If you watch much television, you’ve no doubt wondered whether your brain might get a boost from a protein “originally found in jellyfish.” Touted as the top-selling supplement in the amorphous category of “brain health,” the jellyfish-protein pills are likened to supplements you may already be taking for your heart
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The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in
Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking
Neurogenesis is the formation of new nerve cells (neurons) in the brain, and it’s a process that begins in the embryo and lasts a lifetime. But for people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), inflammation in the brain causes the death of new neurons. That, in turn, stops the positive impact of
Think meditation is all about banishing outside thoughts, focusing on internal struggles, and listening to someone calmly guide you toward a state of relaxation? Think again. Transcendental meditation, or TM, is a widely practiced, highly effective form of repose that involves none of these things.
Yes, you sit quietly with
At some point, you may have attended a yoga class with a close friend or family member, thinking it would be a fun way to spend quality time relaxing and releasing stress from a hectic work week. However, did you know practicing yoga can accomplish a lot more than that?
A common reason long-time smokers give for not quitting is that the damage to their health has already been done and that giving up cigarettes now won’t make a difference. Of course that’s not true. Plenty of research shows that your cardiovascular health starts to improve on the same day
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A hormone called growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) appears to have the ability to improve brain function in healthy older adults, as well as in people who show early signs of cognitive decline. Preliminary research published in the Aug. 6, 2012 issue of the Archives of Neurology suggests that daily doses
For many people with arthritis, drug treatment is only part of their day-to-day disease management. Exercise, supplements, splints, assistive devices, dietary change, and alternative and thermal therapies offer patients the opportunity to take control of their arthritis and improve their quality of life.
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