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Sleep Deprivation a Big Drain on the Brain

TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you feel like you can't think straight after a sleepless night, new research suggests you are not imagining things.

The mental impacts of sleep deprivation are much more serious than previously believed, the study found.

"Our research showed that sleep deprivation doubles the odds of making placekeeping errors and triples the num...

Can Air Pollution Take a Toll on Your Memory?

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may trigger Alzheimer's-like brain changes and speed memory decline in older adults, a new study suggests.

Previous research has implied that exposure to fine particle air pollution increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, but it wasn't clear how this type of pollution affects the brain and memory.

Statins Won't Harm Aging Brains, and May Even Help

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Concerns that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can impair brain health appear to be unfounded, according to new research.

"Statins won't make you stupid or cause memory loss," said lead researcher Dr. Katherine Samaras, a professor of medicine at St. Vincent's Clinical School of Medicine in Darlinghurst, Australia.

And for some ...

Even a Little Exercise May Bring a Brain Boost

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just 10 minutes of exercise a day appears to sharpen mental prowess, new research suggests.

"Getting off the couch and walking a block can help keep you on the right track," said study author Nicole Spartano, a research assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

Her team looked 2,770 participants in the Framingham...

Don't Forget These Tips to Boost Your Memory

THURSDAY, Oct. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you have a hard time remembering names or what to get at the supermarket, there are ways to boost your memory.

According to a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, one of the best things you can do is say the information you want to remember out loud, and it's even stronger if you repeat the information to another perso...

Banned Trans Fats Linked to Higher Dementia Risk: Study

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A diet high in trans fats could put you at increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests.

Most trans fats were banned in the United States last year. But foods with less than a half-gram of trans fats can be labeled as containing zero, so some foods still contain them.

The new study included over 1,600 people in Japan without ...

Family Can Help Keep Delirium at Bay After Surgery

TUESDAY, Oct. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Many older hospital patients suffer delirium after surgery, but a new program that involves the patient's family in recovery may help, a new study suggests.

Called the Tailored, Family-Involved Hospital Elder Life Program (t-HELP), it appears to help lessen the burden of postoperative delirium while maintaining or improving physical and thin...

What Helps Calm Agitated Dementia Patients?

TUESDAY, Oct. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dealing with the agitation, anxiety and aggression that often come with dementia is one of the most challenging aspects of caring for someone with this brain disorder. But new research suggests that massage and other non-drug treatments may be more effective than medications.

Even just taking people with dementia outdoors can help, said stud...

More Years of Football, Higher Odds for Brain Disease Later

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The more years football players play the game, the higher their odds of developing the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a new study finds.

Adding to the growing evidence of the link between football and CTE, samples from the brains of dead pro and amateur players showed the risk for CTE went up with...

Lack of Sleep May Cause Thinking Declines in Hispanics

THURSDAY, Oct. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're Hispanic and missing out on needed sleep, a new study suggests that could make you more prone to memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease.

"This finding is particularly important because Hispanics have a significantly higher risk of Alzheimer's disease compared with non-Hispanic whites," said st...

When Income Drops, Young Adults' Brains May Suffer

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- When young adults see their annual income plummet, more than their bank accounts may suffer: New research suggests their brains may eventually pay the price.

The study found that people in their 20s and 30s who experienced "income volatility" generally performed worse on tests of thinking and memory skills once they hit middle age.

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AHA News: Growing and Aging Hispanic Population at Risk for Dementia

THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- The Hispanic population over 65 will nearly quadruple in the next 40 years, eventually representing nearly 1 in 5 older Americans. And growing alongside the population will be the daunting challenge of age-related dementia.

But unlike some other population groups, there may be more they can do to try and prevent it.

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Getting Hitched Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage has been said to deflect depression, stave off stress, even help people live longer.

Now a new study says it may also decrease your chance of developing dementia.

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Married people have a far lower chance of bei...

Is Your Forgetfulness Reason for Concern?

TUESDAY, Aug. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Do others tell you that you're forgetful? Do you have a hard time remembering names?

Memory lapses happen to nearly everyone and can happen at any age. Experts say it can be normal to forget things over time, especially information you don't use regularly. This might even be the way the brain makes room for new memories. Here are some common...

Women's Mid-Life Stress Might Have Long-Term Effect on Memory

TUESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Stressful experiences in middle age are associated with greater memory loss among women later in life, but this link is not found in men, a new study says.

It included more than 900 adults who were assessed twice in the early 1980s; once between 1993 and 1996; and once between 2003 and 2004. Their average age was 47 at their third visit in th...

Who Multitasks Better: Men or Women? The Answer May Surprise You

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Multitasking is equally taxing for women and men, according to a study that challenges the popular notion that women are better at it.

For the study, 48 women and 48 men were asked to do letter or number identification tasks. In some tests, they had to pay attention to two tasks at once (concurrent multitasking). In others, they had to swit...

Can Major Surgeries Cause a Long-Term 'Brain Drain'?

THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Before any surgery, you typically hear warnings about risks like bleeding and infection, but new research suggests that problems with thinking or memory can often follow a major procedure.

The study found that people who had surgery had an increased risk of a small, long-term decline in cognitive function years later. Cognitive function is y...

Could Extra Weight Weaken Your Brain?

WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Extra pounds and a wider waistline won't do your brain any favors as you get older, a new study suggests.

In fact, obesity appears to accelerate brain aging by a decade or more, the researchers added.

People with a wide waist circumference and higher body mass index (BMI) were more likely to have a thinner cerebral cortex, a condi...

More Clues to Mysterious Illness Among Staff at U.S. Embassy in Cuba

TUESDAY, July 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three years ago, U.S. diplomats in Cuba began experiencing hearing loss, dizziness and memory problems -- in what the Trump administration attributed to an attack of unknown origin.

Now researchers say they have detected some "alterations" in the patients' brain structure and function -- though the significance, if any, is disputed.

Clues to Why Women Have Higher Odds for Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of Alzheimer's disease are higher in women than in men, and researchers now think they know why.

A team from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn., has identified gender differences in how the Alzheimer's-related protein tau spreads in the brain.

Research suggests that tau spreads through the brain like a...

Could Computers, Crafts Help Preserve the Aging Brain?

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Keeping your brain active as you age, whether it be working on a computer, playing games or being socially involved, might ward off memory loss, a new study suggests.

Losing memory as you age is a sign of mild cognitive impairment, which can be a gateway to dementia or Alzheimer's disease. But using your brain can help keep it sharp, and i...

Brain Injury Often a Devastating Side Effect of Domestic Violence

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A vast majority of battered women have suffered head injuries that are hard to recover from, a new study suggests.

Eighty-one percent of women who've suffered domestic abuse and sought help have suffered a head injury and 83% have been strangled, researchers discovered.

"One in 3 women in the United States has experienced inti...

Sleep : The Right Prescription for Your Health

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night is essential for your good health, according to sleep experts.

Too little sleep not only makes you tired and cranky all day, it also has other unwanted side effects, including decreased creativity and accuracy, increased stress, tremors, aches and memory lapses or loss.

It also puts y...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Too Few Seniors Are Getting Their Memory Tested

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most seniors expect their doctor to recommend testing of thinking and memory when it's needed.

But a new survey discovered that is rarely the case: Only one in seven seniors received a regular assessment for memory and thinking (or "cognitive") troubles.

That finding is in sharp contrast to those who receive assessments for other c...

Too Much TV Might Dull the Aging Brain

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The old saying, "TV rots your brain," could have some validity for folks as they age.

In a new study, middle-aged people who watched television for more than 3.5 hours a day experienced a decline in their ability to remember words and language over the next six years, British researchers found.

What's worse, it appears that the mor...

Meds for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Help the Heart -- But Maybe Not the Mind

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While effective at cutting heart risks, blood pressure and cholesterol drugs may not help preserve seniors' brain health, new research finds.

That conclusion came from the tracking of more than 1,600 men and women in 21 countries.

Over an average span of nearly six years, all of the seniors took different combinations of drugs to...

Active Brain <i>and</i> Body Are Powerful Weapons Against Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- You need to exercise both your brain and your body during middle age to guard against dementia as you grow older, a new, long-term study suggests.

Keeping mentally active through activities like reading, playing music, sewing or painting reduces your overall risk of both dementia and Alzheimer's disease, according to the report.

A...

How Inactivity and Junk Food Can Harm Your Brain

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're in your 50s and your typical day involves sitting at a desk followed by lounging on the sofa and succumbing to late-night snacks, the long-term toll on your mind might be greater than you think.

Like dominoes, an unhealthy lifestyle can trigger inflammation throughout your body, which can then accelerate wear-and-tear on your brai...

Are Hearing Loss, Mental Decline Related?

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia is hard to predict, but hearing loss might signal a higher risk, a new study suggests.

The eight-year study adds to growing evidence of a link between hearing loss and mental decline.

But don't panic if you no longer can hear the doorbell. The study only points to an association, not cause and effect.

"Our finding...

Great Workouts Boost Brains, Even in the Young

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Heart-pumping exercise benefits the brain, improving thinking skills even in younger adults, a small study suggests.

For the study, scientists tracked more than 130 adults, aged 20 to 67. The investigators found that aerobic exercise increased participants' overall fitness as well as their so-called executive function -- thinking skills tha...

Can Strict Blood Pressure Control Lower Dementia Risk?

TUESDAY, Jan. 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Tight control of your blood pressure won't necessarily spare you from full-blown dementia, a new trial concludes.

But it might lower the risk of slight declines in thinking and memory, a condition known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the researchers added.

The clinical trial is the "first study in history to show that any inter...

'Rock-a-Bye' You, for Better Sleep?

THURSDAY, Jan. 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Like a baby, being rocked can help you sleep, but it might also improve your memory, new research suggests.

Two studies, one in humans and the other in mice, report that being rocked has real benefits for sleep.

"Having a good night's sleep means falling asleep rapidly and then staying asleep during the whole night," said study aut...

Keep Moving to Keep Brain Sharp in Old Age

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Staying active in old age may help preserve your memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

In fact, older people who were physically active kept their minds sharp, even if their brains showed signs of lesions or other markers linked to Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, researchers found.

"Physical activity may provi...

AHA: Blood Pressure May Explain Higher Dementia Risk in Blacks

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 9, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- Older black adults with high blood pressure, and especially black men, show more severe cognitive declines than white adults who have high blood pressure, according to new research.

The University of Michigan-led study published Wednesday in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension, suggests blood pressure ma...

Just 6 Months of Walking May Boost Aging Brains

THURSDAY, Dec. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Walking and other types of moderate exercise may help turn back the clock for older adults who are losing their mental sharpness, a new clinical trial finds.

The study focused on older adults who had milder problems with memory and thinking skills. The researchers found that six months of moderate exercise -- walking or pedaling a stationary...

Heart Surgery Won't Cause Brain Decline, New Study Says

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Major heart surgery does not cause significant memory decline in older patients, a new study finds.

Researchers found no greater risk for loss of brain function among patients who had heart surgery compared to those who had a much less invasive procedure called cardiac catheterization.

"We expected to find a bigger difference in th...

Does Diabetes Damage Brain Health?

FRIDAY, Dec. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Diabetes has been tied to a number of complications such as kidney disease, but new research has found that older people with type 2 diabetes can also have more difficulties with thinking and memory.

During a five-year study, participants with diabetes showed a decline in verbal memory and fluency. Using MRI scans, researchers saw that the pa...

Are You Better at Remembering Faces or Names? The Surprising Answer

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Don't be surprised at holiday parties if you can remember someone's name but not their face.

Despite what many believe, people are better at remembering names than faces, researchers found.

In a series of tests, volunteers were able to recall up to 83 percent of names but only 64 percent of faces.

"Our study suggests that, ...

Give Thanks for These Foods That Help Preserve Aging Memory

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When your mom told you to eat your veggies and drink your orange juice, she was on to something: They may help preserve your brain health, new research suggests.

A 20-year study of men who were health professionals tied a diet rich in leafy greens, orange and red vegetables, berries and orange juice to reduced risk of memory loss (or "cogni...

Parkinson's Patients Can Have a Normal Life Span

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If thinking skills aren't affected, a person with Parkinson's disease can live a normal life span, a new study suggests.

"This is good news for many people with Parkinson's and their families," study author Dr. David Backstrom, from Umea University in Sweden, said in a news release from the American Academy of Neurology.

Parkinson'...

Naps Don't Help Down Syndrome Kids Learn: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Naps have been shown to help young children learn, but researchers report they may have the opposite effect on children with Down syndrome.

"In children with Down syndrome, there's something about having a nap right after learning that seemed to keep them from retaining information as well, which is totally different than what happened in typi...

'Stress Hormone' Tied to Worse Memory in Middle Age

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged people with higher-than-average levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol may have fuzzier memories, a new study suggests.

The study, of more than 2,000 adults, found those with relatively high cortisol levels in their blood tended to perform worse on memory tests.

They also showed less tissue volume in certain areas of ...

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