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Treat Health Problems Before They Trash Your Memory

Problems with cognition and memory are not necessarily a normal aspect of aging, and they should not be ignored, an MGH neuropsychologist cautions. The first step in addressing these problems is to get a thorough medical assessment to rule out cardiovascular disease, hypothyroidism, and many of the other medical issues

Brain Foods for Improving Mental Functioning

It’s well known that your diet can affect your heart health, weight, and digestion, but it’s easy to forget food can affect your mind—including your tendency to forget.
“Adopting a healthier eating pattern can benefit your brain,” says Jenna Rosenfeld, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, a registered dietitian at Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

High Blood Pressure in Mid-Life May Cause or Aggravate Dementia

An expert panel of the American Heart Association (AHA) has found consistent evidence that high blood pressure in midlife (age 40-64) is associated with impaired cognitive function in mid- and later life.
When high blood pressure develops after age 64, its impact on brain function is less clear, the panel explained

2. Brain-Healthy Dietary Patterns

When the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) were released in January 2016, they earned headlines for their focus on added sugars and relaxed view of dietary fat. But the most important point of the updated DGAs was often overlooked in the flurry of media coverage: Healthy eating is more

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

3. Who is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

A good deal of research has been done to try to pinpoint who is at greatest risk for getting Alzheimer’s disease. Simply getting older raises your risk, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most

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