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 54 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.…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Highly Variable Blood Pressure a Red Flag?

    Blood pressure does not remain constant. It changes throughout the day depending upon stress, physical activity and many other factors. But could highly variable blood pressure signal a problem? What …

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 2 Comments
    Will Your Diet Help You Avoid Dementia?

    Most people think of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish as being good for the heart. The Mediterranean diet is in the news again because of its benefits for the brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Protect Your Brain?

    Extra-virgin olive oil might help protect your brain against Alzheimer disease. Epidemiologists have noted that people who follow a Mediterranean diet are less prone to cognitive decline. In one study…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 10 Comments
    Why You Should Care About Rising Deaths from Alz…

    Americans have been getting mixed messages about Alzheimer's disease. Two years ago, headlines proclaimed an: "optimistic trend of declining population dementia risk in high-income countries over the …

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 0 Comments
    To Think Better, Get Your Exercise!

    We are often asked about the best way to prevent dementia. Our answer disappoints some people and pleases others: Exercise appears to benefit the brain. Research published this week provides data that…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 27 Comments
    How to Help Exercise Boost Your Brainpower-Drink…

    To get the greatest cognitive benefit from exercise, older folks may want to drink a little beet juice first. That's what investigators concluded, based on a small study of older people with high bl…

    By: Joe Graedon April 24, 2017 3 Comments
    Alarming Anticholinergic Load Scrambles Brain

    A surprising number of medications can affect the nerve messenger chemical acetylcholine. This compound is crucial for nerves to communicate with each other, so it should not surprise us that limiti…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Super Snoozers at Risk for Dementia?

    Sleep is crucial for healthy brain function. Too little sleep can make it much harder for people to think clearly the following day. People who sleep less than six hours nightly have impaired judgment…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 6 Comments
    Can Sweating in the Sauna Help Your Brain?

    Isn't it wonderful when an experience that delights you turns out to be good for you as well? Finnish researchers have found that sweating in a sauna, a relaxing and sociable experience for most Fin…

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 9 Comments
    Could You Improve Your Memory with Cocoa Every D…

    Would you like to be able to improve your memory, or at least keep it from deteriorating? Many readers would. One wrote to tell us about a possible intervention that is inexpensive and easy: Can Cocoa…

    By: Terry Graedon September 8, 2016 7 Comments
    Who Needs Vitamin D and Why?

    As people grow older, their ability to absorb nutrients may drop. In addition, many elderly people don't spend much time out in the sunshine. Even if they do, their skin may not make vitamin D efficie…