The Right Kind of Brain Training Keeps Seniors Driving

October 26th, 2016
A Penn State study shows that two types of brain training boosts seniors’ driving ability, allowing them to stay on the road for years longer.

There’s one thing seniors fear more than anything else: Loss of independence.

One study found that older Americans are more terrified of not being able to care for themselves than they are of death. And unless you live in a big city, the ability to drive can be vital for independent living. That’s why many seniors hang onto their license for as long as they possibly can.

New research points to a way to extend your years on the road.

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Never Do This When You’re Angry

Exercising while angry triples your chances of a heart attack, a major new study finds.

Many people like to cope with anger with a hard workout. That’s a bad idea.

In fact, it could kill you, according to a new study.1

Researchers from the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa., gathered data from over 12,000 heart attack victims in 52 countries.

The participants completed questionnaires asking the kind of “triggers” they had experienced before their heart attack.

Creepy Clown Panic: What You Need to Know

Creepy clown phobia is sweeping the nation. Here’s how to calm your anxiety.

In one of the most bizarre trends ever, the nation is gripped in a growing clown panic.

There are reports that clown-costumed figures have attempted to kidnap children. Clowns have reportedly robbed gas stations and restaurants.1 Some schools have been locked down after receiving clown-related threats.

And even President Obama’s press secretary Josh Earnest was asked how the administration was dealing with the clown epidemic.2

Many sightings have turned out to be hoaxes. But clown hysteria has continued to grow.

Combining These Two Foods Stops Cancer

A new study shows that eating lots of hot peppers and ginger may prevent cancer.

For years, cancer researchers have been baffled by a phenomenon called the “Japanese lung cancer paradox.”

American men who smoke have a 40 times greater risk of lung cancer than men who don’t smoke.

But Japanese men who smoke have a much lower incidence of lung cancer than American smokers. Their risk is still high—6.3 times greater than nonsmokers—but it’s just a fraction of the threat faced by American tobacco users.1

Red Wine Substance Slows Brain Aging, Study Shows

A new Georgetown University study shows that resveratrol, a substance in red wine, protects the brain by preventing leaks in the blood-brain barrier

A substance in red wine may be the key to healthy brain aging, according to a new study.

Resveratrol is a compound in red wine, red grapes, pomegranates, raspberries, and chocolate. It supports a strong blood-brain barrier, say Georgetown University researchers.1 This is an important factor in stopping potentially harmful immune molecules from reaching the brain and wreaking havoc.

Historically, it was thought that age-related brain fog came from “resident” brain immune cells. But the new research shows some of the most problematic molecules come from the blood. And they make it to the brain when the blood-brain barrier lacks the proper support.

Always Take This Supplement While in the Hospital

University of Colorado scientists found that levels of healthy gut bacteria crash when people are hospitalized, leaving them open to fatal infections.

A fascinating new study could save your life if you are admitted to the hospital.

Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine discovered that patients quickly lose healthy gut bacteria when they are hospitalized.1

And during a hospital stay is exactly when you need robust stomach flora the most. That’s because they can protect you from hospital-acquired infections.

The Best Time to Exercise to Lose Weight

Research shows people who work out first thing in the morning before eating breakfast are better able to maintain a healthy weight and metabolism.

Whether it’s walking, running, biking, or lifting weights, everybody knows that exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight. But does the time of day you work out make a difference.

In a fascinating study, Belgian researchers set out to answer that question. They had 27 men gorge themselves for six weeks. Every day they ate 30% more calories and 50% more fat than normal.

The scientists divided the men into three groups. The first group did no exercise. The second group worked out after eating breakfast. The third group exercised first thing in the morning before they ate breakfast.1

The Artificial Sweetener Industry Pays Off Scientists, Hides Health Dangers

A new analysis shows that the artificial sweetener industry paid off scientists for decades to produce positive research.

The artificial sweetener industry has conspired to hide the dangers of its products while spreading false information that they are beneficial to health.

That’s the damning conclusion of a new international study. Researchers from four universities did an exhaustive analysis of 31 artificial sweetener studies published between 1978 and 2014.1

They uncovered secret payoffs to scientists doing studies on artificial sweeteners. And—no surprise—the scientists getting the payments concluded that artificial sweeteners are healthy.

Why Beer Is Healthier for Your Liver Than Other Types of Alcohol

New German research shows that hops in beer can protect your liver.

Great news for beer drinkers: Researchers have discovered that the hops in beer lessen the harmful effects of alcohol on the liver.1

Consuming too much alcohol can lead to liver damage, fatty liver disease, and cirrhosis. Most doctors recommend no more than one drink a day for women and two for men.2

But researchers from Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany found that all alcoholic beverages are not created equal when it comes to liver health.

They divided mice into three groups. One got regular beer. A second group drank a beer specially brewed with no hops. The third got plain alcohol.

Shocking Side Effect of Sleeping Pills Revealed by New Study

Woman with a flu taking pill

No one saw it coming.

He was a 39-year-old married man. He was happy and in good health. But like 60 million others in the U.S., he had trouble sleeping.1

So he did what many Americans do. He went to his doctor and got a prescription for a sleeping pill. At first everything was fine.

Lower Your Exposure to the 5 Most Dangerous Brain Toxins

Illustration of a nerve cell on a colored background with light effects

Toxic chemicals are all around us. It’s impossible to avoid them. They are in virtually all household products that have plastic. They are in carpeting, furniture, and fabrics that are fire retardant. They are in most of our food. They are in much of our drinking water and in the air we breathe.

What do they do to us? There is a growing body of evidence that five common chemicals hurt our brains.1 They are linked to autism, lower IQs, attention deficit disorder, and dementia.

1. Flame retardants: Studies show exposure makes people less intelligent and more hyperactive. They can make men infertile.2 Most furniture, carpeting, and car interiors are full of flame retardant chemicals.