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Aging

What Can Help You Stay Sharp as You Age?

Maintaining physical activity and consuming blueberries, turmeric and rosemary may help you stay sharp as you age. Which will you try?

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Surgery Doesn’t Boost Risk of Alzheimer Disease

Experts have been concerned that anesthesia for surgery might boost the risk of Alzheimer disease. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic have reassuring news.

Aging

Can You Lower Your Dementia Risk With a Few Drinks?

If you want to lower your dementia risk with a drink or two, stick to just one or two a week. LIght drinking is linked to less plaque in the brain.

senior woman with her adult daughter
Aging

Stalked by the Fear That Dementia Is Stalking You

Should you be tested to see if you are likely to develop dementia? The answer is different for everyone. What will you do with the results?

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Cognitive Dysfunction

What Is the Evidence That Cocoa Flavanols Improve Health?

A number of studies lead to the conclusion that cocoa flavanols improve health. But that doesn't make chocolate bars health food.

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Aging

Colorful Fruits and Veggies to Protect Your Brain

Scientists find that older people who consume lots of fruits and veggies rich in flavonol compounds are less prone to Alzheimer dementia.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Can You Prevent Dementia With Grape Seed Extract?

Rodent research shows that grape seed extract can slow cognitive decline and the development of dementia. How well will it work for humans?

A variety of statin drugs
Cognitive Dysfunction

A Big Statin Controversy: Do Statins Impair Memory?

Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin and rosuvastatin remain highly popular. Can such statins impair memory?

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Burning Tongue

Vitamin B12 Lack Led to Balance and Memory Problems

A serious vitamin B12 lack due to PPI medication, vegan diet, or stomach inflammation can cause trouble with balance, cognition and fatigue.

Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphic
Cognitive Dysfunction

Will Statins Wreak Havoc With Your Memory?

Sometimes people fear that statins wreak havoc with cognitive function. A recent Australian study found no evidence of this effect.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Has a Chinese Company Found a Cure for Alzheimer’s?

Drug companies have long been thwarted in developing a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Now a Chinese firm is taking a different approach to the problem.

soccer player heading a soccer ball
Alzheimer’s Disease

Soccer and Brain Damage: Kids and Headers?

Soccer is a wonderful sport. It requires extraordinary stamina and great team play. Kids love it. But is there harm to the brain when players head the ball?

Swimmers swimming in a pool
Aging

Show 1182: How You Can Use Exercise as Medicine

Doctors who use exercise as medicine offer personalized prescriptions for activity. This can be as powerful as medications for promoting health.

Dr. Drew Ramsey holding greens tells how to eat to nourish your brain
Podcasts

Show 1180: How to Eat to Nourish Your Brain

Do you know what foods you should eat to nourish your brain? You can improve your outlook and cognitive function by getting the 21 essential nutrients.

CocoaVia cocoa flavanols
Blood Clots

What Are the Health Benefits of Cocoa Flavanols?

Our new underwriter, CocoaVia, offers high-potency cocoa flavanols without the calories of chocolate.

senior man exercising on stationary bike in health club
Aging

Do Older People Improve Their Memories with Exercise?

Some older volunteers were able to improve their memories with a single exercise session. To make the benefits last, they needed to keep exercising.

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Don’t Count on Stimulants for Better Memory

Research shows it's a mistake to take stimulants for better memory and attention. The gains are tiny, and the drugs interfere with getting good sleep.

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Cognitive Dysfunction

Should You Drink Cherry Juice for Your Brain?

According to a study, older people who drink cherry juice score better on tests of cognitive function after three months.

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Bites (mosquitoes, flies, chiggers)

Show 1174: What to Do About Skeeter Syndrome

This week, share your thoughts and learn about skeeter syndrome, how certain common drugs affect your ability to think and statin side effects.

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Aging

Do Blueberries Help Older People with Memory?

Numerous studies show that anthocyanins in blueberries help lower systolic blood pressure and improve cognitive performance of impaired individuals.