Sleep Apnea and Memory Loss

  Sleep is a vital biological function for humans – we spend about 30% of our lives sleeping. Good sleep is important for memory consolidation (processing newly learned information). It’s also important for clearing out metabolic debris from the brain each day — including amyloid beta protein, one of the markers of Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep… Read More »

Priming Your Brain for Behavior Change

 If you want to reach an important health goal like consistently eating healthier or dramatically reducing the risk of a heart attack, it’s the small, incremental changes over time that matter the most for success. The “all or nothing” behavior change approach usually fails: about 80% of New Year’s resolutions come undone by the middle… Read More »

Bilingual Brains Provide More Protection Against Alzheimer’s & Dementia

  If you speak two languages, you’ve given your brain a big boost against Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The PNAS study recruited 85 people from Northern Italy who had all been diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. Forty people in the study spoke… Read More »

Soccer Headers Can Impair Memory

Several new studies shed more light on the short term and long term brain health consequences of heading a soccer ball (football for everyone not in the U.S.) Depending on position, soccer players can head the ball 500-1,500 times per year. This can mean thousands of headers over several years for many players. So how… Read More »

Alzheimer’s Rates are Dropping

Some good news in the ongoing battle with Alzheimer’s disease: several recent studies indicate that rates of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia have decreased significantly in the past 15 to 20 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and loss of other cognitive abilities serious… Read More »

The Promise of Exponential Medicine

The Exponential Medicine Conference, held in San Diego earlier this month, is always a fascinating dive into the increasing pace of medical innovation, ranging from biohacking, medical robotics, applying nanotechnology for cancer treatment, to how machine learning on millions of human genomes holds the promise of predicting disease before it starts. The fast moving four… Read More »

The Genetics of Concussion Recovery

Of the more than 2.5 million concussions that occur every year in the US (source: CDC), the majority of people who have concussion symptoms can typically return to normal activities within 10 days to a few weeks after the event that caused the concussion. For an unfortunate minority, however, concussion symptoms such as headache, dizziness,… Read More »