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

Cognitively stimulated brains better adapt to potential damage from Alzheimer's

Keep up the music lessons, brain training and second language - new evidence indicates that cognitively stimulated brains adapt better to damage from Alzheimer's by compensating with the recruitment of extra brain circuits. ...more

Sleeping and anti-anxiety pills linked to Alzheimer's

Yesterday several news sources announced that new research indicates that people who take certain types of benzodiazepines may have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's.Some highlights:1. 9 million Americans take sleeping pills or some sedative2. 11% of middle-aged women take anti-anxiety meds and benzodiazepines are the most common3. In the study, those who had taken benzodiazepines had a 51% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. Those who took them for more than 180 days had a two-folder higher risk!...more

Body fat and your brain

Ready to lose some weight? Good, because so is your brain. Losing weight- by exercise OR surgery- can reverse the negative effects that body fat has on the brain. Here are some interesting points:1. If you're obese, you have a 35% higher chance of developing Alzheimer's-compared to your peers of "normal" weight....more

New study finds seniors' brains function better in the morning

I'd heard that Alzheimer's patients often experience "sundowning" - the term for mental decline at the end of the day, but new evidence says it's more than that. The new study says older adults perform better on cognitive tests in the morning. According to the lead author of the research, older adults are more focused and can better ignore distractions during th emorning. In the afternoon, seniors showed signs of "idling" when researchers studied their brains with fMRIs....more
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