Archive for the ‘Brain Health News’ Category

Protecting Memory Health Organically

25th February 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Some interesting work being done by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with organic compounds that appear to provide some protection against memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Salk researchers applied flavonols, a type of chemical with strong anti-oxidant properties found in many fruits and vegetables, to a mouse model that mimics symptoms […]

    Can Infant Brain Scans Predict Future Alzheimer’s Risk?

    25th January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

    In a study destined to generate some controversy, researchers at Brown University and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have identified significant differences in the brain scans of babies (ages 2 months to 25 months), based on their APOE4 gene status, a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A total of 162 sleeping babies underwent MRI brain scans […]

      Alcohol is Your Brain’s Friend, and Enemy

      22nd January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

      Take a pass on that third glass of wine (or beer, or liquor) if you want to keep your memory and cognitive health in good shape as you age into your golden years. That’s the message from a study on alcohol consumption and brain health, published in the journal Neurology. The study tracked over 7,000 […]

        How a Good Night’s Sleep Helps Support Brain Health

        7th January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

        A pair of recent research studies on sleep highlight how important quality of sleep is for a healthy brain. Our brains consume over 20% of all metabolic activity (mainly oxygen & glucose) in the human body, even though the average brain comprises only 2% of body weight. This outsize power usage produces a host of […]

          High Blood Pressure and Cognitive Decline

          10th October 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

          More confirmation that high blood pressure (hypertension) directly impacts brain health from this study in the British Medical Journal. The BMJ study followed over 5,000 older adults (average age of 75) for three years, measuring both blood pressure and cognitive health during medical visits performed four times a year. The researchers found a consistent pattern […]