Loneliness: How to cope with being alone during this festive season

Though the holidays conjure up images of close-knit families and people spending time with their loved ones, this is not quite a reality for many of us. Among the possibilities, it might be that you are single, not in touch with your family, or simply cannot travel home for Christmas this year

Loneliness: How to cope with being alone during this festive seasonDealing with such scenarios, especially in a season which is all about togetherness, can be challenging. It is not surprising that many people report feeling a magnified sense of loneliness during this time of the year. “For people who feel lonely already, the holidays can be especially stressful because they’re seeing people connect and sharing […]

Dietary choline associated with reduced risk of dementia, finds study

A new study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland is the first to observe that dietary intake of phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced risk of dementia

Dietary choline associated with reduced risk of dementia, finds studyPhosphatidylcholine was also linked to enhanced cognitive performance. The main dietary sources of phosphatidylcholine were eggs and meat. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Choline is an essential nutrient, usually occurring in food in various compounds. Choline is also necessary for the formation of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. Earlier […]

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 […]

Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness, suggests study

Anger may be more harmful to an older person's physical health than sadness, potentially increasing inflammation, which is associated with such chronic illnesses as heart disease, arthritis and cancer, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association

Anger more harmful to health of older adults than sadness, suggests studyBarlow and her co-authors examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation, an immune response by the body to perceived threats, such as infection or tissue damage. While inflammation, in general, helps protect the body and assists in healing, long-lasting inflammation can lead to chronic illnesses in old age, according to the authors. “As most […]

New study proves that drinking tea may improve brain health

A recent study revealed that regular tea drinkers have better-organised brain regions compared to non-tea drinkers

New study proves that drinking tea may improve brain healthMost of us are aware of the fact that tea has immense health benefits. Perhaps, one increasingly popular tea choice is green tea, which is considered the healthiest beverage on the planet. Research has shown that green tea can offer a wide range of health benefits because it is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. Some […]

‘Silent’ strokes common after surgery, reveals study

Canadian researchers have discovered that covert, or ‘silent’ - strokes are common in seniors after they have elective, non-cardiac surgery and double their risk of cognitive decline one year later

‘Silent’ strokes common after surgery, reveals studyWhile an overt stroke causes obvious symptoms, such as weakness in one arm or speech problems that last more than a day, a covert stroke is not obvious except on brain scans, such as MRI. Each year, approximately 0.5 per cent of the 50 million people age 65 years or greater worldwide who have major, […]

Squeezing of blood vessels may contribute to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s

Reduced blood flow to the brain associated with early Alzheimer's may be caused by the contraction of cells wrapped around blood vessels, according to a UCL-led study that opens up a new way to potentially treat the disease

Squeezing of blood vessels may contribute to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’sBlood provides the brain’s energy supply in the form of glucose and oxygen. Earlier studies have suggested the first change in Alzheimer’s disease is a decrease in cerebral blood flow. The study, published today in the journal Science and funded by the European Research Council, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation, looked at the role of […]

Heart problems may hasten cognitive decline, reveals new study

Adults with clogged arteries carrying blood to the heart may be more prone to cognitive decline than their counterparts without such cardiac problems, a study suggests

Heart problems may hasten cognitive decline, reveals new studyThis was true whether patients had suffered a heart attack or they had angina, which is the term for chest pains caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. For about 12 years, researchers followed 7,888 adults, starting when they were 62 years old on average. At the start, none of them had a history […]

Following a Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of depression later in life

Maintaining a Mediterranean-type diet may protect against symptoms of depression in later life, according to new research presented here at the American Psychiatric Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting

Following a Mediterranean diet can help reduce risk of depression later in lifeAdherence to a Mediterranean-type diet has long been recognised as being good for physical health and has been associated with longer life and reduced risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. It may also have protective effects against cognitive decline in older individuals. A Mediterranean-style diet generally emphasises eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and […]

Light physical activity reduces brain ageing, finds study

Incremental physical activity, even at a light intensity, is associated with larger brain volume and healthy brain ageing

Light physical activity reduces brain ageing, finds studyConsiderable evidence suggests that engaging in regular physical activity may prevent cognitive decline and dementia. Active individuals have lower metabolic and vascular risk factors and these risk factors may explain their propensity for healthy brain ageing. However, the specific activity levels optimal for dementia prevention have remained unclear. The new 2018 Physical Activity-Guidelines for Americans […]
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