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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

7. Brain Power Habits

Although smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline, the evidence that physical activity contributes to cognitive health is even stronger than the associations between nutrition and cognition. That’s why the most important lifestyle change you can make for your brain happens between meals—increasing your level of

5. Supplemental Nutrition

If you believe the advertisements and label claims of America’s booming supplement industry, there’s hardly any need to bother with an overall healthy dietary pattern or choosing foods associated with brain power benefits. Simply popping a pill—or a handful of pills—you can make up for any nutritional shortfalls in your

8. Helping Yourself

Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking

7. On the Horizon

With 16 million people expected to have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050, researchers are in a race against time to find an effective treatment, or better yet, a cure. However, progress on a drug that might halt or reverse dementia has been slow, and largely disappointing. Over the

Do You Take Anticholinergic Drugs?

If you or a loved one are taking medications to help alleviate urinary incontinence, it’s likely the drugs are in a class called anticholinergics. In some cases, anticholinergics also may be used to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The drugs work by blocking a brain chemical called acetylcholine, which

Excessive Sweating Causes

Excessive Sweating Causes

Have you ever found yourself covered in sweat for no obvious reason? Despite the unpleasant feeling (and smell!) it may give us, sweating is one of our body’s most important functions. It’s natural: We sweat when we’re feeling too warm, when we’re nervous, or after rigorous physical activity. We need

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Brain Fog: What It Can Tell Us About Our Health

Ahh, brain fog. Why do you toy with me so? The other day I looked everywhere for my car keys. I was rushing so I could drop off my kids at school (finally!) when I realized they were missing (the keys, not the kids). I searched frantically: the kitchen, the

Deceptive Health Claims

Most people would like to retain their youthful vim and vigor, get rid of achy joints, and perhaps reduce wrinkles, and get their sexual mojo back. There are plenty of anti-aging products that promise to do that and more.

With infomercials featuring people wearing physician’s white coats, and glamorous 65-year-old celebrities

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is a relatively rare brain cancer that affects 3 of 100,000 people in the United States. Pronounced “gly-oh blass toh mah,” it develops in star-shaped cells called astrocytes (see sidebar below) that spread quickly to other parts of the brain or spinal cord but not to other parts of

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