Tag: heart brain connection

From the Editor

Dear Friends,

When medieval philosophers speculated that the heart was “the root of all faculties”—the source of what makes each person unique—they were onto something. Of course, we now understand that cognition and consciousness spring from the brain, not the heart. But scientific research is increasingly demonstrating that what’s good for

MGH Research Targets Proteins’ Roles in Hastening Dementia, Dealing with Stress

Two recent studies by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers may help doctors move closer toward lowering the risks of Alzheimer’s disease and stress-related conditions, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In one study, published recently in JAMA Neurology, MGH researchers found that the risk for cognitive decline in older

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

From the Editor

If the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia were solely a question of pharmaceutical interventions, the picture would be quite depressing: No new Alzheimer’s therapies have won federal approval since 2003, and recent Alzheimer’s clinical trials have had a 99 percent failure rate. Fortunately, however, there is

What Is Cerebrovascular Disease?

What Is Cerebrovascular Disease?

A cerebrovascular disease is one caused by arteries blocked by a blood clot, bleeding in or around the brain caused by a ruptured blood vessel, and any change in the brain’s blood vessels that alters the normal flow of blood. “Cerebro” refers to the brain and “vascular” pertains to blood

1. Getting a Better Picture of Your Brain

The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85

1. Your Heart-Brain Partnership

Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood

A Letter From The Consulting Editor

Dear Friends,
Before the discoveries of modern medicine, medieval philosophers believed the heart was “the root of all faculties”—the source of what makes each individual unique. Though we now understand that cognition and consciousness spring instead from the brain, those ancient thinkers were not far wrong in emphasizing the central role

Heart Disease May Put You At Risk for Dementia

Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women in this country, with 400,000 succumbing to heart attack, heart failure or stroke every year. Yet the high prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease indicates the threat is not being taken seriously.
If you are not concerned about your heart health, listen

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