Tag Archives: Brain Health News

Healthy Aging Tips: Vitamin D and Exercise

Be sure to get your daily dose of exercise and Vitamin D to help prevent chronic disease, especially as you age, according to an expert medical panel at the On Lok Sustainable Long Term Care conference. Janice Schwartz, M.D., Professor of Medicine of University of California San Francisco, provided an in-depth look at the current… Read More »

Is Gluten Bad for Your Brain Health?

We note that local Public Broadcasting System (PBS) channels across the US have been airing a fundraising program centered on the BrainChange and Brain Maker infomercials, hosted by David Perlmutter M.D. Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist by training, is known for offering opinions (backed by some reliable research) that eating certain types of food can either… Read More »

How Curiosity Improves Memory and Learning

Want to enhance your memory and learn new information more efficiently? Indulge yourself in a favorite trivia game or popular culture website – briefly – before focusing on your new work. That’s the implication from a new brain imaging study from a University of California at Davis research team, published online in the journal Neuron.… Read More »

Young Blood Elixir for an Aging Brain?

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… Read More »

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

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… Read More »

Diabetes Can Shrink Your Brain

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… Read More »

How a Good Night’s Sleep Helps Support Brain Health

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… Read More »