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More Evidence That Socializing Helps Protect the Aging Brain

MONDAY, July 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Join a book club, take a cruise or just visit friends -- new research supports the notion that social activities help stave off mental decline as you age.

The study found that seniors with high levels of an Alzheimer's-linked protein in their brains were able to slow any mental decline if they got out and socialized regularly.

So, "s...

How to Foster Your Child's Imagination

MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With school, sports and assorted activities, many kids have little or no free time. That fast-paced lifestyle can actually stifle their development, making them less likely to be self-starters.

It could also limit their imagination, an important ingredient in creativity and problem-solving.

University of Colorado-Boulder researchers ...

Alzheimer's Genes Might Show Effects in Your 20s

THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Every college student misplaces keys or forgets an appointment from time to time. Usually it's no big deal. But a new study warns that when young people with a family history of Alzheimer's disease have memory lapses, it could be an early sign of something serious.

That's the concern raised by a new memory test taken by nearly 60,000 men and...

Just 30 Minutes of Light Exercise a Week May Keep Deadly Stroke at Bay

WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just a little exercise may help protect you against a type of deadly bleeding stroke, a new study suggests.

As many as half of people who suffer a subarachnoid hemorrhage die within three months.

While smoking and high blood pressure have been shown to increase the risk of this deadly stroke, there has been little evidence on whe...

Thanks for the Stinky Memories: Scientists Say Bad Smells Boost Recall

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Bad smells, better memory?

A series of experiments with volunteers aged 13 to 25 showed that they were better able to recall images that were associated with unpleasant odors.

Specifically, they had better recall of images 24 hours after seeing them if the images were paired with a bad smell.

The study also found that peopl...

Is Green Tea a Fad or a Real Health Boost?

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Green tea is a popular health trend, with many people sipping it in hopes of deriving benefits from the brew.

There's nothing wrong with that, dietitians say -- green tea is a healthy drink loaded with antioxidants. But the jury's still out on many of its purported health benefits.

"Clinical trials related to green tea are still in t...

The Health Benefits of Sleeping on Your Side

THURSDAY, June 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You know how important getting enough restorative sleep is for facing each new day refreshed and ready to take on the world. Now research suggests that your sleep position may have an impact on brain health, too.

For a study done on animals, researchers used dynamic contrast magnetic resonance imaging to see the brain's glymphatic pathway. T...

Ailing Heart Can Speed the Brain's Decline, Study Finds

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The strong link between brain health and heart health is reinforced in a new study. The research showed that as cardiovascular health falters, so too does thinking and memory.

In one of the largest and longest studies of its kind to date, researchers studied a group of nearly 8,000 people in the United Kingdom. The participants were over 49 y...

Common Blood Pressure Med Might Help Fight Alzheimer's

MONDAY, June 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Treatment with blood pressure medication can improve blood flow to a key brain region in people with Alzheimer's disease, a small clinical trial has found.

Researchers stressed that they do not know whether the brain finding can translate into any benefits for patients. But future studies should look into that possibility, they said.

Education, Intelligence Might Protect Your Brain

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Being smart and highly educated may not prevent Alzheimer's disease, but it appears to delay the disease's impact on everyday life, a new study suggests.

Researchers can't prove that that's the case, but their data suggests it might be.

"Our study was designed to look for trends, not prove cause and effect, but the major implication...

Type 1 Diabetes Might Affect Young Kids' Brain Development

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an early age have slowed growth in brain areas linked to mild cognitive deficits, new research suggests.

The study compared MRIs of the brain in kids with type 1 diabetes to age-matched children without the condition. Researchers also saw that areas of slower brain growth were associated with higher...

Workouts: A Prescription to Ease Severe Chronic Anxiety?

THURSDAY, June 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Everyone experiences anxious moments now and then. But for those with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), the worry is frequent and overwhelming, often interfering with everyday activities.

Now, a small study suggests that these burdensome feelings can be quelled with a little heart-pumping activity.

The study found that just a h...

Why Humans Respond to Music and Monkeys Don't

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If your loved one's crooning is music to your ears, the reason appears to rest with part of brain that is super-sensitive to pitch.

That's the upshot of a new study offering a fresh look into what makes us human.

For the research, which aimed to understand the role of music in health, researchers compared how human brains and monkey b...

Having an Extra Finger Can Come in Handy

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Though rare, some children are born with an extra finger, a condition known as polydactyly.

Now, for the first time, a team of researchers set out to see whether having this extra appendage is somehow beneficial.

The answer is yes.

The bottom line: Having an additional finger significantly boosts a person's ability to manip...

For Some, Trouble Tracking Finances Could Be Sign of Dementia

WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If someone you know is struggling to keep track of their finances as they age, early dementia might be the culprit.

That's the conclusion of researchers who tested 243 adults, aged 55 to 90, on their financial skills and performed brain scans to assess the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques, which are associated with Alzheimer's disease.

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It's Never Too Late for New Brain Cells

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- New research delivers fresh hope for everyone who struggles with a fading memory: Neurons continue to form well into old age, even in people with mental impairments or Alzheimer's disease.

"We found that there was active neurogenesis [new neurons forming] in the hippocampus of older adults well into their 90s," said study author Orly Lazarov...

Leonardo da Vinci May Have Had ADHD

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Leonardo da Vinci's legendary struggles to complete projects suggest he may have had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a British researcher says.

That's the latest in a series of attempts to understand the genius and work habits of an inventor and artist often considered the most creative person ever known.

The fascinat...

Nerve Stimulation May Help Curb Stroke Damage

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could electrical stimulation of nerves that sit behind your nose help limit the harm done to your brain by a stroke?

New research suggests it's possible. In early experiments, blood flow to the brain was increased by widening undamaged arteries and bypassing the clot. This delivered oxygen-rich blood to threatened areas of the brain.

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Can the Bacteria in Your Belly Ease Your Worrying Mind?

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It seems an unlikely way to ease anxiety, but new research suggests that regulating the bacteria in your gut might help.

How? By eating the right foods and using supplements when appropriate, the researchers said.

As many as one-third of people suffer anxiety symptoms during their lives, including irrational fears, agitation, fatigu...

Bipolar Disorder a Risk Factor for Parkinson's?

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Struggling with bipolar disorder is hard enough, but now a new study from Taiwan suggests these patients are seven times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

But U.S. experts cautioned that the absolute risk of developing Parkinson's -- an incurable movement disease -- is still very low for those with the mood disorder.

"I ...

AHA News: Mouth Bacteria Found in Stroke Patients' Brains

THURSDAY, May 23, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Bacteria commonly seen in the mouth has been found in the brains of people who have had a stroke, a new study shows.

The Finnish research group behind the new findings has been studying a possible association between bacterial infections and cardiovascular disease for more than 10 years. Their study, published May 23 in the ...

The Best Exercises for Brain Health

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's a lot you can learn from your elders, starting with the results of a multi-year study of exercise and brain health in seniors.

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Miami compared results of two sets of brain scans and tests measuring memory and thinking skills in 876 seniors. The tests were done five years apart. <...

Sudoku, Crosswords Could Make Your Brain Years Younger

THURSDAY, May 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Mornings spent figuring out Sudoku or finessing a crossword could spell better health for aging brains, researchers say.

In a study of over 19,000 British adults aged 50 and over who were tracked for 25 years, the habit of doing word or number puzzles seemed to help keep minds nimble over time.

"We've found that the more regularly p...

Huhn? Scientists Working on Hearing Aid That Solves the 'Cocktail Party' Problem

WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Chances are if you're over 60 it's already happened to you: You're in a crowded room and finding it tough to understand what your partner is saying a couple of feet away.

It's a longstanding hearing-loss issue known as the "cocktail party" problem. Conventional hearing aids still aren't able to fix it -- to separate out the talk you do

Brain Bleed Risk Puts Safety of Low-Dose Aspirin in Doubt

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Let's say you're one of the millions of older adults who takes a low-dose aspirin religiously, in the belief that it will guard against heart disease and heart attacks.

Now, a new review suggests your risk of a brain bleed outweighs any heart benefit that a daily aspirin might bring you.

Researchers said the findings support a recent...

Scientists Spot Chemical Signs of Suicidal Thoughts in Brains of Those With PTSD

MONDAY, May 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine if brain scans could show whether someone with PTSD is on the verge of suicide. Sound too far-fetched to be true?

Now, a small, new study suggests it's possible simply by tracking the way a common brain chemical is distributed across the brain.

The investigation involved fewer than 90 patients. But it nevertheless raises the p...

Brief EMS Training Saves Lives After Brain Injury

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- All it takes is two hours of training to save a life after a severe head injury, researchers say.

A new study reports that training first responders in emergency treatment guidelines for severe head injuries does improve chances of survival.

The guidelines for pre-hospital care of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients by EMS workers ...

After Concussions, Some Ex-Athletes Show Key Marker for Brain Disease: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of a protein linked with the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) were found in the cerebrospinal fluid of ex-athletes who suffered multiple concussions, Canadian researchers say.

The protein tau has been tied to CTE, a rare, degenerative brain disease believed to stem from repeated impacts to the head. People with...

New Treatment Guideline Focuses on Tourette Syndrome

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tourette syndrome can be a nerve-wracking condition, but there are effective treatments for sufferers, a new American Academy of Neurology guideline says.

Tourette is a neurodevelopmental disorder that begins in childhood and causes involuntary vocalizations and repetitive movements known as tics.

Accurate diagnosis, ongoing medical...

Three Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration

TUESDAY, May 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do you get distracted easily or find that it's getting harder to stay focused on a task at hand or retain new information? These issues can happen to anyone, though they may seem to be more troublesome with advancing age.

But concentration is an ability that you can improve with a few simple "study skills."

For instance, when someone ...

Pokeman Characters Linger in Brain Well Past Childhood

MONDAY, May 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Play plenty of Pokemon as a child, and your brain may tuck your favorite characters away in a special place where they are never forgotten.

Researchers from Stanford University believe that's exactly what happened with a small group of adults they tested.

"It's been an open question in the field why we have brain regions that respond t...

Morning Exercise Kick-Starts Seniors' Brains

THURSDAY, May 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Want a quick brain boost? A morning session of exercise and short walks throughout the day provide a number of brain benefits for older adults, a new study says.

The findings show that people should avoid uninterrupted sitting to maintain good mental function throughout the day. The study also indicates that moderate-intensity exercise such as...

Could Alzheimer's Spread Like Infection Throughout the Brain?

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With findings that might alter the path of Alzheimer's research, scientists say misfolded forms of two proteins appear to spread through patients' brains similar to an infection.

The findings suggest that Alzheimer's is a "double-prion" disorder. This discovery could help lead to new treatments that focus directly on prions, according to rese...

Newly Discovered Illness May Cause Nearly 1 in 5 Dementias, Experts Say

TUESDAY, April 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly adults commonly have memory and thinking problems that look a lot like Alzheimer's disease, but they might really be suffering from a different form of dementia.

That's according to an international panel of experts who are giving the disease a name for the first time, and detailing what's known about it so far.

Writing in ...

Breast Milk Has Biggest Benefit for Preemies' Brains: Study

SATURDAY, April 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Another reason breast is best: Breast milk boosts levels of chemicals crucial for brain growth and development in premature babies with a very low birth weight, a new study reveals.

"Our previous research established that vulnerable preterm infants who are fed breast milk early in life have improved brain growth ...

Brain Sharpens the Hearing of the Blind, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, April 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have long wondered why blind people seem to have a sharpened sense of hearing. Now a Seattle team has pinpointed specific brain adaptations that occur in folks without sight.

"There's this idea that blind people are good at auditory tasks, because they have to make their way in the world without visual information. We wanted to...

Can Obesity Shrink Your Brain?

TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese people may show some shrinkage in their brain tissue as early as middle age, a large new study confirms.

The study, based on brain scans of thousands of adults in the United Kingdom, found that those with higher body fat levels tended to show differences in brain structure compared to thinner people.

Those differences inclu...

Even a Little More Exercise Might Help Your Brain Stay Young

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Alzheimer's and dementia are not an inevitable part of normal aging, and a little exercise might help keep them at bay, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that every hour of light exercise on top of recommended weekly levels of more intense activity reduced brain aging by about a year.

"This study emphasizes the relations...

Magnet 'Zap' to the Brain Might Jumpstart Aging Memory

WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Folks start forgetting things as they get older, like where they put their car keys or what they had for breakfast.

But their memories might get a boost from an electromagnetic device that gives the brain a helpful zap, a new study reports.

A small group of older people experienced improved memory function after five daily sessio...

Scientists Bring Pig's Brain, Dead 4 Hours, Back to 'Cellular Activity'

WEDNESDAY, April 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The death of brain cells may not be as sudden, or as irreversible, as previously believed.

Four hours after a pig's death, Yale scientists restored circulation and revived cellular activity within the dead animal's brain.

The cells of the brain remained viable six hours later, compared with other brains not preserved using the ne...

Financial Scammers Often Prey on People With Early Dementia

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When older adults fall prey to scam artists, it might in some cases be an early warning of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

The study of 935 older adults found that those who appeared susceptible to scams were at higher risk of mental decline over the next six years. Compared with their more skeptical peers, they were 47% more l...

Helping the Young Mind Grow

MONDAY, April 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Whether you call it snowplow, bulldozer or helicopter parenting, these child-rearing styles have gotten a lot of attention recently, and the acknowledgment that they may not be the best way to raise a confident, well-adjusted young person.

Moving obstacles out of a child's way is not the same as providing the nurturing he or she needs.

...

Is Your Smartphone Making You Fat?

THURSDAY, April 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Mindlessly switching from your smartphone to other media devices and back again might lead to added pounds, scientists say.

A small, new study found that heavy-duty media multitaskers also tended to be heavier, weight-wise.

It's possible that these devices are actually changing the brain, theorized lead author Richard Lopez, a p...

NFL Retirees Help Scientists Develop Early Test for Brain Condition CTE

WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When NFL legend Frank Gifford died in 2015 at the age of 84, his family revealed that for years he'd suffered from mental issues caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), tied to head trauma experienced during his years of play.

CTE was also thought to contribute to the suicide of retired NFL great Junior Seau at the age of 43.

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Could Very Low 'Bad' Cholesterol Bring Stroke Danger?

WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite years of being told that the lower your LDL cholesterol the better, is it possible that levels that are too low might harm you?

Yes, say researchers who now report that women who have excessively low LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels may face a higher risk for a bleeding stroke.

The finding runs counter to government guidel...

Good Sleep a Must for Teens With ADHD

TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers tend to shortchange themselves on sleep, but when they have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), that can really hamper their thinking skills, researchers say.

The new study included teen volunteers with ADHD who spent a week in which their sleep was restricted to 6.5 hours per night. That was followed by a week in which...

Brain 'Zap' Might Rejuvenate Aging Memory

MONDAY, April 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's common for folks to become less sharp as they age, taking a little longer to do math in their heads or work out a knotty problem. But scientists might have a potential solution.

Brain stimulation using extremely weak electrical current might be able to reverse this and restore youthful vigor to aging minds, a new laboratory study suggests...

Gum Disease Shows Possible Links to Alzheimer's

SUNDAY, April 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Regular brushing and flossing can save your teeth into old age.

Could it also save your brain?

The bacteria involved in gum disease might play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.

DNA from the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis is more often found in the b...

Scientists Spot Brain Cells That Control Traumatic Memories

THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you've ever been suddenly and unexpectedly reminded of a past trauma, you may wonder if those old fears will ever stop haunting you.

Now, neuroscientists say they've discovered a group of brain cells that control frightening memories, and they suggest that the finding could lead to new ways to treat anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic st...

Brain Scans Spot, Track Alzheimer's

TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Brain scans can improve diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease, a new study claims.

Researchers assessed the use of PET scans to identify Alzheimer's-related amyloid plaques in the brain. The study included more than 11,000 Medicare beneficiaries with mild thinking impairment or dementia of uncertain cause.

This scanning te...

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