Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood
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Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?
The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of vascular
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Warning! Calcium Supplements May Raise Dementia Risk in Women
Women who take calcium supplements to lower their risk of osteoporosis may wind up increas-ing their vulnerability to dementia, suggests a study published online Aug. 17, 2016 in Neurology. Researchers looked at 700 healthy women who were between 70 and 92 years
New research has raised serious questions about the practice of taking daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke. Aspirin can help thin the blood and prevent the formation of blood clots; however, several large studies suggest that side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and cerebral hemorrhage
Many of us are unaware of a relatively common age-related health issue—cerebral microbleeds (CMB, largely symptomless leakage from miniscule blood vessels into surrounding brain tissue). Cerebral microbleeds have been linked to a decline in cognitive functions such as memory, thinking and information processing. The good news is that the condition
Q: Is it true that vitamin E can slow the advance of Alzheimer’s disease?
A: A recent study has associated high daily doses of vitamin E with significantly slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), although the findings do not suggest that the vitamin is a cure. The research, which was published in the
Q: Can you explain the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia?
A: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia have some similar symptoms, but there also are important differences between the two conditions.
It is still unclear what causes AD, and, while research points to lifestyle approaches that may help protect against it,
Women who suffer from the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib) are significantly more likely than men with the condition to be hospitalized for stroke, according to a new study. Other new research suggests that women with AFib are less likely than men to receive oral anticoagulant therapy. Could this
Q: I have insomnia, and I’m worried about what it’s doing to my brain. Does chronic sleep disturbance lead to Alzheimer’s disease?
A: Scientists have identified an association between chronic sleep disturbance and greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but it has been unclear whether sleep disturbance is an early sign
Shorter Sleep Duration Leads to Brain Aging
Missing out on your sleep makes your brain age faster, according to a study published in the July 2014 issue of the journal Sleep. Researchers examined data on 66 healthy adults aged 55 years and older who were participants in a long-term study of