Nicotine may soon be used to enhance attention and memory

My aunt just sent me an interesting article from Discover magazine. It's hailing nicotine as the next wonder drug, saying the stimulant may soon be used to help treat schizophrenia, Parkinson's, Tourette's memory impairments, attention deficits and other learning struggles. It's also been associated with weight loss.We're not talking about nicotine delivered through smoking. This is tobacco-free nicotine - like what's in gum or patch.So how did this come to be? ...more

Senolytics--a new class of drugs--slow the aging process

The snake oil salesmen should be showing up soon.Once word gets out that scientists have discovered a new class of drugs that successfully target and kill aging-related cells without damaging the surrounding cells, everyone is going to be bottling it. But some will be fake.So here's the backstory: Scientists have identified this new class of drugs that:...more

Dementia: 6 Early Warning Signs

If you think dementia is just about forgetting things, you'll want to read through this list. There are actually other signs to watch for--especially before there's been any diagnosis. Here are a few that may surprise you.1. Changes in reading. There's a clinical term called "reduced gaze" that happens when dementia begins to affect a person's ability to move their eyes in their normal manner. Sometimes that means skipping lines while they read, other times it means just staring....more

Author of "The Brain's Way of Healing" offers ways to improve your brain

Psychiatrist and author of "The Brain's Way of Healing" has a few suggestions for people looking to strengthen their brain at any age. You've probably hear a few of them before, but there are a couple new ones (at least to me).1. Walk 2 miles a day. Regular exercise (even walking) has been shown to reduce the risk of dementia by 60%!...more

Still not convinced just how much meditation can change your brain? Check THIS out!

I seriously need to keep attempting to meditate. I am awful at it. I have a hard time quieting my brain. It seems like every time I read a story about meditation and the brain that the evidence just gets more and more compelling that it's an incredible way to fight cognitive decline! (My other 3 best approaches based on my brain-related research are exercise, one-on-one brain training and fish oil. I also try to play Scrabble several times a week, which can't hurt!)But back to meditation. ...more

OTC sleep aids linked to dementia

Over the last few years, you may have heard about the dangers of Ambien (a prescription sleep aid), but new research now says that over-the-counter sleep aids have their own downside: they're linked to dementia.Research from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seattle found a significant correlation between an increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's and high use of anitcholinergic drugs. These drugs include OTC sleep aids and the antihistamine Benadryl....more
ParentInProgress samanthamarieB I definitely understand where you're coming from. It's a tough ...more

Scientists discover potential to restore memories lost due to early Alzheimer's

It what may be considered a major breakthrough, some researchers at UCLA have found that they could restore lost memories in snails by triggering the regrowth of synapses. (Snails are oddly similar to humans in their cellular and molecular functions). Although most researchers believe that long-term memories are stored in the synapses, this new research indicates that the memories may actually be stored in the neurons. That's because they were able to bring back those lost memories when new synapses were created....more

The link between gum disease and Alzheimer's

Plaque is plaque when it comes to your body.A new study (2014) corraborated previous studies linking gum inflammation and Alzheimer's.In this study, the researchers found that 2 of the 3 types of bacteria that cause gum disease have also been found in the brain. Apparently, the either hop into the bloodstream or move directly up the nerve that runs from the tooth to the brain....more

World Alzheimer's Month- Risk reduction facts you need to know

September is World Alzheimer's Month:http://www.national-awareness-days.com/world-alzheimers-month.htmlThis past week, Alzheimer's Disease International released a report on the topic of dementia and risk reduction. Here are some of the highlights:1. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling diabetes.2. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling hhigh blood pressure.3. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling heart disease risk....more

Brain benefits of exercise may be counteracted by sedentary behavior

I've written about the  benefits of exercise on the brain, but new research said we also need to take under consideration what we're doing the rest of the time.The new research says that while the structural integrity of white matter in the brain is boosted by physical activity, a more sedentary lifestyle during the OTHER hours of the day created decreased structural integrity in the white matter of the hippocampus, which deals with memory and learning....more