Moderate drinking (one or two glasses a day) shouldn’t affect your cognitive function and may even provide some mild benefits. But chronic alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol-induced dementia due to the combined toxic effects of alcohol and the nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. In fact, heavy drinking (more
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Parlez-vous Français? Habla Español? Perhaps you should. One of the best ways to improve your cognitive function later in life may be to learn a second language, reports a recent study in the Annals of Neurology (June 2, 2014).
Researchers examined 835 native English speakers at age 11 and then retested
MGH RESEARCHERS LINK STRESS AND HIGHER RISK FOR STROKE
Elevated activity levels in the brain’s amygdala—a region associated with stress—may be an indicator of higher risk for stroke and heart attack, according to a research team lead by the co-director of MGH’s cardiac imaging program. In an effort to examine the
There may be a scientific reason why some people are night owls: delayed sleep phase syndrome. It’s a sleep disorder in which your body’s clock tells you to fall asleep a few hours later than most people hit the sack. The problem is that this delayed bedtime makes it difficult
Most of the time, memory blips are due to normal age-related changes, but sometimes memory complaints can herald the development of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—a stage of memory loss that represents the first signs of dementia in many individuals. Taking a memory loss test can help determine whether you or
If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
Science continues to prove Hippocrates right when he said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” If you’re beginning to lag on your New Year’s resolutions, or that Fitbit you got for Christmas is gathering dust, a trio of recent studies provide incentive to get up off the couch and lace up
Multivitamins and Your Brain
For many Americans, taking a multivitamin as “insurance” against nutritional shortfalls is a daily habit. Americans have been taking multivitamin/mineral supplements since the early 1940s, and an estimated one-third of all U.S. consumers take these regularly. Multivitamins account for almost one-sixth of all purchases of dietary supplements
Fruit and Vegetable Smarts
When your mom told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, she may not have known that those foods are good for your brain—but it was good advice in any case. We’ve seen how an overall healthy dietary pattern can help protect against dementia and cognitive decline.
These commonly used natural compounds protect your body and brain from the ravaging effects of aluminum poisoning. Research has shown how these natural substances can prevent and/or treat aluminum’s toxic effects.