The Folklore. One of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been coveted by Native Americans for hundreds of years. Native tribes called them “star berries” for the five-point “star” at the blossom end of the berry. The berries were believed to protect children from famine, ease the
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer. Here’s a list of 10 of the most common Vitamin D deficiency symptoms:
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable in the back
You walk through the airport, luggage in each hand, as you head toward the gate where your flight awaits. You have no problem seeing the arrival times on the digital boards above you, the signs bearing gate numbers, or the person walking 20 feet in front of you. And then
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
Some Beverages Linked to Stroke and Dementia
Research published April 20, 2017 in the journal Stroke suggests that people who consume more sugary beverages, such as soft drinks and fruit juices, are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volumes, and smaller hippocampal volumes (the hippocampus is an area
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
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.
Q. My husband has a small brain aneurysm. What are the chances that it will rupture?
A. Brain aneurysms are weak, bulging areas in arteries that supply blood to the brain. They have a greater chance of rupturing if they are growing larger than if they remain stable, according to recent
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
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