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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...

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia

People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according...

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...

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...

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...

Morning Exercise May Improve Decision-Making During the Day

Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in the morning improves cognitive functions associated with better decision-making for the rest of the day, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Western Australia. “Sedentary...

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...

WHY ARE SO MANY WOMEN REJECTING MEDICAL SCIENCE?

Snake oil is having a renaissance. And while it’s true that for hundreds of years dubious salesmen have been riding into town on their covered wagons with mysterious concoctions claiming they have miracle cures for...

Predicting If Your Memory Loss Will Be Alzheimer’s

In our twenties, we find it hilarious when we can’t remember our neighbor’s cat’s name or that adorable actor who starred in that movie—whatever it was called. In our thirties, we jokingly call it...

5-minute breathing ‘workout’ may benefit your brain and your heart

An ultra time-efficient exercise may lower your blood pressure and boost brain function. A five-minute workout called Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) lowers blood pressure in middle-aged to older adults; it also improves artery function and scores...

Calcium supplements may pose dementia risk to some women

As women age, they have to be sure to get enough calcium or their bones could suffer. Many doctors will prescribe calcium supplements to women at elevated risk for osteoporosis; risk factors can include...

What do we know about the effect of oral contraceptives on the brain?

A new Canadian study on how the birth control pill affects a woman’s ability to think is the latest to address a decades-old knowledge gap researchers say needs to be fixed –...

Brain Scans Show Cognitive Benefits of Exercise Over Time

In new work presented this week about the effects of exercise on the brain, researchers found that brain changes that occur after a single workout are predictive of what happens with sustained physical...

Having Fewer Periods Is Linked to an Increased Risk in Dementia

Women who spend less time in their reproductive years—those who get their period later, start menopause early or have a hysterectomy—may have a greater risk of dementia later in life, according to a new...

Sleep apnea may be tied to increased Alzheimer’s biomarker in brain

People who stop breathing during sleep may have higher accumulations of the toxic protein tau, a biological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in part of the brain that manages memory, navigation and perception of time. Recent evidence has supported...

Doing Physical and Mental Exercise When You’re Younger May Help Ward Off Dementia

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease generally strike late in life. But researchers say that what you do when you are younger — including activities like reading and gardening — can affect your risk of developing these...

Lessons about brain health from a landmark heart study

n 1948, more than 5,200 people living in a town just west of Boston volunteered for what has evolved into the longest running and best-known study of the causes of heart disease. But the multigenerational Framingham Heart...

Women’s Brains Appear Younger Than Men’s, so Why are Women More at Risk for Alzheimer’s?

We know there are differences in men and women’s brains that can translate to varied reactions to environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors. But a new study has found that women’s brains appear to be...

Blood test could detect Alzheimer’s up to 16 years before symptoms begin

A simple blood test could predict if a patient will develop Alzheimer’s disease up to 16 years before symptoms begin, a new study finds. By measuring changes in the levels of a protein in the...

Can Sunshine Help Your Brain?

A sunny day can make you feel happy, but it may also help retain some of your cognitive powers. New research suggests that vitamin D, often obtained through sun exposure, might be good...

Brains remember more easily with drawings than written notes

Older adults have been found to be just as adept as younger people when it comes to recalling new information, as long as they draw what they’re trying to remember. That was the finding of a recent Canadian study, which...

Strength training in older women necessary to ward off effects of aging

Regular physical activity may help older women increase their mobility, but muscle strength and endurance are likely to succumb to the effects of frailty if they haven’t also been doing resistance training....

Brain Fog in Menopause

Dr. Gayatri Devi’s patient, a 55-year-old former headmistress, had good reason to be distraught. The woman had a yearlong history of progressive memory loss and behavioral problems and was referred to...

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