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
More Support for the Safety of Calcium
In 2013, a Swedish study found that women who took calcium supplements had a higher risk of death due to cardiovascular disease than women who got the same amount of calcium from foods alone. This report led to an investigation of the possible connection
Many of my patients report having memory problems, most commonly beginning in their early 50s. Most people are afraid that they may be showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), especially if they have seen a family member affected by it. With more patients aging healthily into their 80s and beyond,
As you get older, it is natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop AD, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But, how
Q: I have a hectic schedule and only get about four hours of sleep at night. I feel that I am losing my ability to recall information. Does sleep deprivation adversely affect memory?
A: Many studies conducted over the past decade or so have demonstrated that sleep deprivation interferes with memory
The overwhelming majority of older Americans are likely to experience a decline in at least one of their senses over the years, according to a new study—and many have problems in multiple sensory areas. And because the earlier sensory changes are recognized and treated, the better individuals are able to
KITCHEN CABINET MEMORY BOOSTER: CINNAMON
New research suggests that a sprinkle of one of your favorite spices may do more than tickle your taste buds—it may improve your memory as well! A paper published in the December 2016 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology suggests that cinnamon boosts plasticity—the ability
Forgetfulness—a part of aging as familiar as wrinkles and graying hair—can be a source of worry for many seniors. Is the growing tendency to forget words, have difficulty recalling names, or lose track of the car keys normal or an early sign of dementia?
The good news is that in most
Q. About two years ago, I became a vegan. My doctor said that, while a vegan diet is good in many ways, I should be aware of vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms. What are the signs that I might be low in B12?
A. Vitamin B12 is found in fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and
Chances are the majority of older Americans would agree to undergo a test that would tell them if they’re likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), even if it delivers bad news. That’s the conclusion of a study in which 875 men and women aged 65 and older were asked if