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Sleep test predicts dementia in older adults

Dementia is a growing problem for people as they age, but it often goes undiagnosed. Now investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have discovered and validated a marker of...

To Jeanne Beker, a Healthy Brain Means a Healthy Life

While Jeanne Beker may be best known for her work in fashion journalism and television, she’s also an Honourary Board Member of the Women’s Brain Health Initiative (WBHI), a Canadian and U.S. foundation that works to combat brain-aging diseases and protect...

PTSD may double the risk of dementia

People who experience post-traumatic stress disorder may be twice as likely to have dementia later in life, according to a new study — a finding with important implications for the coronavirus pandemic. The...

DO BRAIN GAMES KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP AS YOU AGE?

Challenging your brain with games and puzzles (e.g. crosswords, Sudoku, chess, and computer brain-training games) is commonly believed to help maintain or improve brain health. In a 2015 survey of Americans aged 40 and older,...

HOW SOCIAL ISOLATION CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

Physical pain is unpleasant, yet it’s vital for survival because it’s a warning that your body is in danger. It tells you to take your hand off a hot burner...

Heart Health Is Brain Health, and It Starts in Your 20s

Having established that poor cardiovascular health in midlife increases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia as a person ages, scientists are now pushing to see if the same relationship might hold true even...

Physical demands required for work may have negative consequences for brain health

Regular exercise helps to bulk up our brains and improve thinking skills, numerous studies show. But physically demanding jobs, even if they are being carried out in an office, might have a...

Loneliness linked to poorer brain health and reduced quality of life in HIV

Among HIV-negative people, studies have found that loneliness can interfere with mental health, cognitive functioning and quality of life. In this population, one analysis has found that persistent loneliness is associated with a...

Early Learning May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in Old Age

A new study has found that people who engaged in learning activities as children — studying foreign languages, being read to, looking at atlases, books and other learning materials, playing games that stimulate the...

Pandemic Linked to Rise in Depression and Anxiety In New Moms

Pregnant and postpartum women are already at a high risk of depression and anxiety. In fact, one in seven women struggle with symptoms before and after giving birth, according to past research. But the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating...

Alzheimer’s Isn’t Inevitable

The other night, I watched a two-hour interview with the actress Olivia de Havilland, in which she swooned when recalling meeting the swashbuckling Errol Flynn in 1934. She also described how Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable played...

Getting Stroke Survivors Moving

Worldwide, one out of every six people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Thankfully, a large number of those individuals will survive the stroke, but many of those survivors will experience long-term disability. In...

Migraine history ‘significant risk factor’ for dementia

A history of suffering from migraines is a “significant risk factor” for developing different forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recently published study by researchers from the University of Waterloo and the...

Quarantine Shines a Light on the Health Effects of Loneliness & Social Isolation

As a cognitive neuroscientist and clinical neuropsychologist, I have been yammering away for years about the detrimental effects of loneliness and social isolation on brain health and overall health. Loneliness and social isolation have long been of interest to...

Coronavirus anxiety is placing huge demands on our brains

It should come as no surprise that the COVID-19 crisis is placing huge demands on the human brain. We are experiencing raw, existential anxiety for the health and safety of ourselves and those dearest to...

THROUGH THE WEEDS

Use of cannabis by young people up to 25 years of age is discouraged because it can have detrimental effects on their developing brains. But, what is the impact of using cannabis for adults, particularly...

PURPLE HAZE

Use of vaping devices has grown rapidly in the past decade. While initially promoted as a smoking cessation aid for adults addicted to conventional cigarettes, vaping devices have become incredibly popular among young people, many...

SEEKING THE IDEAL EXERCISE “PRESCRIPTION” FOR BRAIN HEALTH

Your risk of developing dementia is influenced by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. While there is nothing you can do about the genetics that you are born with, and there are only...

MIND OVER MATTER – VOLUME 10

Thanks to the ongoing support of our partner Brain Canada, Women’s Brain Health Initiative’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...

YOUR NEXT DOCTOR APPOINTMENT WILL LIKELY BE VIRTUAL

Last September, I wrote to you about virtual care and how telemedicine was becoming more and more important to the Canadian public as there was, and is, a shortage of family doctors. The article...

Preserving Your Brain Health While in Isolation

We’ve been thinking about you. You’ve likely never experienced anything like what we’re witnessing now. In a matter of days, our lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Women’s Brain Health Initiative...

An added immune booster – A Robust Circadian Rhythm

While isolation and hygiene are effective in reducing the chance of infection, they do little to increase our resilience to the virus so that we suffer less and recover faster. In addition, the stress...

Isolation and Monotony Stress the Brain – Here’s How to Cope

If you’re anything at all like me these days, life in quarantine has started to resemble the movie “Groundhog Day.” A monotonous series of 24-hour increments where you wake, brush your teeth, put...

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