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Doctors Could be Transmitting Alzheimer’s to Their Patients

By |2019-01-11T11:27:17+00:00January 11th, 2019|Brain Science|

A leading UK neuroscientist has issued a warning that neurosurgical instruments could be contaminated. He also advises monitoring blood donated by people over 60 years of age. His concerns center on the possible transmission of Alzheimer's disease to patients during certain medical procedures. He is not alone. Other scientists have expressed the same concerns. This [...]

Tests for Dementia Not Fit For Purpose

By |2018-12-31T11:02:04+00:00December 31st, 2018|Brain Science|

It's natural to assume medical tests are valid and precise. But in reality, few meet these criteria. Even if the test is accurate, mistakes can arise in the way it was executed, in calibration of equipment, specimen handling, and so forth. This can lead to failure to see a health problem, or, on the other [...]

Use Brain Waves to Improve Your Memory and Ease Pain

By |2018-12-24T14:47:00+00:00December 24th, 2018|Brain Science|

I’m sure that if you’ve watched a sporting event on TV or gone to a game, you’ve seen the fans in the stands do “the wave” – standing up and sitting down in a coordinated way that sends a wave around the ballpark. Well, scientists studying the brain say that its neurons send electrical signals [...]

Both New Technology and Practical Tips Can Tell Us Who’s Lying

By |2018-12-21T06:17:47+00:00December 21st, 2018|Brain Science|

Pity poor Pinocchio. The wooden boy of legend always had to tell the truth – otherwise his nose would grow longer and give away the fact that he was lying. Well, soon we may all be living in a world where our bodies will betray us when we’re telling a fib. But a casual observer [...]

This Trick Helps Us Remember Things We Didn’t Know We’d Seen

By |2018-12-14T09:31:33+00:00December 14th, 2018|Brain Science|

The brain benefits of sleep are becoming more apparent every year. Seven or eight hours of deep, restorative sleep helps regulate mood, boost learning, solve problems and preserve memory. But some people also like to enjoy a mid-day nap. And this, too, has been shown to aid thinking, memory formation and learning. Now a new [...]

Is Your Brain Being Plasticized?

By |2018-12-03T12:18:10+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Brain Science|

Every year, companies in the US produce 100 billion pounds of plastic for all kinds of products and packaging. But a toxic substance -- bisphenol A (BPA), described as a “plasticizer” – is frequently included in plastic to make it flexible and less brittle. BPA is most famously used in bottles for plastic drinks, including [...]

These Scientists Say Alzheimer’s Drugs Have Failed Because of This

By |2018-11-23T10:42:39+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Brain Science|

In the 1990s, the "amyloid hypothesis" provided a new and simple explanation for the cause of Alzheimer's disease. The idea was that beta-amyloid proteins build up to form plaques that damage brain cells. The brain plaque theory caught on bigtime and quickly became conventional wisdom. To this day it remains the most popular theory in [...]

Studies Prove Optimists are Less Likely to Get Dementia

By |2018-11-19T14:57:05+00:00November 19th, 2018|Brain Science|

From ‘you’re as young as you feel’ to ‘age is just a number,’ our culture provides us with a wealth of adages urging us to take a positive attitude toward aging. Perhaps these old chestnuts sound corny (or, worse yet, like whistling past the graveyard), but recent studies prove that people who embrace a positive [...]

Clear Eyesight and Good Memory Go Hand in Hand

By |2018-11-09T15:12:55+00:00November 9th, 2018|Brain Science|

Over the next three decades the number of US adults with cataracts is expected to double from 25 to 50 million. It's the reason one in five lose their sight and one in seven suffer moderate to severe vision impairment. This is a needless tragedy because cataract removal is one of the most routine, safe [...]

To Understand Alzheimer’s You Need to Look Outside the Brain

By |2018-10-26T14:39:03+00:00October 26th, 2018|Brain Science|

With brain diseases like Alzheimer's, maybe it's time to start thinking outside the box. While the brain is the obvious go-to place to look for the cause, it's not the only body part to consider. There's another organ that plays a central role in brain health. In July, several new studies were presented at the [...]

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