Most Americans fear getting dementia from Alzheimer’s disease more than any other disease, including cancer. However, a growing body of evidence supports ways people can act to help prevent this disease from getting a grip on their minds.
You ask a lot of your brain. It thinks 70,000 thoughts each day. To help preserve this amazing organ’s function, follow these 6 tips from our experts at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
It’s well-established that the Mediterranean diet is the best choice for heart health. But a recent study finds that adding nuts or olive oil to this diet could help protect your brain, too. Researchers in Barcelona, Spain recently found that when older adults supplemented their Mediterranean style of eating with extra olive oil or nuts, they … Read More
Does your mouth have the taste of old pennies? The condition is more common than you might think. A metallic taste can indicate serious illness, such as kidney or liver problems, undiagnosed diabetes or certain cancers. But these reasons are not common and usually are accompanied by other symptoms. If you are otherwise healthy, the … Read More
The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage, resulting in dementia or Parkinson’s disease-like movement changes. The boxing community even has a name for it: punch-drunk. But while many notable fighters have developed these problems – along with depression and other neurological symptoms … Read More
Have you ever been so stressed and worried that you forgot an important doctor’s appointment or what you were planning to make for dinner? Imagine if you worried yourself so much for so long that your forgetfulness became dementia. It’s a distinct possibility, especially for women, says psychologist Amy Sullivan, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Medicine … Read More
The fastest-growing segment of epilepsy patients in the United States is over age 65, and their condition is potentially difficult to diagnose. One reason is that seniors often don’t experience epilepsy symptoms until these later years, and they rarely have convulsions. Instead, they have different, more understated symptoms, says epileptologist Andreas Alexopoulos, MD. These symptoms … Read More
We all hope that medicine will find the golden cure to erase the threat of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from our lives. Fortunately, while research to do exactly that is happening, there already are plenty of steps you can take to keep your brain healthy. More and more, physicians and researchers find that one of … Read More
One of the most distressing aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is that there is no cure – current treatments focus only on alleviating symptoms. But a new drug is showing promise as an effective treatment that slows down the disease’s debilitating effects on the mind and body. Results of a pair of clinical trials released today show that … Read More
Older people who are not depressed, but have symptoms of apathy, may have a higher risk of developing brain changes linked to dementia, says a new study. Researchers explored the link between apathy and brain imaging changes in older adults. The researchers were from the University Medical Center Utrecht and other institutions. As a result of the study, … Read More