MS? 10 Ways to Improve Your Memory

If you have multiple sclerosis you don't need to be told that short-term memory impairment is often a side effect. In fact, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 60 percent of people with MS have some sort of memory problems. And 5 to 10 percent have memory issues that interfere with their daily function.Here are 10 things you can do to help your memory.1. Stick to your daily routines. Doing the same thing at the same time (e.g., taking medication) can make it easier to remember....more
farrahreee Great additions, Farrahreee! I'm also in my 40s and noticing memory loss - especially ... 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
samanthamarieB That's really interesting! I hadn't though about that but I see your point. We ... more

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
I'm seriously shocked by some of these comments. Wrinkled Mommy said "Let's leave race out of it ... more

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
My husband and I will have a conversation and within a day it's like it never happened. I can ... more

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