Inflammation in middle age may indicate increased risk of dementia in later life, finds study  

Chronic inflammation in middle age may lead to memory and thinking problems later in life. People who have chronic inflammation in middle-age may develop problems with thinking and memory in the decades leading up to old age, according to a new study published in the February 13, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology

Inflammation in middle age may indicate increased risk of dementia in later life, finds study  The latest findings from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study indicate that people suffering chronic inflammation during middle age show a greater decline in cognitive function as they get older. When the body sustains an injury, it raises an acute inflammatory response to fight off infection and promote healing. This inflammatory response is localised […]

Mumbai: Docs save seven-year-old by plugging a hole in her skull base

Akanksha, a seven-year-old girl from Nashik, was suffering from a rare condition since birth. Over the past few years, her condition worsened, and the parents decided to seek a doctor's opinion. In her case, the brain fluid was leaking into her nose, due to a small home in her skull base

Mumbai: Docs save seven-year-old by plugging a hole in her skull baseDoctors from Mumbai saved the life of a seven-year-old girl, who was suffering from a rare congenital condition. According to the doctors, in Akanksha’s case, the brain fluid was leaking into her nose, due to a small hole in the skull base. Owing to which, she was suffering from breathlessness. Akanksha was suffering from this […]

Spiritual beliefs play a protective role against depression, suggests study

Contrary to what many may think, spirituality is one of man’s most important qualities. In this context, research has shown that spiritual beliefs influence brain function and influence the way we deal with reality. According to researchers, having a spiritual belief can possibly be a form of protection against depression

Spiritual beliefs play a protective role against depression, suggests studyReligious beliefs, or a sense of spirituality, may cushion some people’s brains against depression, according to new research. A study has found a curious link between our personally held beliefs and the thickness of white matter in our brain. This study has been published in Brain and Behaviour. The idea is still very much in […]

#InternationalEpilepsyDay: Know about the myths and facts associated with epilepsy

Epilepsy or seizures is one of the most common neurological disorders in India, with a prevalence of 5 per 1000 people; translating into a burden of more than 5 million cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide

#InternationalEpilepsyDay: Know about the myths and facts associated with epilepsyEpilepsy is one of the oldest disorders of the brain, affecting more than 60 million people worldwide. It has no age, racial, or geographical boundaries. It’s sudden and dramatic appearance has mystified mankind since a long time, no wonder it is surrounded by prejudices and myths. Seizures, sometimes called ‘fits’ or ‘attacks’ can be frightening […]

Physical activity may help fight depression in older adults, suggest US study

The benefits of exercise are widely known but kinesiologists at McMaster University have for the first time found that physical activity may help fight depression in seniors by stimulating muscle-generated mood boosters

Physical activity may help fight depression in older adults, suggest US studyThe findings, published in the American Journal of Physiology–Cell Physiology, reveal that the underlying mechanisms which make us feel good when we exercise persist into old age and highlight the importance of staying active. “A previous study demonstrated these mechanisms in healthy young adults, however, it was unknown whether the muscle deterioration which accompanies aging […]

Know about the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism in seniors

Senior citizens can have hypothyroidism symptoms that are not typical at all, making the diagnosis even more difficult. Any of the following signs and symptoms can indicate hypothyroidism in an older person

Know about the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism in seniorsUnexplained high cholesterol High cholesterol is sometimes the only evidence of an underactive thyroid in an older person. The problem might be diagnosed as a cholesterol disorder rather than hypothyroidism. Because this sign may stand alone, high cholesterol warrants a thyroid evaluation. Heart failure Reduced blood volume, weaker contractions of the heart muscle, and a […]

Women’s brains are 3 years biologically ‘younger’ than men’s, reveals study

The researchers hypothesize that having a metabolically ‘younger’ brain might provide women with ‘some degree of resilience to aging-related changes’ in the brain

Women’s brains are 3 years biologically ‘younger’ than men’s, reveals studyYou’ve heard of being ‘young at heart,’ but what about young in the brain? A new study suggests that, by at least one measure, women’s brains are biologically younger than men’s of the same age. The researchers analysed brain scans of more than 200 adults, specifically looking at a measure of the brain’s metabolism that’s […]

Bullying alters brain structure, raises risk of mental health problems in teens

New research now suggests that bullying may cause physical changes in the brain and increase the chance of mental illness. The study now appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry

Bullying alters brain structure, raises risk of mental health problems in teensNew research is suggesting that there may be physical structural differences in the brains of adolescents who are regularly bullied. In recent years, cyber bullying has become a widespread problem. Cyber bullying is any bullying performed via cell phones, social media, or the Internet in general. Such devices allow bullies to continue their harassment anonymously […]

Scientists reveal why sleep is the best painkiller that nature can provide

A lack of sleep impairs the brain's natural mechanisms for relieving pain, finds the new study, which draws attention to potential links between the public health crises of sleep deprivation, chronic pain, and prescription opioid addiction

Scientists reveal why sleep is the best painkiller that nature can provideNew research, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, finds that sleep deprivation increases sensitivity to pain by numbing the brain’s painkilling response. The effects of sleep deprivation on the brain are numerous, from inducing an inebriation-like state of cognitive impairment to hindering our ability to learn and form new memories. New research highlights another neurological […]
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