Is Vitamin B Deficiency an Early Warning Sign of Dementia?

By |April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Nutrition|

In an ongoing exploration of the origins of dementia, researchers from the United States and Israel coordinated a large cohort study to examine a common nutritional deficiency - folate, or vitamin B9. We already know that blood folate levels diminish with age, but what we [...]

Mental Health Mineral Prevents Dementia in New Research

By |April 18th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

Research this year confirms studies from the past decade that show small amounts of a certain mineral can lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This trace mineral is sometimes found in tap water, and, in larger amounts, it has also been used to treat bipolar [...]

Can Antibiotic Use Lead to Memory Loss?

By |April 15th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

Frequent readers of this newsletter know I caution against antibiotic overuse. Sadly, it’s common for doctors to prescribe antibiotics even when they’re not 100 percent sure the patient has a bacterial infection. Indeed, research has shown that antibiotic use can result in a host of [...]

Get Social And Save Your Memory

By |April 11th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

As we emerge from this era of pandemic isolation, researchers have taken a closer look at the health repercussions of loneliness in older adults. The news is sobering. A brand-new study has revealed the detrimental health effects of isolation and the resulting loneliness on your [...]

This Five-Minute Animal Recognition Game Can Warn of Alzheimer’s Years in Advance

By |April 8th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

Numerous tests claiming to predict a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease years in advance are emerging from research around the world. Some of them rely on blood markers observed from a blood sample while others use technology that identifies minute delays in spoken word patterns. Still [...]

Is the Placebo Effect Real?

By |April 4th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

The placebo effect has confounded conventional medicine for years. This effect occurs when people take a placebo pill (a pill that contains nothing that is supposed to influence your health) or undergo a placebo (fake) procedure and enjoy a real benefit that improves their well-being. [...]

The Aging Brain Keeps Up with Younger Brains Well into Middle Age

By |April 1st, 2022|Categories: Brain Science|

It's usually assumed - and backed up by a large body of research - that thinking speed peaks when we're in our twenties, after which it's downhill all the way. But a massive new study using machine learning came to a different conclusion that will [...]

Is Information Overload Stealing Your Memory?

By |March 28th, 2022|Categories: Brain Science|

Our ability to access and use our memory grows with age. Hence the saying, with age comes wisdom. Yet it’s also known that our memory declines with age. How can wisdom and forgetfulness occur at the same time? This paradox is due in part to [...]

Can You Reverse Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

New research published in the journal Neurology offers hope for those who face mild cognitive impairment (MCI).1 Investigators discovered that MCI could be reversed in certain individuals with a high education level and excellent written language skills. Let’s explore MCI in older adults and see [...]

Watching ASMR Videos Offers Relief from Stress

By |March 21st, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

A seemingly odd trend came into existence about a dozen years ago. People began watching videos showing someone receiving a massage or having their hair brushed. Other videos included watching a person talking in whispers or tapping their fingers. Yet another could be watching someone [...]

Seniors Who Own a Pet Retain Their Brainpower for Longer

By |March 18th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

Having a furry, scaly, or feathered friend in your life not only brings a great deal of joy but the science shows that it can improve your physical and mental health as well. Pet ownership can lower stress hormones, reduce blood pressure, counteract loneliness, and [...]

The Awful Truth About Multitasking and Your Memory

By |March 14th, 2022|Categories: Brain Science|

Many people pride themselves on their ability to multitask – juggling Zoom meetings, while also writing memos, exchanging text messages, watching videos, and composing emails as well as coping with other inputs from electronic communications. But along with serious doubts about the quality of work [...]

Boost the Impact of Exercise on Memory with One Mineral

By |March 11th, 2022|Categories: Nutrition|

It's been well-established that aerobic exercise improves brain health. But researchers haven't been able to identify the specific pathways that make this possible. But now researchers at the University of Queensland’s Brain Institute in Australia have identified a protein the body makes in response to [...]

Good Health in Your Fifties Staves Off Dementia in Later Life

By |March 7th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

An increasing public health concern is multimorbidity, or having two or more chronic health concerns. Even if none of these health problems is neurological, their presence in mid-life can dramatically increase your risk of dementia in the years ahead. Here’s what you need to know… [...]

Is Too Much Calcium Bad for Your Brain?

By |March 4th, 2022|Categories: Nutrition|

When you think about how the mineral calcium affects your health, chances are the first thing that pops into your head is how this mighty mineral strengthens your bones. But if certain researchers have their way, the mention of calcium will soon bring to mind [...]

Do This with Your Doctor and Have a Better Memory…

By |February 28th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

Continuity of care with the same physician is valuable. A good doctor-patient relationship builds knowledge, trust, and respect over time and increases quality of care. There’s no reason to believe this isn’t just as important for patients living with dementia, yet no study had investigated [...]

Popular Aquarium Fish Reveal a Trigger of Alzheimer’s Disease

By |February 25th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

With their bright colors and tendency to school, zebrafish are commonly found in home aquariums. Scientists, however, are interested in this tiny fish for a medical reason… the zebrafish present an ideal model to study human genetic diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Now, new research using [...]

Is “Direction Dyslexia” Plaguing Your Life?

By |February 21st, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

We've all been in situations where we've taken the wrong turn and gotten lost. But for some people, this is an everyday occurrence. And in rare cases, people can even get lost inside their own homes. These people suffer from a condition called developmental topographical [...]

Can a Hug Bring Dementia Patients Back to Life?

By |February 18th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

Visiting restrictions in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused residents, including those with dementia, to suffer from loneliness, depressive symptoms, agitation, aggression, and reduced mental function. Yet even before the pandemic began, researchers from Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales were looking for ways [...]

Exercise Protects an Aging Brain

By |February 14th, 2022|Categories: Natural Health|

We often write about the cognitive benefits of exercise in this newsletter, and now there’s even more evidence to motivate you to lace up those sneakers. Scientists have long studied how physical activity can reduce the risk of developing dementia as we age, and a [...]

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