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Healthy Eating Helps You Stay Sharp as You Age

Healthy Eating Helps You Stay Sharp as You Age

Reduced blood flow to the brain, loss of gray matter, and buildup of sticky tangles and plaques of certain proteins can all lead to loss of cognitive ability. A large body of strong evidence supports the idea that physical activity and healthy eating can help keep your brain sharp by

New Physical Activity Guidelines Released

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, an update of recommendations published in 2008. “The new guidelines provide more evidence-based reasons to be active than ever before,” says Roger A. Fielding, PhD, director of Tufts’ Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and

Eye Exam Can Reveal Alzheimer’s Disease

An eye examination may be able to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD) years or even decades before any clinical symptoms appear, suggests a small study published in JAMA Ophthalmology. Ophthalmologists from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis discovered that people in the preclinical stage of AD had significant

The AFib-Dementia Link

It’s vitally important to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death, but we now know that this common cardiac condition doesn’t affect only the heart. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study found that AFib is also associated with a heightened risk of

Detecting and Treating Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) affects about 1.4 million Americans, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. This makes it one of the most common causes of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—but even so, it frequently is misdiagnosed, and this leaves people with the condition vulnerable to potentially deadly medication

Are You Experiencing Urine Leakage?

A cough, laugh, or sneeze that leads to a little urine leakage may not be cause for overwhelming concern; however, it is not something you should ignore either. Urinary incontinence (UI), the sudden loss of bladder control, occurs more often as people age, but it is not a normal part

Hearing Loss May Accelerate Brain Shrinkage

The stigma of wearing hearing aids has been around for decades, certainly since the 40-plus years that UCLA audiologist Alison Grimes has been in the field. But, not using them can affect far more than your ego. “We know everyone loses their hearing as they age, just like everyone loses

How Music Plays Through the Fog of Dementia

From big bands to the Beatles and beyond, the songs you loved as a teenagerÑyou know, the ones that neither your parents nor your kids could fully appreciate may hold a key to getting through to people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other causes of dementia.

That’s because the part of

Diabetes: The Door to Alzheimer’s Disease

For people with diabetes, managing blood sugar levels can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, one has to be on the watch for other related diseases like high blood pressure, abnormal lipid levels, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and obesity. More recently, a link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been

Is Hummus Healthy?

Is Hummus Healthy?

If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine, you’re probably already familiar with the creamy deliciousness that is hummus. And even if you aren’t familiar with those cuisines, you’ve probably seen it served at parties or in restaurants and were somewhat curious about how it tastes and what

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