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The Government Just Jumped into Alzheimer’s Prevention (Let’s Hope It Does Some Good)

By |2019-02-18T20:21:26+00:00February 18th, 2019|Brain Science|

“Alzheimer’s is the most under-recognized threat.” -Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Finally, a cause that both sides of the aisle can agree upon. Last month, lawmakers passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for [...]

A Leaky Brain Could be The Chief Culprit in Alzheimer’s

By |2019-02-08T11:06:10+00:00February 8th, 2019|Brain Science|

Unhealthy blood vessels in the brain are found in half of all cases of dementia worldwide. The damage is blamed on the breakdown of the blood-brain barrier with aging. The BBB, as you may know, keeps foreign matter and too-large molecules from passing from the bloodstream into the brain. As we get older, many experts [...]

Do Brain Games Prevent Dementia or is it a Myth?

By |2019-02-04T11:11:19+00:00February 4th, 2019|Brain Science|

Many older adults are trying to slow down memory and cognitive loss by stimulating their brains with teasers, crossword puzzles, or Sudoku. Some even take up cognitive training programs. One such lady said to her doctor: "Every day I'm doing everything I can to stop dementia. I'm not wasting my time am I?" Her doctor [...]

Top 4 Hacks to Manage Anxiety

By |2019-02-01T11:26:52+00:00February 1st, 2019|Brain Science|

According to current estimates, over 40 million1 Americans suffer from anxiety at some point in their lives, making it the most common mental illness in the United States – even more common than depression, which came as news to me. Even more troubling, a new study published in the journal BMJ2 suggests that moderate to [...]

Play Your Way to a Better Brain

By |2019-01-16T14:35:57+00:00January 14th, 2019|Brain Science|

To keep your memory and intellect going strong, follow the old maxim “Use it or lose it.” It’s good advice, and repeated often in these pages. You can’t go wrong when you keep your brain fine-tuned by learning new things – like a second language or the information in an adult ed course. And today, [...]

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 [...]

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