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…

    By: Joe Graedon November 15, 2012 4 Comments
    Exercise, Cheeseburgers and the Brain

    Exercise helps to keep the brain working well, at least in rats. The research conducted at the University of Minnesota involved rats learning a maze. Then half the animals got regular low-fat lab chow…

    By: Joe Graedon November 1, 2012 1 Comments
    Fish Helps Protect the Brain

    Nutrition experts have long recommended at least two servings of cold-water fish each week to help protect against cardiovascular disease. A new study shows that this type of diet has a small but sign…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2012 1 Comments
    Exercise Can Prevent Brain Shrinkage

    There is growing evidence that exercise is good for the brain. Scottish researchers recruited almost 700 healthy subjects who were born in 1936. When they turned 70, researchers did MRI brain scans on…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2012 5 Comments
    Diet Affects Brain Function

    What you eat may have an impact on your cognitive ability as you age. That is the tentative conclusion of an observational study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Over 1,200 senior citi…

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2012 0 Comments
    Metabolic Risk Linked to Mental Decline

    There's one more reason to lose that spare tire: overweight people may be at greater risk for memory problems. French researchers recruited more than 6,000 middle-aged people for a decade-long study. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2012 0 Comments
    Toothbrush Wielders Keep Wits Sharp

    Another way to improve our chances of staying sharp as we age is good dental hygiene. Researchers at the University of California studied more than 5,000 elderly individuals for 18 years. Those who br…

    By: Terry Graedon August 16, 2012 5 Comments
    Cocoa Flavanols Good for Cognition

    Older people may benefit from an ancient Mayan beverage with a modern twist. Older people with mild memory problems were randomized to receive a daily cocoa drink. Thirty of them were given cocoa rich…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2012 0 Comments
    Magnesium May Save the Brain

    People who eat foods rich in the mineral magnesium appear to be less likely to suffer strokes. That is the conclusion of a meta-analysis involving roughly 250,000 people. Foods rich in magnesium inclu…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2012 2 Comments
    Berries Help Keep Brain Sharp

    Blueberries and strawberries may slow cognitive decline as we age. That's the conclusion from a study that has been following more than 120,000 women since 1976. The Nurses Health Study tracks diet an…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2012 2 Comments
    Weightlifting for Brain Power

    Strength training builds muscle and may also be good for the brain. A study from British Columbia compared the results of three different exercise regimens in women between 70 and 80 years of age. All…

    By: Terry Graedon March 1, 2012 8 Comments
    Fish Is Brain Food

    By now most people have heard that fish and omega 3 fatty acids are good for the heart. There is now research to show that the old wives were right about fish being good for the brain as well. A new s…

    By: Terry Graedon February 16, 2012 3 Comments
    Mediterranean-Type Diet Protects Brain

    The Mediterranean diet appears to help protect against cancer as well as heart disease. Now evidence suggests it may also protect the brain. Senior citizens who ate a Mediterranean-type diet were less…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2012 4 Comments
    Recess Contributes to Better Learning

    Regular physical activity has benefits that go well beyond maintaining weight and physical health. A meta-analysis of 14 previous studies found that children who play sports, participate in physical e…

    By: Terry Graedon December 1, 2011 1 Comments
    Choline Boosts Brain Power Through Lifespan

    Researchers have known for some time that the biochemical choline is critical for the proper neurological development of newborns. This compound is the basic building block for the neurotransmitter ac…

    By: Terry Graedon November 9, 2011 7 Comments
    Do Heart Procedures Affect Brain?

    Doctors have been debating for years whether coronary artery bypass surgery contributes to cognitive decline. A new German study adds to the controversy. Physicians tested mental function before and a…

    By: Terry Graedon October 6, 2011 0 Comments
    Early Anesthesia May Lead to Learning Disability

    Surgeons and anesthesiologists have long known that surgery and anesthesia may have negative effects on mental function, especially in older people. They call this condition post-operative cognitive d…

    By: Terry Graedon September 15, 2011 1 Comments
    Extra Insulin in Brain Boosts Performance

    Raising insulin levels in the brain may improve the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers have known for some time that people with Alzheimer's have lower levels of insulin in the central nervo…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2011 4 Comments
    Moderate Drinking Benefits Brain

    There's good news for those who are moderate consumers of alcohol. A new meta-analysis of more than 70 studies found that light to moderate drinkers were 23 percent less likely than nondrinkers to dev…

    By: Terry Graedon July 28, 2011 1 Comments
    Antioxidant Vitamins Boost Brain Power

    Vitamins and other dietary supplements have been getting a lot of bad press recently, but a new study from France suggests that daily supplementation with a vitamin and mineral antioxidant formulation…

    By: Terry Graedon July 25, 2011 8 Comments
    Don’t Be Baffled by Brain Fog

    Call it what you will, "brain fog," "senior moment," "cognitive decline," or just plain confusion, the inability to think clearly can be devastating. It affects not only the person who is befuddled, b…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2011 0 Comments
    Active Women Stay Sharp

    One of the best ways to keep your brain working is to keep your body moving. That's the conclusion from a new study of more than 2800 women with vascular disease. The Women's Antioxidant Cardiovascula…

    By: Terry Graedon July 21, 2011 1 Comments
    Exercise Boosts Brain Power

    Another study confirms that exercise is good for the brain. The Health, Aging and Body Composition or Health ABC Study enrolled senior citizens in 1998 and 1999. Over the next five years their mental …

    By: Terry Graedon April 14, 2011 0 Comments
    Is Drug Useless for Mild Dementia?

    There are very few proven treatments for Alzheimer's disease. One popular drug, Namenda, is approved for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's dementia. Doctors often prescribe it to people …

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2011 1 Comments
    Exercise Prevents Brain Shrinkage

    Exercise has been shown to be good for the heart. New research confirms it can also benefit the brain. Aerobic exercise reversed brain shrinkage, especially of the hippocampus, a structure associated …

    By: Terry Graedon January 6, 2011 1 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet Discourages Dementia

    Scientists have been debating the benefits of diet to protect against dementia. Some maintain that diet has little impact on brain function, while others say there is mounting evidence that a diet ric…

    By: Terry Graedon December 23, 2010 22 Comments
    Beet Juice for the Brain

    Beet juice has been shown to lower blood pressure. Scientists believe that the high nitrate content of beets leads to creation of nitric oxide in the body. This compound helps relax blood vessels and …

    By: Terry Graedon October 21, 2010 9 Comments
    Low B12 Levels Raise Risk of Dementia

    Senior citizens may have greater difficulty than younger people maintaining adequate levels of vitamin B12. But those who have higher levels of vitamin B12 in their bloodstreams have a lower likelihoo…

    By: Terry Graedon September 16, 2010 4 Comments
    Will B Vitamins Protect Brain?

    There is still no proven way to effectively prevent or treat Alzheimer's disease. Pharmacologists at Oxford University have shown, however, that large doses of B vitamins may dramatically reduce brain…

    By: Terry Graedon September 2, 2010 0 Comments
    Berries Boost Brain Power

    Evidence is mounting that berries may be good for the brain. The latest research comes from the Tufts University US Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service Human Nutrition Research Cen…

    By: Terry Graedon August 12, 2010 1 Comments
    Healthy Heart Boosts Brain

    Exercise has been shown to be good for the heart and also the brain. Now researchers may have come up with a possible explanation. They measured something called cardiac index, which is a marker for h…

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2010 1 Comments
    Vitamin D Deficiency and Dementia

    Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of dementia. A British study followed over 800 senior citizens for six years. Blood levels of vitamin D were assessed at the beginning of the study in 1998. …

    By: Terry Graedon July 15, 2010 0 Comments
    Vitamin E May Deter Dementia

    A Dutch epidemiological study of more than 5,000 people found that those who consumed food high in vitamin E were also less likely to develop dementia. The study lasted for almost 10 years and analyze…

    By: Terry Graedon July 7, 2010 6 Comments
    Delaying School Start Means More Alert Students

    Teenagers are notoriously hard to rouse in the morning. Most schools are not very sympathetic to adolescent biorhythms, however. A new study from Rhode Island suggests that strict adherence to a tradi…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2010 4 Comments
    Vitamin D and the Brain

    Does vitamin D protect the aging brain? Researchers from both France and the U.S. presented data suggesting that there may be a link between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of cognitive dec…

    By: Terry Graedon February 24, 2010 0 Comments
    Will Sex Hormone Protect Brain?

    A large clinical trial involving 17 trauma centers around the U.S. is about to test whether progesterone can protect the brain in the event of serious head injuries. Animal research and preliminary hu…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2010 0 Comments
    Mediterranean Diet May Protect Brain

    Data continue to accumulate about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet. In the most recent research investigators followed over 700 subjects for almost six years. The participants were divided into …

    By: Terry Graedon January 28, 2010 7 Comments
    Blueberries Boost Brain Power

    Blueberries have been shown to improve memory and learning in old rats. Now a small study indicates that aging humans may get similar benefits. Volunteers in their 70s were chosen because they were ex…

    By: Terry Graedon December 31, 2009 3 Comments
    Ginkgo Doesn’t Delay Cognitive Decline

    Ginkgo biloba has been a popular herb for its reputed ability to prevent cognitive decline. A year ago, a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association did n…

    By: Terry Graedon October 23, 2009 0 Comments
    Searching the Web to Save Your Brain?

    Learning a new skill is supposed to help us stay sharp as we age, whether it is learning to play an instrument or taking up ballroom dancing. A new study shows that learning to surf the Internet can a…