Posts Tagged ‘Brain Health News’

Young Blood Elixir for an Aging Brain?

7th July 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

In a bit of weird science meets blood magic, a pair of recent research studies have highlighted the potential health benefits of infusing an aging brain and body with younger blood. A procedure called parabiosis was used in both studies, where the circulatory systems of two mice (one young and one old) are physically stitched […]

Cannabis and the Brain – The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown

21st June 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Two recent published studies in the journal Neurology highlight the interesting intersection between science research, medicine, and public policy that is playing out across the US in regards to legal cannabis (marijuana) consumption. Neurology is the science journal of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). AAN is the professional medical association for neurologists in the […]

Diabetes Can Shrink Your Brain

29th May 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Having type 2 diabetes (mellitus) in midlife can cause brain atrophy, memory loss, and cognitive impairment as an older adult, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. Over 1,430 adults (average age 80) were recruited from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, a multi-year project designed to investigate risk factors for cognitive […]

Your Brain Loves Coffee for Good Reasons

20th April 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

The warmth. The wonderful aroma of roasted coffee beans. A fresh cup prepared just the way you like it: a morning and daily ritual practiced by millions of coffee drinkers around the world. The obvious reason that people consume over 8 million metric tons of coffee beans each year is for the caffeine, which metabolises […]

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 […]