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
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
Many people having a stroke or heart attack don’t know it. Lack of knowledge about the warning signs means they may dismiss a stroke as a bout of dizziness, while a heart attack might be chalked up to heartburn or a pulled muscle. However, if you ignore the symptoms that
One of the lung problem symptoms people in the last stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may experience, according to the standard COPD GOLD classification, is a low level of oxygen in their blood. This condition is called hypoxemia, and can cause increased difficulty breathing, and further impair the ability
Q. How can you tell if someone has early-onset dementia?
A. Early-onset dementia refers to having developed dementia before the age of 65. In some people, problems with balance and strength may be the first signs of dementia. In a six-year study of 2,288 men and women age 65 and over,
Fully 20 percent of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients also are afflicted with fibromyalgia (FM), compared to 2.5 percent in the general population who suffer from FM alone, according to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Participants were involved in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Rheumatoid
You may take a statin to help improve your cholesterol profile, but research suggests that there may be additional benefits, as well as some potential risks, to go along with these widely prescribed medications.
Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. The
Getting a good night’s sleep is important regardless of your age, but people with sleeping problems are at risk for more than just a lack of energy. Trouble sleeping can not only make you tired during the day, it can also lead to serious health problems.
“Inadequate sleep can affect lifespan
Aerobic exercise improves brain blood flow to key areas
Exercising on a stationary bike or treadmill increased blood flow to areas of the brain involved in memory and cognition, according to a study that appeared online Nov. 12, 2013 in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Study participants were sedentary adults
While memory lapses occur throughout our lives, they become more frequent—and more worrisome—as we get older. The good news is that you can take action to keep your memory intact and possibly even prevent future cognitive decline. For optimal functioning, your brain needs proper nutrition, adequate exercise, regular stimulation, minimal