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Dark Chocolate Benefits for Brain Health

Dark Chocolate Benefits for Brain Health

The ancient Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec peoples were onto something about the benefits of chocolate when they began consuming it, mostly in the form of cocoa beverages, some 3,500 years ago. Today science is finding that phytochemical compounds called flavanols found in dark chocolate—the darker, the better—and cocoa have cardiovascular

Healthy Eating Can Slow Mental Decline

Healthy Eating Can Slow Mental Decline

Healthy eating is essential to keeping your brain in peak condition. Brain cells need a rich and varied supply of vitamins and nutrients to grow and function properly, and to resist and repair damage. Important elements supplied by foods help protect your brain from free radicals (unstable molecules that damage

Recognize the Stages of Dementia

Unlike cancer, which is often described by the stage of the disease, the degree of dementia affecting a person isn’t typically discussed in terms of numbered stages. Dementia tends to be described as mild (“early”), moderate (“middle”) or severe (“late”).

But there are scales that offer more thorough descriptions of each

What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

What Is Lewy Body Dementia?

Dementia is frustrating! It causes tremendous heartache and anguish for so many families. As you can imagine, struggling with any type of dementia is difficult enough, but the burden is doubled when an incorrect diagnosis is made.

Homosysteine: The Facts

Doctors routinely measure blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, because high levels are strongly associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, and bringing these levels down through diet, exercise, and appropriate medication may lower risk. Some researchers suggest that another measure, homocysteine (ho-mo-SIS-teen) levels, should be added to

From the Editor: Defeating Loneliness

Loneliness—highlighted in one of this month’s News Briefs—affects about a third of older adults. While occasional loneliness is normal, chronic loneliness has been associated with poor physical and mental health. Lonely people report feeling more stress than non-lonely people, even when they are relaxing. Loneliness also is a major precipitant

Hypothyroidism May Be the Cause of Your Fatigue

Hypothyroidism May Be the Cause of Your Fatigue

Hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by autoimmune thyroid disease, a disorder in the body that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s thyroid gland.

The attack renders the thyroid incapable of producing enough thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism working at a normal pace, leading, ultimately, to fatigue and

Benefits of Berries on Brain Health

Benefits of Berries on Brain Health

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

Do Brain Games Work?

We live in a time of great distraction, and a growing number of people are having trouble concentrating long before any age-related cognitive changes set in. To see if brain training could help people reclaim their focus, a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge developed and tested an

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