Unpredictable income may be bad for brain health, reveals study

Young adults who don’t earn the same amount of money from year to year, or who weather substantial pay cuts, do worse on brain health assessments in midlife compared to those with a steady income, a recent study suggests

Unpredictable income may be bad for brain health, reveals studyResearchers collected income data over two decades for 3,287 adults, starting in 1990 when they were 23 to 35 years old. They assessed income volatility based on how much earnings rose or fell from one year to the next, and also tallied how many times participants’ income dropped by at least 25%. People who experienced […]

Multilingual people have advantages in avoiding dementia, reveals study

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease continue to afflict older people and put strains on their families. A new study suggests that learning foreign languages may offer a way to keep one’s brain healthy into older adulthood

Multilingual people have advantages in avoiding dementia, reveals studyWant to maintain a good memory? Learning multiple languages could help, according to a recent report. Researchers from the University of Waterloo recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, to explore the association between multilingualism and dementia risk. To do so, they examined 325 Roman Catholic nuns who were members of […]

These five common habits can be very bad for your brain health

Many people who want to stay healthy commonly focus on their waistline, skin, kidney and heart. But there is a very important organ that most exercise and diet plans ignore - the brain

These five common habits can be very bad for your brain health  It is one of the most complex organs and plays a key role in almost all functions of the body. However, it gets less attention when people say they want to be fit and healthy. It is important to know that the brain is sensitive and can also be affected by your lifestyle. What […]

Leg exercises are crucial to maintain healthy brain and nervous system

In a new take on the exercise truism ‘use it, or lose it,’ researchers show neurological health is an interactive relationship with our muscles and our world. Groundbreaking research shows that neurological health depends as much on signals sent by the body's large, leg muscles to the brain as it does on directives from the brain to the muscles

Leg exercises are crucial to maintain healthy brain and nervous systemPublished today in Frontiers in Neuroscience, the study fundamentally alters brain and nervous system medicine – giving doctors new clues as to why patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy and other neurological diseases often rapidly decline when their movement becomes limited. “Our study supports the notion that people who are unable […]

Calcium is key to age-related memory loss, finds study

Research at the University of Leicester is offering new clues into how and why cognitive functions such as memory and learning become impaired with age

Calcium is key to age-related memory loss, finds studyA paper published recently in a specialist neuroscience journal shows that a crucial factor is calcium levels in specific cells in the brain. As we get older, our memory starts to fail and it becomes harder to learn new things. It would not be unreasonable to assume that this is caused by brain cells gradually […]

An extra burger meal a day eats the brain away, reveals study

The average person eats many more calories than they did 50 years ago, equivalent to an extra fast-food burger meal every day, which is having devastating results for our brains and waistlines, an ANU health expert warns

An extra burger meal a day eats the brain away, reveals studyProfessor Nicolas Cherbuin, the lead author of new research published in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, said brain health can decline much earlier in life than previously thought due, in large part, to a society that promotes unhealthy lifestyle choices. “People are eating away at their brain with a really bad fast-food diet and little-to-no exercise,” said […]

Simple and effective five minute fixes for better health

Taking on a new health regimen can be daunting. Accomplishing smaller tasks that contribute to health may be easier to achieve

Simple and effective five minute fixes for better healthRather than identifying big ways to improve your health, and then procrastinating, focus on small tasks that won’t overwhelm you. Try a quick fix once in a while, or all the time if it applies. The more you do, the better you’ll feel. Exercise more If scheduling a big workout is daunting, put a simple […]

Morning exercise can improve decision-making across the day in older adults

Morning exercise can improve decision-making across the day in older adultsFurthermore, the study showed that a morning bout of exercise combined with brief light-intensity walking breaks to frequently disrupt sitting throughout an 8-hour day can boost your short-term memory compared to uninterrupted sitting, according to the study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The ‘Brain Breaks’ study, led by the Baker Heart and […]

Obesity linked to a reduction in grey matter, find researchers

A new study led by researchers at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands suggests that obesity may be associated with changes in brain structure, including reduced brain volumes in certain areas

Obesity linked to a reduction in grey matter, find researchersThe research team analysed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and found that higher levels of body fat were associated with reduced volumes of grey matter and an increased likelihood of changes in the white matter. As reported in the journal Radiology, the study also found that the association was stronger among men, compared with among […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]
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