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New test seems to help distinguish between Alzheimer's and normal age-related memory decline

If you've ever wondered if the memory loss you're experiencing is early Alzheimer's or just typical age-related cognitive decline, take note: A new simple cognitive test seems to be able to distinguish between the two.Researchers at the University of Illinois designed a test based on relational memory. That's the "ability to bind together various items." One particular example that stands out for testing those with Alzheimer's is connecting a person's name to their face....more
redheadedjen Jen, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I constantly think about my grandfather, ...more

I Was Racially Profiled and This is What I Did

This morning, after I dropped the girls off at school, I donned my mom uniform (jeans, t-shirt, flip-flops, purse and sunglasses) and went out to run some errands. I needed to get them done and get home before noon because this weekend has the potential to be just ridiculously crazy-busy. I need to get prepared. So, off I went.       ...more
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Men as forgetful at 30 as 60

Sorry, ladies, but appears our men have a legit excuse for not remembering to (insert your random chore of choice).  A new study from Norway called Hunt3 analyzed 37,405 men and women age 30 and older.They found that not only are men more forgetful than woman, but also that younger men forget just as much as older men.So why the gender differences? The researchers have some theories.1. It could be that men tend to have more high blood pressure and high BMI, which may trigger forms of neurodegeneration....more
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New findings into why 4x more boys have autism

It's hardly a coincidence that four times more boys than girls have autism. But until recently, no one was sure why. But a new study out of George Washington University has shown that testosterone and estrogen have opposite effects on a gene that scientists call "RORA."  And here's the issue:A. The RORA gene's job is to turn on several other genes. B. Testosterone lowers the ability of cells to turn on the RORA gene; estrogen raises it....more

Thanks for reading! I am just fascinated by all things related to the brain - especially kids' ...more