The Dangers of Percocet and Other Narcotic Painkillers

We note with sadness the death of Prince (Rogers Nelson), an iconic and talented musician. Early news stories point to the probability (now confirmed) that Prince was taking Percocet, a powerful painkiller, for pain related to hip surgery performed in 2010. Percocet contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic analgesic. It is dangerously easy to overdose… Read More »

Total Recall: Hollywood Meets Neuroscience

It turns out that Hollywood might be pretty good at predicting the future of neuroscience technology. In the movie Total Recall (let’s stick with the original 1990 film), Douglas Quaid, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, visits Rekall, a virtual reality entertainment service that will implant false memories for a thrill, such as a trip to Mars.… Read More »

Top Ten Foods for Brain Health (and Five to Avoid)

Keeping your brain healthy at any age depends in part on diet and food choices. Knowing these top 10 brain healthy foods (and the foods to stay away from) will help protect your brain for the long run. This list is from the MIND diet, a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet (all around good for… Read More »

Exercise Protects Your Brain

Want to keep your brain from shrinking as you age? Several studies point to moderate physical exercise (3-5 times per week) as a key factor for a healthy brain at any age. The benefits of exercise for cognitive health come in two forms: cardiovascular benefits for the brain, and increased production of brain derived neurotrophic… Read More »

A Guide to Normal Age Related Memory Changes

Several readers have asked for examples regarding normal age related memory changes versus signs that there might be more serious memory problems approaching. In response, we have developed a quick reference guide to help distinguish between normal age related memory performance and potential markers of cognitive impairment. The guide also includes information on several reversible… Read More »

Digital Health Focus at Clinton Foundation Health Conference

At the 2016 Clinton Foundation Health Matters conference earlier this week US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy zeroed in on two themes that would be repeated throughout the meeting: physical environment matters greatly for overall health, and mental health struggles need to be brought out of the shadows. These two issues are usually intertwined: high crime… Read More »

Curcumin and Brain Health

Researchers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California working on an experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease have made a happy discovery that the compound also appears to have some generalized anti-aging properties. Known as J147, the drug is based on a specialized formation of curcumin, the spice used in curry. Curcumin is a potent… Read More »