Tag: cognitive impairment

Serotonin and its Link to Depression

Serotonin and its Link to Depression

There are many researchers who believe that an imbalance in serotonin levels may influence mood in a way that can lead to depression… but also possibly to other neurological problems, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and even excess anger. This is what scientists theorize because there is no way

Mind & Memory Newsbriefs: Female vs. Male Brains; Exercise & Cognitive Loss

Women’s Brains Are Metabolically Younger Than Men’s
When it comes to brain metabolism, women’s brains appear to be younger than men’s, according to a report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis studied 205 people (121 women) who were 20 to

Mythbusting: Hydration

Water is involved in many critical bodily functions, from maintaining blood pressure and transporting nutrients to lubricating joints, digesting foods, removing waste from the body, and regulating body temperature. “The human body loses fluids through sweating and urination, and, if sick, also potentially through vomiting, diarrhea, or blood loss,” says

The Benefits of Cataract Surgery Go Beyond Your Sight

Previous research has suggested links between visual impairment and cognitive decline and/or Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. A common reason for vision impairment in this age group is cataracts: a condition that causes the lens of the eye to become opaque, and blurs the image you see when you focus

Neuropsychological Tests: What’s Involved

Some memory lapses are normal as you age, but if you are concerned about your forgetfulness, there is a range of tests that can evaluate your cognition. These tests aim to identify possible cognitive impairment—or rule it out—as early as possible, but for some individuals the results are inconclusive. “In

Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment

Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment

Most older adults have some memory slips, but mild cognitive impairment crosses the line from normal lapses into excessive memory changes. MCI is the stage that comes after age-associated memory impairment, and it sometimes—but not always—leads to dementia.

Currently, as many as 15 to 20 percent of Americans aged 65 and

Dementia Prevention: Reduce Your Risk with Physical Activity

Dementia Prevention: Reduce Your Risk with Physical Activity

Several large, well-designed studies have concluded that exercise is good for the brain. Even moderate exercise, such as walking, when done regularly, has proven benefits for mental function. The evidence is convincing that regular physical activity (walking, bicycling, swimming) improves mental function. A few studies also suggest that it may

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