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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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You Should Be Dancing

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise by Garry Messick0 Comments

Running…biking…weightlifting…swimming…competitive sports. There are many ways to stay in shape.

But two new studies have found that one of the most effective exercises is one that is rarely mentioned by fitness gurus.

It not only greatly lowers your chances of dying from heart disease, but it slows brain aging.

British researchers analyzed data from 11 surveys that included 49,000 people. Their study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Memory Problems? This Diet Can Help

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, General Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Low-carb diets have become wildly popular in recent years.

Studies show that they help people lose weight better than traditional low-carb, low-fat diets. And low-carb dieters are better able to keep off the weight. 

Now a new study shows that low-carb eating has another benefit. It may keep your mind sharper as you get older.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University enrolled 27 subjects with mild cognitive problems.

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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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This One Healthy Habit Can Cure Insomnia in Just a Week

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Featured Article, Sleep Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Insomnia is one of the most frustrating health problems. Not only is it extremely common (about 31% of Americans suffer from it), but the cause is often hard to pin down.[1]

That makes curing it difficult.

So people resort to sleeping pills, which don’t work well in the long term and have serious side effects.

A new study shows that insomnia may be caused by something almost of all of us have started doing in the last 20 years.

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