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How to Avoid Brain Shrinkage
We all know that smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity are at the root of more serious problems - heart disease and cancer. Now we can add brain shrinkage to the list.
How to Keep Your Mind Sharp
Vitamin D has received a great deal of attention lately. It's been demonstrated to aid in a number of conditions. Scientists have found that it may also help ward off dementia.
Grape Antioxidants Could Prevent Alzheimer's
For all wine lovers, add to the list one more benefit to drinking red wine in moderation: its ability to fight Alzheimer's Disease. The natural antioxidant found in grape seeds, and highly present in red wine, may protect against dementia such as Alzheimer's.
Type of Heart Disease Linked to Dementia
Dementia can be brought on by a number of risk factors. One of the most surprising that has recently been linked to the cognitive impairment, however, is a type of heart condition involving restricted arteries.
Staying Healthy Wards off Dementia
Eyeglasses, dentures and hearing aids may not seem like causes of dementia. But they appear to matter much more than we think.
Head Injuries Raise Dementia Risk
Soldiers and professional football players were never presumed to have the safest jobs. But in addition to physical injuries, research suggests the two occupations also can lead to an increased risk of dementia.
Before the Sun Goes Down
Elderly adults who live in institutions like nursing homes are more likely to experience a syndrome known as “sundowning”—and now researchers have clues as to why.
Only 45% of Early Dementia Diagnosed
Many doctors are not detecting the early signs of dementia, according to recent research. It can be difficult to identify people with dementia because primary care physicians have busy practices and might miss early symptoms.
New Genetic Clues About Rare Brain Disorder
Progressive supranuclear palsy is a rare and devastating disease with no known treatments. New genetic clues could provide new insights into  neurodegenerative therapies.
Shock and Awe Memory Enhancement
Bridgid Finn, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in psychology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) reports that learning is enhanced by negative emotion, not diminished by that negative emotion. Memory is reactive and dynamic, not stagnant requiring only neutral or positive emotions to enhance memory. Retrieval of a memory still engages one in processing information. Finn offers an example of having a picture memory of a gun pointed at one just after taking the SAT, for example, probably isn’t the best situation for stored memory as there is an intri...