It’s no surprise that fruits and vegetables play a dominant role in brain-healthy patterns of eating, just as they do in healthy diets for your body as a whole. But it may be that eating fruits and vegetables helps protect your brain beyond general health benefits. Specific types of produce
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Q: Can you slow down dementia once symptoms have started?
A: This is a question people with the early signs of dementia and their family members ask frequently, and unfortunately there is no simple or guaranteed answer. Dementia, whether the result of Alzheimer’s disease or other cause, is a very individualized condition.
Turn Off the TV, Preserve Your Verbal Memory
Television can be a great source of entertainment and news, but too much of it may be robbing you of some your verbal memory. A recent British study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that middle-aged men and women who watched more
One-third of all American adults are not getting enough sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But why does it matter so much? Well, simply put: Inadequate sleep is bad for your health. It’s linked to chronic conditions and illnesses like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and depression.
Hearing a song from your teen years can certainly trigger a flood of memories. Familiar oldies have even been shown to bring forth memories in people with profound dementia. This awareness is what led Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, to
“What causes depression?” is a question many of us have asked. Responses are all over the map, but it’s fair to say that depression is a disease. Research supports this by demonstrating key differences in the brains of those who are depressed and those who are not.
The Effects of Brain
There may be a scientific reason why some people are night owls: delayed sleep phase syndrome. It’s a sleep disorder in which your body’s clock tells you to fall asleep a few hours later than most people hit the sack. The problem is that this delayed bedtime makes it difficult
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
Being Sedentary Is Like a Disease
It’s well established that exercise is important for good health, but a study published in JAMA Network Open in October reported that there is no upper limit for benefits. After administering a treadmill test to 122,007 people and later recording their mortality rates over a
Moderate drinking (one or two glasses a day) shouldn’t affect your cognitive function and may even provide some mild benefits. But chronic alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol-induced dementia due to the combined toxic effects of alcohol and the nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. In fact, heavy drinking (more