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Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic neuropathy is a relatively common complication of diabetes. Some 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
While the reason this happens isn’t fully understood, researchers think that blood glucose affects how nerves transmit signals in the body and also damages

1. Getting a Better Picture of Your Brain

The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85

Boost Your Brain’s Plasticity to Combat Mental Aging

If you want your mind to remain young and agile well into old age, here’s a foolproof formula: Do anything and everything you can every day to keep your brain cells active.

Research suggests that regularly putting the brain’s neurons through their paces helps promote neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to

Ask the Doctor: Practicing Mindfulness; Crocs; Sudden Pain

Q. I keep seeing references to “mindfulness,” but I don’t really understand what it is. Can you explain it?

A. Mindfulness means paying attention to the moment at hand, without judging or thinking about it. A popular mindfulness exercise involves focusing on your breath—simply being aware of your breath as

How Your Iron Levels Impact Your Brain

For the good of your brain, it’s important to ensure that your iron levels are within healthy limits. Studies have linked iron deficiency with problems such as slowed thinking, difficulty concentrating, depression, and anemia associated with increased risk for dementia. On the other hand, iron overload also appears to be

Are You Getting Enough of These “Memory” Vitamins?

Your brain needs vitamin-rich foods to stay smart. These important nutrients work behind the scenes to supply the vital chemicals you need to ensure healthy neurons, optimal moods, and brain function that maximizes memory, cognition, and more.
Although the impact of vitamins on the brain is still relatively understudied, scientists are

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