Heart risk in young adulthood linked to cognitive decline in mid-life

A new study has linked elevated heart risks during young adulthood with lower cognitive function in mid-life.Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco performed long-term studies to look at things like blood pressure, cholesterold levels and blood sugar during ages 18 to 30 and found correlations to mental function over the next 25 years. The cognitive tests measured memory, thinking speed and mental flexibility.Why?High cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure are major risk factors for atherosclerosis (narrowing of the articles due to plaque)....more

Men's drinking in middle age may lead to cognitive decline

I saw this on the news last night and just had to find out more.A study from University College London found that men who drink heavily in middle age (they were between 44 and 69 in this study, so I assume that's what they consider "middle age") have a faster rate of mental decline than their peers who drink less.So what do they consider "heavy drinking"? Any of the following:• 4-5 "measures of spirits" (which I assume is like a small glass of scotch, gin or whiskey)or...more

Is It Brain Fog, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Alzheimer's ?

Is It Brain Fog, Mild Cognitive Impairment, or Alzheimer’s Disease? Just back from a conference on Anti-Aging, and hey, speaking of aging, what makes you seem older and feel older than brain fog? Just what are we referring to anyway? and how do you reference that other than jokingly, we hope? I’m not against aging, but having a plan for successful brain aging should be part of everyone’s plan. ...more
 @HomeRearedChef  Oh btw, interesting article on AD in NYT today. more

feed your brain

I found this article in More magazine called “How to Feed Your Brain” which had some interesting tips that I thought I’d share.  It seems like everyone is an expert on brain health and everyone has ideas on how to increase your memory. In my opinion, most of them don’t work. At least, for me. And that’s really all I care about, right?...more
Thank you for this list.I printed it out.more

First-time Internet users see beneficial brain activation

If you were worried that your Internet use is hurting your brain, a new study seems to imply otherwise. Researchers at UCLA studied middle-aged and older adults with little experience on the Web and found that after just one week of "surfing" the Internet, they triggered several regions of the brain....more

Nicotine receptors may hold clues to fight against cognitive decline

First, a disclaimer: Don't go out and start smoking. ...more

4 new studies show cognitive decline, dementia and Alzeheimer's linked to obesity, diabetes and heart risk

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/141758.php So the March 2009 issue of Archives of Neurology has info about these four studies linking obesity, diabetes and heart risks with various forms of cognitive decline, including dementia, Alzheimer's and general mental decline. Here are the highlights: 1. A man who is obese in old age is more likely to have worse cognitive function 2. Being obese in middle age, or underweight in old age puts you at a greater risk of dementia ...more

reconstructing granny

It starts drizzling on my walk to work this morning. A little girl who is afraid of the rain begins to cry. Her mother puts a jacket over her head. The girl laughs, as she should. Rain is inevitable. An old woman who is afraid of death begins to cry when the discomfort worsens. Does her body know she is dying, before her mind does? Before her heart? She keeps insisting she wants to die. She has dog-eared a book about Jack Kevorkian; has memorized it. You’d support me, right? she asks her granddaughter, showing her the book. Sure, granny, go for it, the granddaughter laughs. ...more

Hello! I'm just learning my way around this place. I'm only few years behind in the technology. ...more