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Ahead of the Pack

With the Olympics officially underway, we want to highlight trampoline gymnast Rosie MacLennan, who, in addition to being one of Canada’s most accomplished athletes, is also a fierce advocate of brain health....

Busting Barriers – Unique Research for the Transgender Community

It is not uncommon for a researcher to show an interest in science at an early age. Growing up, Reubs Walsh was more precocious than most children her age. As a young child, she sought...

How PositIve are “Positive Affirmations”?

You may have heard about the power of affirmations. There has been much hype in both the self-help world and the media about the ways in which repeating positive statements to yourself can help with...

FDA Approves First Alzheimer’s Drug since 2003

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first new medication for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly two decades, a contentious decision made despite opposition from the agency’s independent...

Age is not a barrier to keeping fit and healthy

It’s often said that a major sign you’re getting older is when you struggle to recover from exercise as quickly as you did back in your younger days. The same body that could cope readily with a...

From Her Lips to Our Ears

Our annual signature event FROM HER LIPS TO OUR EARS is back! This year, Joan Lunden, award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and television host, candidly shares her anxieties, breakthroughs, and how she’s coping with the realities...

Challenge your brain to help keep cognitive decline at bay

There is an interesting phenomenon that dementia researchers have noticed. Some individuals who have extensive dementia-type damage in their brains experience little to no changes in cognitive function. People who experience this phenomenon are said...

Has Your Brain Health Suffered During COVID-19 Isolation?

Staying socially connected is extremely important for our overall health, including our brain health. A 2019 review article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that various aspects of social isolation, including low levels...

Sleep On It

Sleep is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. This is perhaps not surprising if you think about how fantastic you feel getting up after a great night’s sleep – one where you fell asleep...

Drinking Most Harmful to Brain Health at 3 Points in Your Life

Alcohol poses the greatest threat to brain health at three periods of a person’s life, according to new research. During those three periods — from conception to birth, from ages 15 to 19, and after age 65...

Socializing Can Help Protect Your Brain Health

Older people who report greater levels of social engagement have more robust gray matter in regions of the brain relevant in dementia, according to new research led by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of...

Racial disparities exist in cognitive health expectancies, despite educational attainment

In a new study, University of Nebraska–Lincoln sociologist Marc A. Garcia explored how educational attainment can benefit cognitive health in later life, and whether there are differences in its benefits among minorities. Garcia and his co-authors...

Coping Strategies for Covid Anxiety & Depression

As 2020 drags on and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, the number of people reporting mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and stress, has skyrocketed. According to recent data, symptoms of anxiety and...

The thinking on flavonoids

Science already touts the heart-health benefits of plant-based diets like the Mediterranean, MIND, and DASH diets. Now researchers have turned their attention to how plant-based eating also may prevent dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. And one class of...

Not accounting for sex differences in Covid research could be deadly

Historically, medical research has often taken a one-size-fits-all approach, lumping women and men together despite growing evidence that the sexes differ in how they catch and fight disease. A stark example was the heart drug digoxin, which...

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...

Employees’ Ability to Focus Attention and Complete Tasks Down 31%

Americans have been living in a highly-prolonged state of unpredictability amid COVID-19. The consequence of this chronic stress, anxiety and depressive mood is the declining cognitive performance of the nation’s workers. According to the Mental Health Index –...

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...

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