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Mind the Gap

Approximately two-thirds of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are women. However, research into sex and gender differences in AD is astonishingly limited. Because the greatest risk factor for dementia is age, the discrepancy between...

Dazed & Confused

It is common for women to experience cognitive difficulties, sometimes referred to as “brain fog,” as they go through the menopause transition. They might be forgetful, or have trouble concentrating or thinking clearly. In one...

Past the Call of Duty

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression have been associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, either each on its own or in combination with one another. This is of particular...

The Germ of an Idea

The idea that infectious agents (such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi) may play a role in dementia is not new. Alois Alzheimer – the man who first described a “peculiar disease” in 1906 that would later become known as Alzheimer’s disease – first proposed that infection might be involved in the disease process. Over the years, various researchers have uncovered findings that support potential links between different infectious agents and neurological disorders.

Half Full

Are you a glass half-empty or glass half-full kind of person? Your answer to this question – which reflects your tendency to be either an optimist (half full) or a pessimist (half empty) – not...

In the Palm of Your Hand

risk genes and deterministic genes. Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing the disease, but do not guarantee that...

Under Pressure; Millennials – The Most Stressed Demographic

It was a delicious antidote to a brutally cold winter night in downtown Toronto. A roomful of millennials (those born between the years 1984 and 2000) gathered to hear about fine food and healthy eating...

Hot & Bothered

At midlife – roughly mid-forties to mid- sixties – many women juggle responsibilities at work (during the peak years of their careers) and at home (sometimes caring for both children and aging parents). At the...

MIND OVER MATTER 8

Thanks to the ongoing support of Brain Canada, Margaret Nightingale, Sylvia Soyka and William Moir, WBHI’s newest edition of MIND OVER MATTER has just been published. Loaded with interesting science-based articles, MIND OVER MATTER brings you the latest...

Women’s Brain Health Initiative Welcomes Funding for National Dementia Strategy

The national charity Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI) believes that the announcement in the Federal Budget of $50 Million in funding for a National Dementia Strategy is a crucial and welcome step in Canada’s response...

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Protecting Ourselves Against Dementia, Heart Disease, and Cancer On Monday April 29th, join us to hear powerful messages from experts on the best ways to guard against disease, unique differences for women, and the control...

The Root To Better Brain Health

Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are a popular root vegetable used in many cuisines across the globe. While you may not find them on your typical grocery list, beets are packed with essential vitamins, nutrients,...

Sugar & Spice And What’s Not Nice For Your Brain

Eating a balanced diet is vital for good health and overall wellbeing. Food provides our bodies with the energy, protein, essential fats, vitamins, and minerals to live, grow, and function properly. Sugar and salt are present...

Creativity – Therapy for the Mind

Creativity is a broad concept that is often characterized by the ability to perceive the world in novel ways, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate innovative and useful solutions. While creativity was...

The Effects of Hormones on Brain Health

Hormones are regulatory substances produced by various glands (such as the thyroid, pituitary, ovaries, and adrenal) that stimulate specific cells in the body. They are carried by the blood to different parts of the body...

The First Time I Knew There was a Problem

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the most-feared disease in many western nations, surpassing cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Awareness of dementia is higher than ever before, with individuals across the globe searching for signs...

Too Young to Fade

Dementia is commonly thought of as a disease that affects older adults. While those aged 65 and over certainly do make up the vast majority of individuals with dementia, there is also a growing number...

Ethics of Capacity, Mandatory Retirement, & Those at Potential Risk

Nearly ten years ago, Dr. Michael Gordon received a panicked phone call from the wife of a physician, a man who was a long-time colleague and friend. She pleaded that it was urgent for Dr....

Staying Hydrated Boosts Brain Power

Water consumption and brain function are integrally connected. Over 60% of the adult human body is composed of water and every system in the body is dependent on proper hydration, including the activities of the...

Gut Reaction

The human body is host to trillions of microbes. In fact, slightly more than half of the cells found in our bodies are microbes – mostly bacteria, but also fungi, viruses, protozoa, archaea, and other...

Mind Matters – Women, Technology, & Staying Independent

Maintaining our dignity, independence, and safety is key to maintaining good quality of life as we age. On Tuesday December 11, join Women’s Brain Health Initiative and AGE-WELL and two expert panelists address how technology can support independent...

RBC PRESENTS ENGAGING MILLENNIAL MINDS – PEACE OF MIND

On Thursday November 22, join Women’s Brain Health Initiative’s Young Person’s Cabinet for the first event in Series 3 of Engaging Millennial Minds // Peace of Mind. Statistics show that millennials may be the most...

MIND MATTERS – Women, Technology & Diabetes

Diabetes dramatically increases your chances of suffering from cardiovascular and renal disease, depression, and even limb amputations. It can reduce your lifespan between 5-15 years and is more common among those 64 and older. Diabetes...

MIND OVER MATTER 7

Thanks to the ongoing support of Brain Canada, WBHI’s newest edition of MIND OVER MATTER has just been published. Loaded with interesting science-based articles, MIND OVER MATTER brings you the latest research findings and highlights the best ways to...

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