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Your Brain Takes a Beating as You Age. Here’s How to Save Your Memory.

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Why do people start to lose their mental sharpness as they get older? 

One theory is that brain cells start to die without being replaced.

Another is that protein tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease accumulate in the brain and clog neural pathways. 

But a new scientific paper concludes there is another factor at work: Blood vessel health. Swedish scientists believe the condition of your brain is largely dependent on the blood vessels that serve it.

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The Disturbing Surgery Side Effect They Don’t Tell You About

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Anti-Aging, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise by Garry Messick0 Comments

Before surgery, doctors have a standard procedure that they follow with each patient.

They explain the possible side effects. They discuss after-surgery pain care and rehab. They give you a general idea of what to expect. 

And then, just before the operation, you are asked to sign a consent form that says you agree to allow your doctor to perform the operation and you understand the risks. 

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Giving Up Meat Can Trigger Dementia

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

For decades, mainstream doctors told us that we should eat less meat and eggs. They warned that animal foods were full of saturated fat and cholesterol that would make us put on weight and lead to heart disease. 

This “common wisdom” has been widely debunked. Even the American Heart Association now admits it was wrong to warn people against eating eggs. 

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Your Brain Is Getting Stronger While You Read This

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

Computer brain games are popular among seniors who want to preserve their mental sharpness.

But a new study shows that any kind of computer activity—it doesn’t have to be brain games—enhances memory.

In fact, simply doing what you’re doing right now—reading information from a website—cuts your risk of mild cognitive impairment, researchers found.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is worse than normal age-related memory loss.

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Common Antidepressant Drugs Linked to Dementia

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Big Pharma, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

It’s not surprising that antidepressants are among the biggest-selling prescription drugs.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders. About 17 million American adults have a major depressive episode each year. And doctors often prescribe antidepressants for other conditions like menopause, hot flashes, nerve pain, and insomnia.[i] [ii]

About 13% of Americans over 12 take these drugs. That’s a 65% increase since 1999.

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Puzzles Make Your Brain 8 Years Younger, Study Finds

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Anti-Aging, Featured Article, Nootropics and Brain Support by Garry Messick0 Comments

The idea that puzzles can slow brain aging is controversial.

Some neurologists strongly recommend puzzles like crosswords and sudoku as a way to keep your mind sharp into old age. Others say they don’t help your brain do anything better…other than puzzles.

But major new research shows that crossword and sudoku puzzles are extremely effective in preserving mental sharpness.

The two studies were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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