Do you keep losing your keys, forgetting where you parked your car, or drawing a blank on names of people you just met? Maybe you can’t remember where you left your wallet more often than you’d care to admit. Such lapses of memory tend to get people of a certain
What is vascular dementia? It refers to a spectrum of cognitive impairments resulting from damage to blood vessels in the brain.
Stroke, either a significant singular stroke or multiple smaller strokes, is a major cause of vascular dementia (VaD), but any disease process that damages blood vessels in the 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
Q. Our father’s doctor has told us our father is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He hasn’t told our father, and we’re unsure if we should, since it’s such upsetting news. Can you advise us on the best way to proceed?
A. I sympathize with your dilemma, and understand
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
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
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 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.
You probably know that regular exercise lowers the risk of mild cognitive impairment, or “pre-dementia,” and Alzheimer’s, but do you know which exercise is best for brain health? Step off the treadmill and pick up some iron because newer research shows strength training outperforms aerobics when it comes to improving
Do you almost always run on too little sleep? Do you have sleep problems or a sleep disorder? If so, your brain may be taking a toll: lack of sleep side effects include brain damage and problems with cognitive function.