Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in children

Green spaces are suggested to provide children with opportunities for psychological restoration and prompt important exercises in discovery, creativity and risk taking, which, in turn, are suggested to positively influence different aspects of brain development

Exposure to green spaces enhances brain development in childrenChildren growing up amid greenery may benefit as their brain development is positively affected leading to better working memory and reduced inattentiveness, a study has said. According to the researchers, primary school children raised in homes surrounded by more green spaces will tend to have larger volumes of white and grey matter in certain areas […]

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 […]

Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function

Probiotics can do more than improve your gut health. They also may indirectly enhance your brain, too

Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive functionResearch shows that the gut and brain are connected, a partnership called the gut-brain axis. The two are linked through biochemical signalling between the nervous system in the digestive tract, called the enteric nervous system, and the central nervous system, which includes the brain. The primary information connection between the brain and the gut is […]

Mediterranean diet linked to better memory for diabetics, reveals study

People with diabetes may have better brain function if they follow a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fish and healthy fats, a U.S. study suggests

Mediterranean diet linked to better memory for diabetics, reveals studyMediterranean diets have long been linked to better heart and brain health as well as a lower risk of developing diabetes. But research to date hasn’t offered a clear picture of whether any cognitive benefits of eating this way might differ for people with and without diabetes, said lead study author Josiemer Mattei of the […]

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementia

Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia and, with one new case every three seconds, the number of people with dementia is set to triple by 2050. The increasing numbers of people with dementia, its significant social and economic impact and lack of curative treatment, make it imperative for countries to focus on reducing modifiable risk factors for dementia

WHO releases guidelines for preventing dementiaPeople can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to new guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. “In the next 30 years, the number of […]

Exercise activates brain circuits associated with memory in older adults

How quickly do we experience the benefits of exercise? A new University of Maryland study of healthy older adults shows that just one session of exercise increased activation in the brain circuits associated with memory

Exercise activates brain circuits associated with memory in older adultsThis includes the hippocampus, which shrinks with age and is the brain region attacked first in Alzheimer’s disease “While it has been shown that regular exercise can increase the volume of the hippocampus, our study provides new information that acute exercise has the ability to impact this important brain region,” said Dr J. Carson Smith, […]

Depression in 20’s linked to memory loss in 50’s, reveals study

A new large-scale longitudinal study carried out by University of Sussex psychologists has found a clear link between episodes of depression and anxiety experienced by adults in their twenties, thirties and forties, with a decrease in memory function by the time they are in their fifties

Depression in 20’s linked to memory loss in 50’s, reveals studyThe study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, is the first of its kind to look at the relationship between depressive symptoms experienced across three decades of early-mid adulthood and a decline in cognitive function in midlife. The Sussex psychologists analysed data from the National Child Development Study, which was established in 1958 with […]

Any kind of exercise can help benefit brain health in older adults, says study

Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new study from the University of Western Ontario, Canada

Any kind of exercise can help benefit brain health in older adults, says studyResearchers from School of Kinesiology and Graduate Program in Neuroscience have demonstrated that bouts of aerobic exercise, as brief as 10 minutes, enhances cognitive function of older adults. They also found that these benefits could be realised by those previously encouraged not to exercise. The study, which included 17 older adults with an average age […]

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 […]

Aerobic exercise may improve thinking skills in adults, regardless of their age

Regular aerobic exercise including walking, cycling, or climbing stairs may improve cognition, particularly executive function, in both in older adults as well as their young counterparts new research shows

Aerobic exercise may improve thinking skills in adults, regardless of their ageAfter a six-month aerobic regimen, adults aged 20 to 67 showed improvements in executive function, the cognitive processes important for reasoning, planning and problem solving, and expanded grey matter in the brain region central to those functions. Numerous studies have shown that aerobic exercise can improve cognition in seniors, but a small new study finds […]