Tag: aging

Sweet Drinks: Bad for Your Brain?

Could a sugary-drink habit—or the diet beverages you may consume instead—harm your brain? One recent study showed that regularly drinking sugary beverages, like soda and fruit drinks, was associated with signs of brain aging and declining memory. A second study showed that frequently drinking artificially-sweetened (diet) beverages was associated with

Newsbriefs: Abnormal Stool Test; Exercise for Aging Brain

Don’t Ignore an Abnormal Stool Test
Colonoscopy isn’t the only screening test for colorectal cancer—the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) also screens for the disease by detecting small amounts of blood in the stool. Unlike colonoscopy, FIT doesn’t require any fasting or “bowel prep,” and it can be completed entirely by mail.

Treating Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain can develop following a physical nerve injury, or medical illnesses such as diabetes or shingles. Neuropathic pain can develop and often lingers after the original injury heals because nerve cell dysfunction—not the original injury—is the cause. As pain signals are repeated over long periods of time, the spinal

Newsbriefs: Alcohol Dependence; MCI Test; Walking

Brain Change May Power Alcohol Dependence. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found an important difference in alcohol-dependent brains compared to nondependent brains, in a recent study using mouse models. The finding may lead to personalized treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and alcoholism. In the study, alcohol appeared

New Glaucoma Test Enables Earlier Detection

Glaucoma is a leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and is dramatically increasing due to the aging population.
Glaucoma often gets less clinical or research attention than cancer or heart disease, but is equally frightening and debilitating. Patients function with normal vision, and live full productive lives, before being left in

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

Dementia Causes: Can Depression Play a Role?

Dementia Causes: Can Depression Play a Role?

Dementia causes can be a mystery, but there’s no doubt the condition is too prevalent. About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing—and that of our loved ones.

“The decline

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