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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

1. Sleep Is Our Body’s Chance for Routine Maintenance

Although our conscious mind is closed to the outside world when we sleep, the rest of our body is not at rest. If you think of the body as a machine, sleep puts it in “idle” mode so that repairs can be made. Hundreds of biological processes continue: The heart

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

5. Supplemental Nutrition

If you believe the advertisements and label claims of America’s booming supplement industry, there’s hardly any need to bother with an overall healthy dietary pattern or choosing foods associated with brain power benefits. Simply popping a pill—or a handful of pills—you can make up for any nutritional shortfalls in your

4. Brain Food

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

1. Inside the Brain

If you were to look only at the record of pharmaceutical interventions against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the picture would be bleak. “’The history of the results of clinical trials has been a history of disappointment,” says Keith Fargo, PhD, director of scientific programs and outreach for

8. Helping Yourself

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

7. On the Horizon

With 16 million people expected to have Alzheimer’s disease (AD) by the year 2050, researchers are in a race against time to find an effective treatment, or better yet, a cure. However, progress on a drug that might halt or reverse dementia has been slow, and largely disappointing. Over the

5. Detecting Alzheimer’s

Despite the tremendous amount of research that has been done and is ongoing, there is still no single definitive test for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In fact, the official diagnostic criteria most recently updated in 2011 by the National Institutes of Health and the Alzheimer’s Association rely primarily on clinical

3. Dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability severe enough to prevent someone from performing everyday activities. The cognitive skills affected can include all thinking skills, from the ability to make judgments to organizing speech, although memory loss is by

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