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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR LOVED ONE RECEIVES A DEMENTIA DIAGNOSIS

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia can bring mixed and complex emotions. For some, it may be a relief that there is finally an explanation for symptoms....

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...

Exercise Builds Brain Health

Scientists have collected plenty of evidence linking exercise to brain health, with some research suggesting fitness may even improve memory. But what happens during exercise to trigger these benefits? New UT Southwestern research that mapped...

Sex and Gender and Pandemics

A crisis has a way of highlighting problems that garner too little attention in more normal times. The pandemic has laid bare a vast array of social challenges, everything from the state of long-term care to the...

Thinning Retinas Offer A Clue To Early Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

The earlier we can diagnose Alzheimer’s, the better. This is why scientists are putting so much focus on the human eye. While the exact link between the eye and Alzheimer’s disease is still occluded,...

Bear It In Mind – LIFELONG IMPACTS OF PREGNANCY ON A WOMAN’S BRAIN

Women are disproportionately affected by many brain disorders. For example, it is estimated that almost 70% of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are women. Women’s Brain Health Initiative and the Brain Canada Foundation have been...

Aerobics may be a smart workout for your brain at any age

It’s never too late to lace up some sneakers and work up a sweat for brain health, according to a study published in the May 13, 2020, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the...

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...

Dementia risk in middle-aged women who have surgically had their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed prior to menopause

More evidence that one of the reasons why more women than men might have Alzheimer’s disease is because of early life endocrine changes. Oophorectomy prior to menopause is associated with...

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...

Gene variant staves off Alzheimer’s in some people

Stanford Medicine researchers have found a gene variant that protects carriers of another gene variant, ApoE4, from developing Alzheimer’s disease — the first demonstration of that beneficial effect. People with a gene variant that puts them at...

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...

The Mind Diet

Recently, doctors have developed a “brain-healthy” diet that appears to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 per cent. There is even a bonus; you can follow the diet in...

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...

COVID-19 – What dementia caregivers need to know

Most likely, dementia does not increase risk for COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, just like dementia does not increase risk for flu. However, dementia-related behaviors, increased age and common health conditions that often...

Gender Disparity In Brain Health & The Alzheimer’s Epidemic

All over the world, women’s equality, which has come so far since the days of American suffragettes and Women’s Lib, is being re-evaluated in real time. Between #MeToo on the one hand and “lean in” on...

Mind What You Eat

MIND OVER MATTER interviews celebrity chef Michael Bonacini on what he does to stay healthy. Q – When did you start to get serious about your health? A – This happened to me five or six...

Tau Shows Promise as Achilles’ Heel for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease has long been characterized primarily by the buildup of two proteins in the brain – beta-amyloid and tau. Decades of focus on beta-amyloid has failed to significantly help patients. So researchers are...

Maternal Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Advanced age is the most significant risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, and having a parent with the disease is the second. It is estimated that individuals with a first-degree relative with Alzheimer’s disease (AD)...