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 7 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…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 9 Comments
    Did Ginkgo Biloba Keep His Mind Sharp?

    Wouldn't you love to know how to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact even as you grow older? Most of us worry about losing our edge. One reader is convinced he has the answer. Indeed he might,…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with Acupuncture

    Could acupuncture delay dementia? To find out, Chinese researchers did a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing acupuncture and medical treatment for mild cognitive impairment with fo…

    By: Terry Graedon August 11, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with a Mediterranean-Style…

    Could a Mediterranean-style diet help preserve cognitive function in older individuals? Research from Minnesota suggests that eating pattern might help delay dementia, even though Rochester, MN, is f…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2016 2 Comments
    Can Cinnamon Make You Smarter?

    Cinnamon is more than a spice that makes apple or pumpkin pie tasty. Research in animals and humans suggests that it may help control blood sugar spikes after meals. It also appears to help lower trig…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2016 2 Comments
    Can You Protect Your Brain with Postmenopausal H…

    Hormone replacement therapy is a well-known treatment for the horrible hot flushes and night sweats of menopause. Apparently, women sometimes take postmenopausal hormones not only to ease the symptoms…

    By: Terry Graedon March 21, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Boost Your Brain Power with Beverages

    If there were a medicine to help you keep your brain functioning well, would you take it? Sadly, we are not aware of any such medication. Beverages That Provide Powerful Polyphenols: There is, however…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2016 15 Comments
    How to Overcome Cognitive Impairment with Bluebe…

    Blueberries show promise for the brain as well as the heart, as two recent studies demonstrate. The First Study: Researchers at the University of Cincinnati recruited 47 older adults with mild cogniti…

    By: Terry Graedon March 17, 2016 6 Comments
    Why Should Metformin Users Watch Their Vitamin B…

    Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to cognitive impairment and dementia as well as fatigue and nerve damage. A new study shows that one of the most common diabetes medications, metformin, increases the r…

    By: Joe Graedon September 17, 2015 2 Comments
    Low Vitamin D Linked to Cognitive Decline

    Low vitamin D levels could be bad for your brain, especially as you age. Who Participated in the Study: Researchers tracked cognitive function and memory in 318 older adults over a time frame of about…

    By: Joe Graedon August 27, 2015 4 Comments
    Elders Did Not Boost Brain Power with Exercise

    Can older people keep their brains sharp as they age? Two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are disappointing. Neither regular exercise among previously sedentary el…

    By: Joe Graedon August 19, 2015 3 Comments
    Eating Right for Better Brain Power with Age

    A combination of the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet has been shown to help older people stay sharp longer. The diet, called MIND for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative De…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2015 3 Comments
    Common Medicines Throw a Monkey Wrench Into Ment…

    Many people fear a diagnosis of Alzheimer's more than cancer or heart disease. That's because we have treatments for the two big killers, but virtually nothing to reverse the inevitable decline of dem…

    By: Joe Graedon June 18, 2015 0 Comments
    Trans Fats Are Bad for the Heart and Bad for the…

    We've long known that trans fats are bad for the heart, raising LDL cholesterol, lowering HDL cholesterol and increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. New research shows that trans fats are als…

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2015 3 Comments
    Mediterranean Diets Benefit Aging Brains

    The Mediterranean diet has been shown to stave off stroke, heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Now a further follow-up of participants in Spain's Predimed trial suggests that a Mediterranean …

    By: Joe Graedon May 14, 2015 16 Comments
    High-Cacao Chocolate Combats Midday Slump

    Have you ever experienced a midday slump? Somewhere between 2:00 and 4:00 pm it can become difficult to concentrate or even to stay awake. Some people go for their second or third cup of coffee to war…

    By: Joe Graedon May 7, 2015 2 Comments
    Skinny People May Be More Prone to Dementia as T…

    There are risks to being underweight, and one study found that dementia is among them. British researchers had seen hints that heavy people might be at higher risk for dementia. They used a medical …

    By: Joe Graedon April 30, 2015 8 Comments
    Study Confirms Chemo Brain Reaction

    Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy have long complained of cognitive problems that make it hard to focus on tasks or remember things. They've dubbed it chemo brain, but clinicians have wondered i…

    By: Joe Graedon October 30, 2014 10 Comments
    Cocoa Compounds Boost Brain Function

    A recent study offers one possible way to keep cognitive function strong, and it could be tasty. In a study partially funded by the Mars candy company, 37 people between 50 and 69 were provided with d…

    By: Joe Graedon October 27, 2014 12 Comments
    CocoaVia in Coffee to Keep Brain Perking

    Q. I recently read an article about a physician who is advising people on strategies to avoid developing Alzheimer's disease. Besides cutting sugar and carbs, he advises eating berries and drinking co…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2014 4 Comments
    Low Vitamin D Levels in Senior Citizens Are Link…

    Low levels of vitamin D in the blood stream have been linked to a variety of chronic health problems including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, infection, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stroke and c…

    By: Terry Graedon April 17, 2014 8 Comments
    Seniors with Low Vitamin D Levels Are at Risk fo…

    Low levels of vitamin D in the blood stream have been linked to a variety of chronic health problems including arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, infection, kidney disease, osteoporosis, stroke and c…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2014 46 Comments
    Is Your Brain Better with Fish Oil and Vitamin E…

    Are you confused about supplements? Over the last few months we have been told by some researchers and medical thought leaders that vitamin E and fish oil were a waste of money and possibly even dange…

    By: Terry Graedon January 15, 2014 6 Comments
    Caffeine Boosts Attention and Memory

    Caffeine is unquestionably the world's favorite brain stimulant, whether found in coffee, tea or carbonated beverages. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the average American consumes abou…

    By: Joe Graedon October 31, 2013 23 Comments
    Are Statins Good or Bad for the Brain?

    Q. I just read a news article that says "Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After all." Isn't this worth reporting on The People's Pharmacy website? A. The new study you refer to was published in t…

    By: Terry Graedon October 24, 2013 0 Comments
    Taking on New Mental Challenges Helps Seniors St…

    There has been a great deal of interest in strategies to stay mentally sharp. A new study suggests that seniors who learn new, mentally challenging skills can improve their cognitive function. The res…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2013 2 Comments
    Drug for Overactive Bladder Led to Underactive B…

    Q. I took oxybutynin for urinary incontinence several years ago. The mental fuzziness was awful. A friend also taking this drug had similar symptoms but attributed them to aging. I wish there were a s…

    By: Terry Graedon October 3, 2013 3 Comments
    Ward Off Cognitive Decline with Vegetables, Whol…

    If you want to reduce your likelihood of developing dementia, it turns out you should pay attention to what is on your plate. A study of senior citizens in Cache County, Utah, began in 1995 and lasted…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2013 1 Comments
    Stay Sharp by Staying on the Job?

    A study from France suggests that older people may want to consider delaying retirement to keep their brains sharper. Data presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Boston t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 18, 2013 1 Comments
    Diabetes Drug Delays Dementia

    The diabetes drug metformin may help reduce the risk of developing dementia. Researchers tracked nearly 15,000 patients with type 2 diabetes who started treatment between 1999 and 2001. The subjects w…

    By: Joe Graedon May 23, 2013 5 Comments
    Staying Active Keeps Seniors Sharp

    Older people are often urged to stay mentally active with crossword puzzles or other cognitive challenges. They have also been encouraged to exercise physically. A small new study compared the effects…

    By: Terry Graedon May 2, 2013 2 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet May Help You Stay Sharp

    Perhaps people who want to stay sharp should consider following a Mediterranean-style diet. Scientists at the University of Alabama have analyzed data from approximately 17,000 seniors who have been f…

    By: Terry Graedon March 18, 2013 5 Comments
    New Brain Drugs Don’t Deliver on Promise

    What happened to all the drug breakthroughs? Whenever Americans complain about the high cost of prescription medicines, they are told that their "investment" in brand name drugs will lead to crucial a…