Posts Tagged ‘Brain Health News’

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 […]

Brain Health and Wellness Apps

3rd October 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

The Health 2.0 Conference in Silicon Valley this week provided a forward-looking view on what health care could look like in the next several years. Many of the themes revolved around real time (and personalized) health monitoring, and the growing ability for people to take control of their own health care choices. There are a […]

Your Brain Wants a Cup of Cocoa

24th September 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

If you liked hot cocoa as a child, keep drinking it as an adult for good brain health, according to this study published in the journal Neurology. The study looked at the potential benefits of drinking two cups of cocoa per day among participants (most in their early 70s), and found that there was a […]

When Memory Loss is not Alzheimer’s or Dementia: Vitamin B Deficiencies

23rd August 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

We thought it would be useful to expand on other causes of memory loss that are not directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. A surprisingly common source of memory loss symptoms is a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Vitamin B-12 intake is necessary for healthy brain function and maintaining intact myelin sheaths (the […]