Tag: neurons in the brain

Ask the Doctor: Hand Tremors; Lactose Intolerance; Knee Surgery

Q: My hands shake sometimes and I am concerned that it might be Parkinson’s disease. What are some other telltale signs?

A: Tremors or shaking in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and even the face are common motor symptoms of Parkinson’s. Other motor symptoms include stiffness in the arms, legs and

Ask the Doctor: Serotonin, Pink Eye in Adults; Adenoids & Immune Health

Q: A friend of mine takes an antidepressant that affects serotonin. What is serotonin, and what does it do?

A: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a chemical that transmits messages between neurons in the brain and to the central nervous system. Serotonin has been described as a “feel-good” neurotransmitter, since it is believed

4. Brain Power Foods

Fruit and Vegetable Smarts
When your mom told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, she may not have known that those foods are good for your brain—but it was good advice in any case. We’ve seen how an overall healthy dietary pattern can help protect against dementia and cognitive decline.

3. Choosing Healthy Heart-Brain Foods

The Need for Nutrient Density
Another concept emphasized in the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) is nutrient density. You need to consume nutrient-dense foods and beverages to get enough of the nutrients you need without consuming too many calories. Aim to get as much nutritional “bang” for your caloric “bucks”

1. Your Heart-Brain Partnership

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

Q&A: Cognitive Decline; Flu Season

Q. How can I help protect my brain against cognitive decline?
A. There are many ways you can help prevent brain aging and cognitive decline. We are only now learning from recent research that cognitive decline may in fact be a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices that can be avoided.  Some

7. Treatment

Despite reports of promising new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease, there is still no cure. One or more of the drugs currently being tested may offer hope, but the results of those studies are still a few years away. In the meantime, there are drugs that can treat some of the

2. Normal Changes in Memory with Age

Many people in middle and older age complain that their memory just isn’t as sharp as when they were young. It becomes harder to remember names of people you just met. You may spend more time than you’d like looking around for your reading glasses, watch, or car keys. As

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