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Music and Meditation Help the Brain

A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or

Appendix: Glossary

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA): An essential fatty acid that, along with eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), belongs to a group of fats called omega-3 fatty acids. ALA is found in some plant foods and oils, such as flaxseed, canola, soy, walnuts, and oils extracted from these foods. (See: Omega-3

9. Hydration and Healthy Beverages

Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet

What’s the Right Menu to Control Hypertension?

If you’re worried about high blood pressure, a new systematic review of scientific evidence has good news: Changing your diet really can make a difference. Not surprisingly, the most effective diet for reducing hypertension was one designed specifically for that purpose—the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan. But other

8. Helping Yourself

This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,

‘Customizing’ Blood Pressure Meds Helps Limit Side Effects

Medications that lower high blood pressure (hypertension) are essential in the battle to prevent heart attack and brain-damaging stroke. But finding the right antihypertensive drug for an individual patient from among the many available medications is not necessarily a straightforward process. Many factors must be considered in selecting a patient’s

Heart Disease May Put You At Risk for Dementia

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in this country, with 400,000 succumbing to heart attack, heart failure or stroke every year. Yet the high prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease indicates the threat is not being taken seriously.
If you are not concerned about your heart health, listen

Protect Yourself and Others From Cardiac Arrest

More than 500,000 cardiac arrests occur annually in and out of hospital in the U.S., but only about 10 percent of people who suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital survive this sudden halt in heart function. One factor that makes a big difference in survival is cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

5 Reasons to Focus on Fiber

When you think of dietary fiber, you may think of foods, like bran, that help move things along in your intestinal tract. And you would be right, at least partially. However, dietary fiber does a lot more than just benefit your intestines. A fiber-rich diet may also confer lower risk

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