Before you begin reading this book, you might be wondering if it’s worth making dietary and lifestyle changes to protect your heart and your brain—especially if cardiovascular disease or dementia runs in your family. Genetics certainly play a role, but your genes are not your destiny. Research suggests a healthy
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Lack of sleep is only the beginning; the effects of working night shift include everything from obesity to a higher risk of heart disease.
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
The sensation of twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience sudden but brief muscle movements at night aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the twitching or jerking of your hand or foot—a condition known as sleep myoclonus—is enough to awaken you. Or your
Do you almost always run on too little sleep? Do you have sleep problems or a sleep disorder? If so, your brain may be taking a toll: lack of sleep side effects include brain damage and problems with cognitive function.
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
Q: My mother has been diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica. What is it, and can it be treated with anything other than steroids?
A: Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) is an inflammatory condition that causes pain and stiffness at various sites. The shoulders are the most common site of pain, but the neck, upper
Yet another study has added to a mound of evidence that suggests that chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can wreak havoc on the brain. The research—presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in May 2013—supports earlier studies in suggesting that lowering stress levels may be an important
AVOID BINGE DRINKING TO LOWER RISK FOR COGNITIVE DECLINE
Binge drinking—or drinking to get drunk—appears to cause brain damage, and regular bingeing may lead to significantly increased risk for cognitive decline, according to research published in the March 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. In women, binge drinking is