Alzheimer’s Assisted Care and Living Options

Editor’s note: This is the third article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing caregiver stress, and how to locate and utilize your local resources. There are varying levels of care available depending on your loved one’s needs. Age, health and financial status also play a role. Many people find it complex […]

Your Phone Knows How Stressed You Are

Your mobile phone could soon become an ever-present personal health assistant, helping you de-stress after a hectic day, and also provide 24×7 motivation to quit bad health habits such as smoking. Several health technologies presented at the 2015 mHealth Summit in Washington DC leverage the capabilities many of us carry around every day in the […]

Marijuana and Your Brain, Part Two

. Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series on marijuana (cannabis) use and brain health. The first article reviewed medical research on cannabis to control pain and muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. A fascinating and ever changing intersection between science, medical research, and public policy regarding the wave of marijuana legalization […]

Healthy Aging Tips: Vitamin D and Exercise

Be sure to get your daily dose of exercise and Vitamin D to help prevent chronic disease, especially as you age, according to an expert medical panel at the On Lok Sustainable Long Term Care conference. Janice Schwartz, M.D., Professor of Medicine of University of California San Francisco, provided an in-depth look at the current […]

Towards Better Treatments for Brain Diseases

What if brain diseases like schizophrenia and major depression could be detected and successfully treated before symptoms begin to wreck lives? Why are half of all traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases missed in visits to the hospital emergency department and the doctor’s office? These provocative questions were raised in an outdoor science symposium held at […]

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Caregiver Burnout

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing stress and how to locate and utilize your local resources. Once you have recognized the symptoms of caregiver burnout and you realize that “going it alone” is no longer a healthy option for you or your loved one, […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Be Repurposed For Alzheimer’s Disease

A medication commonly used to treat inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis could turn out to have useful treatment effects for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. Salsalate, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), appears to prevent the buildup of toxic tau protein in the brain. In addition to Alzheimer’s, harmful tau […]

The Science of Learning How to Learn, Part Two

This is Part Two of Learning How to Learn. In Part One, we covered how chunking relevant pieces of information together, and then using these chunks to form new associations is a foundation for new learning. We also reviewed the concept of focused versus diffuse thinking, with the ability to alternate between these thinking styles […]