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How Puzzles, Games Might Help Your Aging Brain

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – Those Sunday crossword puzzles may not prevent the aging brain from slowing down – but they might protect it in a different way, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the "use it or lose it" theory on brain health. The concept holds that mentally engaging activities – from reading to crosswords to board games – may help the brain resist dementia later in life. In ...

Health Tip: What Causes Memory Loss?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Mild memory issues are common from time to time, especially as you age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency says anything that affects the processes of thinking and learning can affect memory. It mentions these common causes of memory loss: Certain drugs can interfere with memory, including over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills, antihistamines, anti-anxiety ...

Working More, But Getting Less Done?

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2018 – It's no surprise that many Americans are working overtime. Conservative estimates say that 19 percent of adults put in 48 hours or more a week and 7 percent log in 60 or more. But what you might not realize is that, after a certain point, extra hours could be hurting both your health and your productivity. In addition to a variety of medical issues and unhealthy ...

Doctors' Office Dementia Tests Are Often Wrong: Study

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Fast tests designed to help primary care doctors rapidly spot dementia in their elderly patients often get it wrong, a new British report contends. The finding concerns three widely used quick dementia tests: the "Mini-Mental State Examination" (intended to assess mental orientation and verbal memory); the "Memory Impairment Screen" (which tests verbal memory); and ...

Seniors on Multiple Meds a Driving Hazard

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Many older drivers take medications known to raise the risk of a crash, a new study shows. It found that nearly 50 percent of older adults who drive use seven or more medications. Nearly 20 percent take what are called potentially inappropriate medications because they have limited benefits, pose excess risk of harm, or both. Most of these potentially inappropriate ...

Are You Better at Remembering Faces or Names? The Surprising Answer

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – Don't be surprised at holiday parties if you can remember someone's name but not their face. Despite what many believe, people are better at remembering names than faces, researchers found. In a series of tests, volunteers were able to recall up to 83 percent of names but only 64 percent of faces. "Our study suggests that, while many people may be bad at remembering ...

Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 25, 2018 – People caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia should focus on four main safety issues, an expert says. Nearly 6 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. About 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias. "When approaching dementia families, I follow the ...

Give Thanks for These Foods That Help Preserve Aging Memory

Posted 22 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – When your mom told you to eat your veggies and drink your orange juice, she was on to something: They may help preserve your brain health, new research suggests. A 20-year study of men who were health professionals tied a diet rich in leafy greens, orange and red vegetables, berries and orange juice to reduced risk of memory loss (or "cognitive function"). "This study ...

Health Tip: Should You Be Worried About Memory Loss?

Posted 21 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

-- It's taking you longer than it once did to learn a new task. Or you've forgotten about today's doctor's appointment. Should you be worried? In other words, do you have mild forgetfulness or symptoms of a more serious memory problem? The National Institute on Aging says you should speak to your doctor, who can help determine if your memory and thinking problems are normal or not, and what might ...

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Be Costly for Seniors

Posted 8 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – Having hearing loss and not knowing it might translate into higher medical bills and other health problems for many seniors, two new studies suggest. In one study, researchers analyzed data from more than 77,000 U.S. patients with untreated age-related hearing loss, and compared them to people without hearing loss. Among the patients with hearing loss, average total ...

'Stress Hormone' Tied to Worse Memory in Middle Age

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Middle-aged people with higher-than-average levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol may have fuzzier memories, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 2,000 adults, found those with relatively high cortisol levels in their blood tended to perform worse on memory tests. They also showed less tissue volume in certain areas of the brain, versus people with average ...

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Has Dementia

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor – the first woman on the high court – has dementia, "probably Alzheimer's disease," she announced Tuesday. Doctors diagnosed her with the beginning stages of dementia "some time ago," O'Connor, 88, said in a letter addressed to "friends and fellow Americans." O'Connor wrote: "As this condition has progressed, I am ...

AHA: Heart Health's Impact on Brain May Begin in Childhood

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A child's blood pressure could indicate cognition problems into adulthood, according to a new study suggesting the cardiovascular connection to cognitive decline could begin much earlier in life than previously believed. The findings may provide a window into the roots of dementia, for which high blood pressure is considered a risk factor. ...

Could Herpes Virus Help Cause Alzheimer's?

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – There's growing evidence that the herpes virus responsible for cold sores also may cause Alzheimer's disease, a new research paper contends. It's been long known that herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1) can been found in the brains of elderly people with Alzheimer's disease, and research has shown that herpes increases Alzheimer's risk in people genetically predisposed to ...

AHA: No Direct Link Between Preeclampsia and Cognitive Impairment, Study Finds

Posted 17 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – While preeclampsia puts women at greater risk for stroke and high blood pressure following childbirth, a new study found that the pregnancy-related condition may not predispose them to significant cognitive impairment later in life. Instead, other physical and social risk factors related to the condition may be contributing to those subtle ...

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