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: Joe Graedon January 26, 2017 22 Comments
    Can Regular Sauna Baths Protect your Brain and Y…

    Most Americans think of sauna baths as a somewhat strange Nordic tradition. Why would a bunch of people sit naked in a hot little room with heated stones? Some health clubs do provide saunas. American…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2017 2 Comments
    Will High Blood Pressure Protect Older Brains fr…

    When a dog bites a man it doesn't make news. When a man bites a dog it makes headlines. They have a name for this kind of anomaly: Unsurprisingly, it is a "man-bites-dog" story. The following health s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2017 9 Comments
    Does Prevagen Help to Improve Memory?

    The Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general are suing the maker of Prevagen. They charge the marketers of Prevagen with making deceptive memory and cognitive improvement claims. …

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 8 Comments
    Did Popular PM Pain Reliever Trigger Memory Loss…

    One of the most popular sectors in the OTC pharmacy biz during the last decade has been "PM" pain relievers. Drug companies take a popular brand like Advil, Aleve, Bayer, Excedrin, Motrin, Tylenol and…

    By: Joe Graedon October 17, 2016 12 Comments
    Can Statins Cause Memory Loss and Transient Glob…

    The relationship between statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs and memory problems has been controversial for decades. When we begin writing about a link between drugs like atorvastatin (Lipitor), lo…

    By: Joe Graedon October 12, 2015 11 Comments
    Drugs That Cause Brain Fog For People Over 60

    Q. Do you have a list of the drugs that should not be prescribed to elderly people? If you don't, do you know where I could get such a list? My doctor was not very well informed nor was he interested …

    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 22, 2015 17 Comments
    Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Damage Memory?

    Q. I read that a new study on statins and short-term memory was published in the June 8, 2015, JAMA Internal Medicine. Would you address this? It seems contrary to what I have read in your column. A. …

    By: Joe Graedon April 19, 2012 17 Comments
    Is Low Cholesterol Linked to Forgetfulness?

    Q. Last fall my doctor prescribed atorvastatin (Lipitor), and after several months I found I was having trouble remembering names and coming up with the right word. At dinner once I said "please pass …

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2012 4 Comments
    Concerns about Blood Pressure Pill and Memory

    Q. I am concerned about my sister, who takes pills for high blood pressure. She seems more forgetful now than before she started taking medicine. I read in a magazine that blood pressure drugs destro…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2011 9 Comments
    Protecting Brain Power as We Age

    Senior moments don't just happen to octogenarians. Almost everyone has had a disconcerting momentary lapse in memory. For some it's the inability to recall the name of the famous actor who starred in …