As the largest resource of information specific to women's brain health, we are sure you will find what you are looking for, and promise that you will discover new information.
Published on: June 9, 2015
by Nick Tate for NewsMax:
A stroke can produce a decline in thinking and memory equivalent to aging eight years, according to a new study.
The findings, based on an analysis of data from more than 4,900 black and white stroke survivors over 65 years of age, indicated having had a stroke meant that their score on a 27-item test of memory and thinking speed had dropped as much as it would have if they had aged 7.9 years overnight.
The research, published in the journal Stroke, was conducted by the University of Michigan U-M Medical School and School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.
“As we search for the key drivers of the known disparities in cognitive decline between blacks and whites, we focus here on the role of ‘health shocks’ such as stroke,” said lead researcher Deborah Levine, M.D., assistant professor at U-M Medical School.
“Although we found that stroke does not explain the difference, these results show the amount of cognitive aging that stroke brings on, and therefore the importance of stroke prevention to reduce the risk of cognitive decline.”
The researchers stressed the importance of taking steps to reduce the risk of a stroke, including:
• Controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.
• Stopping or avoiding smoking.
• Controlling blood sugar in diabetes.
• Maintaining physical activity.
Researchers believe game-changing test will be available to doctors in two years. A simple blood test may be able to tell you whether you have Alzheimer’s disease and, in some cases, it can detect the...
At least one flu vaccination was associated with a 17% reduction in Alzheimer’s incidence. More frequent flu vaccination was associated with another 13% reduction in Alzheimer’s incidence. Vaccination against pneumonia...
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...
The material presented through the Think Tank feature on this website is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. WBHI strongly advises all questioners and viewers using this feature with health problems to consult a qualified physician, especially before starting any treatment. The materials provided on this website cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. The materials are not exhaustive and cannot always respect all the most recent research in all areas of medicine.