Posts Tagged ‘Cognitive Health’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Food Choices Matter for Your Brain Health

19th May 2013 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

“There is no magic pill that fixes a bad diet.” This rather direct advice comes from the lead investigator of a study on the balance of food intake containing Omega 6 & Omega 3 fatty acids, recently published in the PLOS ONE online scientific journal. In general, Omega 3 sources like fish, beans, and green […]