You probably know that regular exercise lowers the risk of mild cognitive impairment, or “pre-dementia,” and Alzheimer’s, but do you know which exercise is best for brain health? Step off the treadmill and pick up some iron because newer research shows strength training outperforms aerobics when it comes to improving
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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
Our 10-day plan and sample recipes can give you a jump-start on healthy eating habits that will benefit your heart and brain. Diet is only part of the equation, however: Getting plenty of physical activity, sleeping well, and keeping your stress level down are essential, too.
The scientific evidence that
Q: I tend to worry a lot about things that are out of my control. I tell myself that my worries are unrealistic, but I can’t always help myself. Why does this happen?
A: Worrying can be a way we try to solve problems. In our worry, we search for solutions and alternative
If you think dreams are the only thing keeping your mind busy while you sleep, think again. The strengthening and organization of your old and new memories goes on every night, a realization that underscores the importance of sleep in the ongoing effort to preserve the important information in your
Yet another study has added to a mound of evidence that suggests that chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can wreak havoc on the brain. The research—presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in May 2013—supports earlier studies in suggesting that lowering stress levels may be an important
Atrial fibrillation (Afib), which affects about 2.7 million Americans, dramatically raises the risk for stroke, is linked with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and increases the risk for heart failure and death. A recent study conducted by MGH researcher Jeremy Ruskin, MD, and colleagues (Annals of Internal Medicine,
EAT MORE FIBER TO LOWER YOUR STROKE RISK
You can reduce your risk of a first-time stroke by seven percent with every seven-gram increase in your total daily intake of fiber, according to research published in the May 2013 issue of Stroke. There are about seven grams of fiber in a
The more scientists learn about the brain, the more it appears that brain aging is not inevitable. Cognitive de-cline—once thought to be a normal aspect of growing older—may, in fact, be the product of un-healthy lifestyle choices that can be avoided.
“In the past decade or so, research has identified a
Some decline in a person’s ability to exercise inhibitory control—an important brain function that allows people to suppress actions and resist interference from irrelevant stimuli—is normal with increasing age. But significant change appears to signal incipient brain problems and may make earlier diagnosis of neurodegenerative processes possible, research suggests..