The People's Perspective on Medicine
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.

confused older man
Alzheimer’s Disease

Are You Suffering Senility or Vitamin B12 Deficiency?

Symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency may mimic senility, with poor concentration, constipation, balance problems and tingling or numbness in hands or feet.

senior woman with her adult daughter
Alzheimer’s Disease

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia: The Link Gets Much Stronger!

Alzheimer disease is devastating. People assume it is caused by bad genes or bad luck. There are increasing data linking anticholinergic drugs and dementia.

Mediterranean diet salad with olive oil
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can a Mediterranean Diet Protect Your Brain?

You don't have to live near the Mediterranean Sea to benefit from a traditional diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruit and olive oil.

confused older man
Cognitive Dysfunction

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Can Cause Cognitive Problems

Older people are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency, which can lead to cognitive difficulties. Certain medications and a vegetarian diet increase the risk.

Senior couple having fun and eating mediterranean meal during travel
Cognitive Dysfunction

Will a Mediterranean Diet Benefit Your Brain?

To get the Mediterranean diet benefit for cognitive and cardiovascular health, stick with mostly plants, use olive oil and stay away from processed food.

forgetful man slaps forehead
Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss?

Whatever you call brain fog--confusion, disorientation forgetfulness or memory loss--it can be devastating. Many meds can trigger cognitive dysfunction.

gray-haired older man
Aging

Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairment

Older adults who show signs of falling for scams may be at risk for mental deterioration over the next several years.