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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...

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...

There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women

“I was a workaholic. I love to create things, grow them and solve problems,” said Meng Li, a successful app developer in San Francisco. “I didn’t really care about my mind and...

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....

Do Concussions Affect Women Differently Than Men?

Does your sex affect how your brain responds to concussions and other injuries? According to recent research involving mice, the answer might be “Yes.” In a study published earlier this year in the journal Glia, researchers concluded that...

Anesthesia & Dementia

The administration of general anesthesia (an anesthetic used to induce unconsciousness during surgery), and its potential for long-term cognitive effects, has been under intense scrutiny. Memory loss after surgery affects more than 35% of young adults...

Swiss non-profit aims to break taboo of women’s brain health

If depression is twice as common in women than men worldwide, does that mean we need to change how we think about gender, health, and science? That’s the argument of the Women’s Brain Project, which is calling for...

Stress Can Shrink Your Brain

Chronic stress can deliver a damaging blow to a person’s health. It can have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system, breathing, the liver, digestion, the nervous system, and many other aspects of well-being....

The Story in our Genes – Genetic Testing for Dementia

Once on the frontiers of science, genetic testing has in recent years moved into the mainstream. According to industry estimates, the number of people who have had their genes analyzed with direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic genealogy tests...

Assessing the ‘Worried Well’ – Online Memory Testing Tools

As we age, it is normal to experience some decline in our memory function. But with so much public concern about the ever-increasing prevalence of dementia, many of us wonder if our forgetfulness is a...

Could It Be In You To Give? The Latest on Alzheimer’s Blood Tests

With most deadly diseases, an early diagnosis is crucial. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is no different, but it has been challenging to detect. Many people suffer from the disease for years, or even decades, before showing...

Ten Minutes of Exercise Daily Can Make a Difference to Your Brain Health

We know that physical activity is critical to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps with muscle strengthening, physical control and coordination, but, most importantly, it helps maintain good blood flow to the brain and may encourage...

Heads Up – The Effects of Migraine on Your Brain

For the 10% to 15% of the population who experience migraines, the intense pain can be incapacitating. It is a complex neurological disorder that can affect one or both sides of the brain, and involves...

Positivity and optimism might protect against cognitive decline

Want to boost your brain health? Try getting happy, suggests a new report from AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, which looks at how mental well-being — comprised of things such as your mood or...

New appropriate use criteria for lumbar puncture in Alzheimer’s diagnosis

In preparation for more tools that detect and measure the biology associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementias earlier and with more accuracy, an Alzheimer’s Association-led Workgroup has published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for lumbar puncture (spinal tap)...

Time to rethink how we diagnose Alzheimer’s

With all the focus on Alzheimer disease in recent years as a result of the aging population, what have we learned? A symposium at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 3-6, will...

Sexual Trauma in Women Linked to Devastating Long-Term Health Effects

The scars left behind by traumatic events mark both the body and the brain. As the recent testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh illustrated,...

First Ever Guidelines Address Depression in Midlife Women

The field of medicine has really grown in its appreciation for the need to understand factors that contribute to women’s vulnerability to depression. For example, there is much more understanding, outreach, and treatment for depression during...

Epigenetics – The Brain-Booster You’ve Never Heard Of

The emerging science of epigenetics describes the way our lifestyle and environment influence our gene expression over time. This growing field of research is a hot topic right now because it has radically altered our...

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