rise to changes that make them more vulnerable to losing their memories and eventually their lives to [...]

Scientific First: New Study Proves Mental Decline is Not Inevitable

By | 2018-04-28T15:58:46+00:00 April 27th, 2018|Brain Science|

20 years ago, in a landmark article, researchers concluded that the human brain retains the potential for self-renewal throughout life. Before this, scientists believed the adult brain was hard-wired and therefore not able to produce new cells. While most neuroscientists accepted the new findings, there has been an ongoing debate about whether this renewal ability [...]

To Boost Your Memory, Let Your Mind Wander

By | 2018-04-28T15:01:30+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Brain Science|

If you want an excuse to be lazy while improving your memory at the same time, I've got some good news for you. As a powerful aid to remembering something that has just occurred, all you need to do is sit in a darkened room, close your eyes, and rest for ten minutes. That's it. [...]

Keep Your Brain Energized and Stress-Proof

By | 2018-04-02T18:37:35+00:00 April 2nd, 2018|Brain Science|

Stress is a brain killer. It can jumble your thoughts, make it harder to learn new information, and blur your memory. And as researchers keep delving into the mysteries about how stress can warp health and mess with our minds, they are placing a major focus on its effect on energy production in cells. On the [...]

Hours Spent in Low-Level Light Physically Alter Your Brain

By | 2018-03-12T07:04:33+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Brain Science|

If you find yourself feeling better the last couple of weeks, it could be because spring is just around the corner. During the winter months many people suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). They experience persistently low moods, irritability and lethargy. The condition is thought to be linked to reduced daylight, which disrupts brain hormones [...]

How to Knock a Decade Off The Age of Your Brain

By | 2018-03-02T15:33:48+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Brain Science|

One American in seven takes part in this relaxing yet challenging activity. From the comfort of your armchair it involves nothing more than turning to the back of your daily newspaper with a pen or pencil at the ready. And yet, in one of the largest studies of its kind, the lead researcher says the [...]

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