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Medicine ignored women’s health for years — that’s finally changing

Something surprising happened when Edna Haber went to the doctor a few years ago, complaining of dizzy spells and feeling like something was “off.” After a barrage of tests, her charts came back clean,...

5 medical biases against women

From drug trials that only use men to misconceptions about CPR, medicine’s gender inequalities can be matters of life or death. Heart failure  A study last week revealed that women in Australia are less likely than men to...

Extra weight may weaken your brain

Extra pounds and a wider waistline won’t do your brain any favors as you get older, a new study suggests. In fact, obesity appears to accelerate brain aging by a decade or more, the researchers...

Why Language Breaks Down in Dementia

We listen to sounds coming out of someone’s mouth and turn it into meaning so often and so easily we hardly ever think about it. But when we visit a foreign country and...

LGBT PEOPLE MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP DEMENTIA

A new study suggests members of the LGBT community are more likely to suffer from dementia and cognitive loss. The study, from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), found that LGBT people were 29...

There are ways to keep your brain healthy

In recent years, one promising Alzheimer’s drug after another has failed to produce results in clinical trials. At the same time, the growing number of older adults with cognitive problems is reaching a crisis point. In...

Surprising Ways to Boost Brain Health

According to the World Health Organization, 50 million people worldwide are suffering from dementia, a number projected to triple by 2050. Fortunately, experts say there are lots...

Some commonly prescribed medications may increase your risk of dementia

A study out of the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom  found that there is a link between dementia and certain classes of anticholinergic drugs. The drugs, particularly antidepressants, bladder antimuscarinics, antipsychotics and antiepileptic drugs,...

My Cup of Tea

Green tea has been widely consumed and appreciated throughout Asia for centuries, and its popularity has been increasing rapidly in the West in recent decades as more and more people discover its potential for boosting...

Personalized approach to aging brain health

People are living longer than ever before, but brain health isn’t keeping up. To tackle this critical problem, a team of researchers has proposed a new model for studying age-related cognitive decline—one that’s tailored to the...

A high calorie diet causes your brain health to decline faster

The average person eats many more calories than they did 50 years ago – equivalent to an extra fast-food burger meal every day – which is having devastating results for our brains and waistlines, an ANU...

Research reveals how the Internet may be changing your brain

An international team of researchers from Western Sydney University, Harvard University, Kings College, Oxford University and University of Manchester have found the Internet can produce both acute and sustained alterations in specific...

Are hormones a “female problem” for animal research?

One of the most deep-seated misconceptions about the human psyche is that men are simple and women are complicated. Gender psychology scholars trace this belief back to at least the 19th century, when the...

Your health in middle age predicts your brain health later in life

Researchers have identified factors associated with brain health in middle age in order to develop ways to preserve brain function when people are older. According to the findings, people’s health in middle age predicts how healthy you’ll be later in life. Cognitive decline is...

Your Nutritional Needs Change as You Age

It’s not about waking up, realizing you’re 35 (or 45, or 55, or 65 … ) and modifying a lifetime of habits then and there. According to Dr. Nicole Avena, an assistant professor of...

The best exercises for brain health

There’s a lot you can learn from your elders, starting with the results of a multi-year study of exercise and brain health in seniors. Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami compared results...

Sudoku, Crosswords Could Make Your Brain Years Younger

Mornings spent figuring out Sudoku Sudoku or finessing a crossword could spell better health for aging brains, researchers say. In a study of over 19,000 British adults aged 50 and over who were tracked for 25 years,...

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...

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