By: Terry Graedon April 18, 2019 0 Comments
    Falling for Scams Is a Sign of Cognitive Impairm…

    If you are like most Americans, you've honed your ability to smell out a scam over the past few years. But not all older people have perfected these techniques. Falling for scams may be an early sign …

    By: Terry Graedon April 11, 2019 1 Comments
    Will Gum Disease Boost Your Risk for Dementia?

    If you are trying to reduce your chance of developing Alzheimer disease, you might want to schedule an appointment with your dentist. New research suggests that gum disease should join the list of fac…

    By: Terry Graedon March 14, 2019 6 Comments
    Can You See Alzheimer Disease with Retina Scan?

    New technology allows for non-invasive imaging of the retina. Now, such a retina scan may allow eye doctors to diagnose Alzheimer disease. Why Would a Retina Scan Be Helpful? The retina is richly supp…

    By: Terry Graedon February 18, 2019 16 Comments
    Can You Avoid Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfuncti…

    When you are told you need surgery, there is a lot to think about. What kind of surgery, and what is the recovery like? Will you need to spend time in the hospital? You need to know the risks and bene…

    By: Terry Graedon February 14, 2019 19 Comments
    FDA Cracking Down on Dietary Supplements for Dem…

    The Food and Drug Administration has just taken action against many companies that advertise their dietary supplements for dementia. The commercials often imply that these products could be used to tr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 31, 2019 18 Comments
    Could Aggressive Blood Pressure Control Save You…

    A new study suggests that aggressive blood pressure control may have modest benefits for cognitive function (The SPRINT MIND investigators, JAMA, Jan. 28, 2019). That is the conclusion from a fol…

    By: Terry Graedon January 24, 2019 9 Comments
    New Blood Test for Alzheimer Disease

    Detecting Alzheimer disease is complicated. There are no simple tests. Doctors can perform cognitive function evaluations and order brain imaging, but to date definitive diagnosis relies on autopsy ex…

    By: Joe Graedon January 17, 2019 23 Comments
    Are Leaky Blood Vessels A Culprit Behind Alzheim…

    What causes Alzheimer’s disease? That is the billion-dollar question which remains unanswered to this day. A lot of money has been spent trying to find answers to the mystery of dementia. Most exper…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2019 2 Comments
    Reduce Your Risk of Dementia with Physical Activ…

    Older people who would like to stay sharp can take one simple step: keep moving! Research from Rush University Medical Center suggests that physical activity can reduce elders' risk of dementia (Buchm…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 26 Comments
    Are Non-Sugar Sweeteners a Healthy Choice?

    When people hear that sugar-sweetened beverages pose health hazards, some respond by switching to diet soft drinks. A new analysis in The BMJ suggests that might not be the best strategy. Non-sugar sw…

    By: Joe Graedon December 20, 2018 12 Comments
    Could Exercise Save Your Brain?

    There are a couple of health problems that everyone dreads. A diagnosis of cancer is most unwelcome. Neurological conditions run a close second, though. If a doctor diagnoses Parkinson's disease, ALS …

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 0 Comments
    Men Who Love Veggies Have Better Memory

    Men who want to maintain better memory do well to load their plates with colorful vegetables and berries. Harvard researchers have been following more than 25,000 male health professionals for at leas…

    By: Terry Graedon November 22, 2018 1 Comments
    Will New MRI Help Doctors Detect Alzheimer Disea…

    Cognitive tests can help diagnose approximately 70 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Although scientists don’t yet have good drugs to prevent this devastating dementia, they are studying…

    By: Terry Graedon November 12, 2018 14 Comments
    Can You Prevent Alzheimer Disease with L-Lysine?

    Intriguing research suggests that the dementia we call Alzheimer's disease may be triggered by a common infection: herpes virus. Although the story is not yet complete, the brain's immune response to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 20 Comments
    What Is It About Coffee That Protects Your Brain…

    Java lovers appear to enjoy a variety of health benefits, including a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Now a team of Canadian researchers reports that they have figur…

    By: Terry Graedon November 1, 2018 21 Comments
    Are Your Eyes the Window to Your Brain?

    It is difficult to diagnose Alzheimer disease early in its course. In fact, a definitive diagnosis has only been available upon autopsy. But what if you had a window to your brain? Would that make ear…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2018 8 Comments
    Should You Be Taking Vitamin Supplements?

    There is growing consensus among health professionals that most people should not be taking vitamin supplements. Their view is that this is a waste of money that will do no more than lead to expensive…

    By: Terry Graedon October 18, 2018 5 Comments
    Do People Who Eat Fish Grow Old More Healthfully…

    Does eating fish or taking fish oil make any difference for your health? For decades, researchers have touted the anti-inflammatory benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. They have sug…

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2018 3 Comments
    How Much Exercise Do You Need to Boost Your Brai…

    If you want to boost your brain function, you might want to head to the gym for a bit. A study of three dozen healthy adults showed that even ten minutes of moderate physical activity can have measura…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 1 Comments
    Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

    We have long suspected that taking care of your heart health with exercise, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, stress management and social interaction could also benefit your brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 21 Comments
    Show 1132: Are Infections to Blame for Alzheimer…

    With nearly six million Americans living with Alzheimer disease, this condition is a serious public health problem. It robs people of their memories, their ability to function independently and even t…

    By: Terry Graedon August 9, 2018 7 Comments
    Sauna Bathing and Its Health Benefits

    Finnish researchers have been studying the health benefits of sauna bathing for years. Now, a new study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviews the evidence for cardiovascular and other healt…

    By: Terry Graedon May 17, 2018 11 Comments
    How to Eat to Maintain Your Brain

    If you are an older person who wants to maintain your brain, you should be very careful about what you eat. You may feel that lifestyle changes after age 65 couldn't make much difference for your heal…

    By: Terry Graedon May 14, 2018 4 Comments
    Will Spices Help Protect Your Memory?

    Dementia is as frightening to most people as the prospect of heart disease or cancer. You probably know that to avoid heart disease you want to control your weight, eat a healthful high-vegetable diet…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2018 8 Comments
    Soccer Players Putting Their Brains in Danger

    Soccer is normally considered a safe sport, relatively speaking. Compared to football players, for example, soccer players are thought to be less vulnerable to head injury. When concussions occur in s…

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Decaf Coffee Help You Keep Your Edge?

    What is your biggest fear about aging? Many people worry about loss of independence, whether they imagine that due to lack of mobility or due to cognitive decline. As a result, many baby boomers and o…

    By: Terry Graedon February 8, 2018 31 Comments
    Why Do Nursing Homes Dispense Risky Antipsychoti…

    The Food and Drug Administration has long warned that administering antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia is dangerous. That practice can increase the risk of premature death. Previous studies s…

    By: Terry Graedon January 25, 2018 31 Comments
    Will Curcumin Improve Cognitive Ability in Senio…

    A component of curry seems to have cognitive benefits in older adults. Curcumin is a principal ingredient in turmeric, and turmeric gives curry its distinctive yellow color. A new study of 40 people b…

    By: Joe Graedon January 22, 2018 55 Comments
    Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

    The top four statin-type cholesterol-lowering medications are atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin and rosuvastatin. Our back of the envelope calculations suggest that over 200 million prescriptions…

    By: Terry Graedon January 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Which Berries Are Best for Your Brain?

    Would you like to stay sharp as you grow older? Almost everyone would. Memory lapses can be extremely frustrating as well as embarrassing, particularly when they start to become more frequent. Experts…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 17 Comments
    No Good Evidence on Preventing Dementia

    The prospect of dementia is just as frightening to many people as the possibility of a cancer diagnosis. With the population aging, increasing numbers of Americans will suffer from Alzheimer disease. …

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Help Yourself to Leafy Greens for Better Brain P…

    New analyses appear to show that nothing works to prevent dementia. Nonetheless, one promising study found that a daily serving of leafy greens might help (Morris et al, Neurology, online Dec. 20, 20…

    By: Terry Graedon December 28, 2017 4 Comments
    Memory Is Better with Synchronized Brain Waves

    Adequate sleep is essential for the health of the immune system, cardiovascular system and metabolic response. Sleep is also important for older people’s brains. The key seems to lie in synchronized…

    By: Joe Graedon December 25, 2017 10 Comments
    What Will Doctors Do When Baby Boomers Retire?

    Will you ever be able to afford to retire? According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers turned 65 today. Roughly the same number will turn 65 tomorrow and the day after that. In fact, it …

    By: Joe Graedon December 11, 2017 5 Comments
    Seeking a Super Smoothie for Everyday Health

      People love smoothies. They are a fast way to get off to a healthy start in the morning. But not all smoothies are created equal. Some have way too much sugar or carbohydrate. How can you creat…

    By: Terry Graedon December 11, 2017 0 Comments
    What Is Your Ideal Smoothie to Help with Pain?

    There are precious few good medications for people who suffer chronic pain. NSAIDs like diclofenac, ibuprofen or naproxen can cause bleeding ulcers as well as cardiovascular complications. Anticonvuls…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 3 Comments
    Should Your Doctor Know You Are Not Sleeping?

    Are you sleeping enough, or are you missing out? Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that skimping on sleep can shorten your life. The Effects of Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly: Dr. Matthew base…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 9 Comments
    Get Magnesium Just Right to Prevent Dementia

    Most people would like to find a way to prevent dementia, but the picture is complex. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and sleep have all been suggested as possible paths to keeping our brains…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Dream Away Dementia?

    Any link between a dream and dementia sounds far-fetched, to be sure. Nonetheless, one possible interpretation of findings from a recent study is that people who dream more are less prone to dementia.…