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Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

Causes of Depression: 7 Major Factors

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

6 Steps to Better Brain Health

In the last few years, several studies have suggested that a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Cognitive Health and NFL Cognitive Care, points to the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER)

8. Helping Yourself

This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s drug development, but that doesn’t mean you should sit back and wait until new drugs become available. Take proactive steps today to preserve your memory and prevent dementia. There is good evidence that just by making better choices each day, like eating right,

3. Who is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most

Is Traumatic Brain Injury Causing Your Memory Problems?

New findings suggest that traumatic brain injury (TBI, defined as any traumatic event that alters the function of the brain even transiently) can trigger a neurodegenerative process in some people that may show up many years after the original trauma. In fact, some studies suggest that individuals who have experienced

Beating the Mental Effects of Illness

In many individuals, a serious illness is more than a challenge to the body—it’s also a major challenge to the brain. A health crisis may trigger feelings of depression and anxiety, or lead to cognitive symptoms such as confusion and problems with memory, decision-making and attention. These mental effects can

Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

Though considered a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), a concussion can be a serious injury, especially as people get older. The majority of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) tend to be of the milder form. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimates that for people 65 years of age and

Blood Thinners and Your Brain

An estimated six million Americans take blood-thinning medications (antithrombotics) on an outpatient basis each year to prevent the formation in arteries and veins of blood clots that, among other effects, can cause serious brain injury or death.

Yet although these drugs are among the most effective therapies available for preventing heart

The Blood/Brain Barrier: A Key Factor in Brain Health

The brain has its own protective shield—the blood/brain barrier or BBB. The BBB is a semi-permeable web composed of a stratum of densely-packed brain cells joined with a thin layer of cells lining the tiny capillaries on the surface of the brain. The BBB is highly effective, but it can

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