7 ways to protect your brain — and your thinking power

(Eric B. Larson/ KP Washington Health Research Institute) — Want to maintain your thinking power over the long haul? Wearing a helmet can help prevent brain injuries that can lead to cognitive decline. But lack of exercise, poor diet, use of certain medications, and more can also put brain health at risk.  Dr. Eric B. […]

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High-intensity exercise improves memory, wards off dementia

(Jennifer J. Heisz/ The Conversation) — For the first time in human history, older people outnumber younger people. This has created unique health challenges. Dementia may be one of the scariest — a debilitating condition that erases memories; a condition without a cure. But dementia does not have to be your fate. Exercise protects our […]

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Alzheimer’s disease is composed of four distinct subtypes

(Neuroscience News) — Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the abnormal accumulation and spread of the tau protein in the brain. An international study can now show how tau spreads according to four distinct patterns that lead to different symptoms with different prognoses of the affected individuals. The study was published in Nature Medicine. “In contrast to […]

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Dementia: 25 grams of processed meat per day may raise risk

(James Kingsland/ Medical News Today) — A new study from scientists at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom suggests there is a link between eating processed meat in particular and an increased risk of developing dementia. Processed meats include products such as sausages, bacon, salami, and corned beef. That said, the research also […]

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Regular exercise may protect against dementia

(University of Queensland/ Futurity) — Regular exercise can improve brain function and may protect against dementia in middle-aged and older adults, with women benefitting almost twice as much as men, according to new research. The study used longitudinal data to investigate the physical activity behavior and cognitive function of 16,700 Europeans aged between 54 and […]

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10 factors linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease

(Mark Dallas/ La Conversation) — Although there’s still no cure, researchers are continuing to develop a better understanding of what increases a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study that looked at 396 studies has even been able to identify ten risk factors that are shown to increase the likelihood of developing the disease. Here […]

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Diet and exercise can shape how your mind ages

(Juliana DiGiacomo/ Science Worthy) — In a recent study on lifestyle and dementia, in a matter of weeks, supported lifestyle changes in diet, physical activity, and mental engagement improved demential symptoms. Dementia is a condition that many of us are all too familiar with within friends and family. Dementia itself is a blanket term that […]

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The only detox you need is sleep — but it’s not totally clear why

(Kat Eschner/ Popular Science) — Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep gets the most hype, but it’s far from the only important part of our snooze cycle. A new study shows that slow-wave sleep (SWS), the deepest phase of non-REM sleep, may be the key to detoxing our brains. The study identified a cycle that occurred […]

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Alzheimer’s directly kills brain cells that keep you awake

(Yasemin Saplakoglu/ Live Science) — Alzheimer’s disease might be attacking the brain cells responsible for keeping people awake, resulting in daytime napping, according to a new study. Excessive daytime napping might thus be considered an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Some previous studies […]

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Women’s mid-life stress linked to memory decline

(Futurity) — A new study links stressful life experiences among middle-aged women — but not men — to greater memory decline in later life. The researchers say their findings add to evidence that stress hormones play an uneven gender role in brain health, and align with well-documented higher rates of Alzheimer’s disease in women than […]

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