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 […]

Add virgin coconut oil in seniors diet to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that are classified as a ‘superfood’. It contains a combination of fatty acids that have a positive effect on your health such as weight management, cognition and energy boost. Realising the benefits of Coconut oil, renowned nutritionist Sheryl Salis, R.D, C.D.E, Consultant Nutritionist - Marico Limited, shares her insights on preventing Alzheimer’s by adding a simple ingredient in your diet

Add virgin coconut oil in seniors diet to prevent Alzheimer’s diseaseAlzheimer’s disease in older adults is known to be the most common cause of dementia. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest of daily tasks. It is also now known as insulin resistance of the brain. Dementia ranges in […]

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 […]

Can you boost your memory by walking backward?

A study shows that moving in reverse may help with short-term memory. Lost your car keys? Instead of retracing your steps, you might want to try walking backwards to jog your memory

Can you boost your memory by walking backward?A study published in the January issue of Cognition found that people who walked backward, imagined they were walking backward, or even watched a video simulating backward motion had better recall of past events than those who walked forward or sat still. Why? That’s still something of a mystery, says Dr. Daniel Schacter, the William […]

What’s bad for the heart is also bad for the brain, reveals study

People who have risk factors for heart disease like diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity may also be more likely to develop structural changes in the brain that can lead to dementia, a recent study suggests

What’s bad for the heart is also bad for the brain, reveals studyResearchers examined data on 9,772 adults, ages 44 to 79, who all had at least one MRI brain scan and provided general health information and medical records for the analysis. The researchers looked for associations between brain structure and so-called vascular risk factors. They found that except for high cholesterol, all of the other vascular […]

Long-term hormone use after menopause linked to Alzheimer’s risk

Women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to ease menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats may be slightly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, a large Finnish study suggests

Long-term hormone use after menopause linked to Alzheimer’s riskMany women have been reluctant to use hormones for menopause symptoms since 2002, when the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study in the U.S. linked treatments containing man-made versions of the female hormones estrogen and progestin to an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks and strokes. While some previous research has also linked HRT to […]

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 […]

Study links severe gum disease to raise dementia risk

Could taking good care of gums and teeth also help to protect the brain? A recent study has added to growing evidence of a link between severe gum disease, or periodontitis, and a raised risk of dementia

Study links severe gum disease to raise dementia riskUsing data from an extensive national health insurance screening program, investigators from Seoul National University in South Korea examined the relationship between chronic periodontitis and dementia. In a paper that now features in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the researchers describe how they found a modest link between severe gum disease and dementia, […]

11 foods to eat if you have dementia, Alzheimer’s or brain disease

Dietary choices including eating plenty of spinach and drinking orange juice are said to help slash the risk of early memory loss for men. But there’s more of dietary choice and foods which can help boost memory. Read on to know more

11 foods to eat if you have dementia, Alzheimer’s or brain diseaseI have fond memories of sitting at the bench seat in my grandparent’s farm house, preparing organic vegetables from the garden for meals and then, upon completion, sharing a pot of tea with honey, along with a couple of biscuits, with my grandmother. My patient and highly-informed grandmother shared stories about the world, her days […]

New eye exam technique helps detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Using an ultrasensitive scanning technique, researchers can detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eye, according to a new report

New eye exam technique helps detect early signs of Alzheimer’s diseaseDuke University researchers found that these small retinal blood vessels were altered in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, but in not in those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or those with no signs of mental decline. “Among the people who had Alzheimer’s there was a significant reduction in the density of the blood vessels in the […]
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