About the Author

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek

Susan Jimison Vitek is Executive Editor of Mind, Mood, & Memory, a monthly publication sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston that focuses on the latest developments in mental health. Her regular interviews with outstanding Harvard researchers and medical experts have covered a variety of topics associated with the brain, including mood disorders such as depression, neurodegenerative diseases, aging, nutrition, mental stimulation, the brain benefits of exercise, and more. Jimison Vitek is an experienced journalist who has focused on health issues for a variety of publications, including major national newspapers. Over the years, her writing and editing career has encompassed projects ranging from reporting for national health agencies and pharmaceutical companies to authoring a diet book and documenting the progress of innovative programs for the New York City criminal justice and social service systems.

Articles by Susan Jimison Vitek

Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

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Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

Researchers are exploring new approaches that are increasing scientific understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies (or DLB), also known as lewy body dementia. In one study, the transplantation of stem cells into DLB-damaged areas of the brains of mice revitalized those regions and resulted in dramatic improvements in the animals’

Memory Improvement Games: Train Your Brain

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Memory Improvement Games: Train Your Brain

Regularly engaging in memory improvement games, training exercises that help you practice specific cognitive abilities (e.g., attention or processing speed), seems to protect against memory loss better than memory strategies alone. So as we get older, it’s important to keep our minds moving.
Memory Improvement Games, Tips, Advice
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What Is Vascular Dementia?

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What Is Vascular Dementia?

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

Finding the Best Antidepressants for Anxiety

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Finding the Best Antidepressants for Anxiety

People who struggle with feelings of anxiety frequently turn to medications to help ease their symptoms. However, the large number of medications and their varying characteristics can sometimes make it challenging to find the one most likely to restore normal mood with a minimum of side effects. We asked a

Dementia Types: Irreversible and Reversible Dementia

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Dementia Types: Irreversible and Reversible Dementia

Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called “reversible dementias.” Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, “Is dementia hereditary?”—can be caused by family genes.

Let’s look at reversible dementia first. It’s important

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2013 Index

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KEY: Subject, Month, Page number

AGING

Learn these secrets to successful aging,
Sept., p1

6 ways to maximize your independence in older age, Dec., p1

ALCOHOL/SMOKING/DRUG ABUSE

Nightcaps make sleep—and cognitive problems—worse, May, p6

Smoking elevates stroke risk, especially in women, Nov. ,p5

Avoid binge-drinking to lower risk

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Should We Worry About Metals and Brain Health?

The brain’s blood-brain barrier (BBB), a densely packed layer of cells lining the interior of cerebral blood vessels, is capable of protecting brain tissue from viruses, bacteria, parasites, and many chemical toxins. But the BBB is not perfect: It is vulnerable to influxes of heavy metals such as lead, iron,

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PTSD: Hidden Consequence of Health Problems Such as Stroke

About 20 percent of people exposed to a threatening experience such as automobile accident, a violent crime, or physical or sexual abuse, develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The mental health condition, which is characterized by high levels of anxiety, flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts about the event, and emotional numbing, can