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Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

Is Ice Cream Bad for You?

It happened just like that. You sat on the couch, spoon in hand, to enjoy a few spoonfuls of your favorite ice cream. Suddenly, you were staring down the barrel of an empty carton, with remnants of Rocky Road splattered on your chin. “Not again,” you cried. As you pondered

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

Addiction Is a Brain Disorder Not a Moral Failing

Not long ago, it was a commonly held belief that addiction to drugs and alcohol was a moral failing. It was thought that an addicted person simply lacked the will power and the desire to change. As a result, families fell apart. Prisons filled. People died. That cycle continues, but

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Moderate drinking (one or two glasses a day) shouldn’t affect your cognitive function and may even provide some mild benefits. But chronic alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol-induced dementia due to the combined toxic effects of alcohol and the nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. In fact, heavy drinking (more

3. Common Sleep Disorders

Insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea are by far the most prevalent sleep disorders, but they’re far from the only ones. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recognizes 78 sleep disorders, which include restless legs syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, narcolepsy, and disorders that cause too much sleep (hypersomnia). Sleep

6. Evaluating Brain Supplement Claims

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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