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2. Multiple Forms of Hypertension

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one out of every three American adults has high blood pressure, and nearly one in three has prehypertension. And, among people with high blood pressure, only about half have it under control.
“This finding is concerning because we know

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Has a friend ever bragged about how refreshed he feels after just four or five hours of sleep the night before? Do you know a child who resists going to bed at a reasonable hour because she “doesn’t feel tired?” Do you find yourself on an inconsistent schedule when it

Be Mindful of How Alcohol Affects Memory and Aging

If you’ve been celebrating the holidays with a little bubbly or other spirits, you may have noticed that you feel the effects of alcohol a little faster and a little more intensely than you did when you were younger. Your brain may not recover from alcohol’s effects as quickly as

4. Feeding Your Brain

While the most important nutritional protection you can give your brain involves eating an overall healthy dietary pattern, it’s also true that certain specific foods and food groups seem to be especially important for brain health (see Box 4-1, “Brain Food”). Fortunately, these brain-healthy choices are also good for your

9. Healthy Beverages for Hydration

Every cell in your body needs water to function. Water transports nutrients and oxygen throughout your body and carries away waste materials. Water makes up most of your body, ranging from about 75 percent of body weight in infancy to 55 percent of body weight in older age. Your brain

1. Your Healthy Heart and Brain

You’ve surely heard the phrases “brain food” and “heart-healthy diet.” While some foods do seem to have specific brain benefits, in general, scientists are discovering that a diet that supports a healthy brain is also heart-healthy fare and vice versa. Learning which foods your brain and heart need to function

5. Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The

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