Serotonin is the “feel-good” brain chemical. Too little of this vital neurotransmitter will have you suffering from depression, but newer research shows it also influences whether or not you develop dementia.
Tag: the aging brain
Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.
Meeting Your Water Needs
You’ve no doubt heard that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day, but that’s mostly a myth. What is true is that there’s far more to hydration than counting glasses of water: In addition to water, other beverages, and even foods, can help you meet
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
A newly published followup to findings from a study of the so-called Mediterranean diet adds to the evidence that such an eating pattern, especially when it includes nuts and olive oil, may help protect the aging brain. Results from a subgroup of the Spanish PREDIMED study showed that those assigned
When the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) were released in January 2016, they earned headlines for their focus on added sugars and relaxed view of dietary fat. But the most important point of the updated DGAs was often overlooked in the flurry of media coverage: Healthy eating is more
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Physical Activity Linked With Lower Dementia Risk
Research has confirmed that exercise has a protective effect on the aging brain, according to a study published online July 15, 2016 in the Journal of Gerontology. For the study, researchers analyzed information on physical activity, incidence of dementia, and brain volume collected for
Long-term research into the relationship between activity levels, brain size and dementia risk among older adults has confirmed that exercise has a significant protective effect on the aging brain. The study, which was published online July 15, 2016 in advance of print in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, tracked
Brain Scan May Spot Early Signs of Cognitive Decline
Although not yet clinically available, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to measure blood flow in the brain could one day detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) long before the disease process has caused serious brain damage. According to a report published online
Much of the research into the nature of sleep and its consequences for the brain has focused on the activities of neurons, the cells that make up the gray matter of the brain. Lately, however, re-searchers have been shining a light on lesser-known support cells, the activities of which may