High Meat Consumption Linked to Increased Alzheimer’s Risk

The so-called “Western Diet” is associated with high intakes of red meat, salt, sweets, high-fat dairy and “junk” foods, along with low levels of fruits, grains and vegetables. This dietary pattern has been linked to a host of negative health effects – sometimes referred to as “Western Diseases” – which include heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. Now, a new report p...
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Can Obesity in Adolescence Influence Cognitive Function in Adulthood?

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We are all well aware of the many negative health consequences associated with obesity and having a high Body Mass Index, or BMI. Body Mass Index is a calculation of a person’s weight divided by the square of their height. A high BMI is associated with being overweight or obese. A number of studies have already documented how obesity in adults can affect cognitive function but, until recently, ...
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Difficulties Diagnosing Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging for physicians to detect at an early stage if patients themselves do not recognize the warning signs or are reluctant to communicate their concerns. Often, it is family members or friends who observe signs of dementia even before the patient is aware they have a problem. There is still no definitive test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease, so a careful medi...
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Can Chocolate Protect You From Dementia?

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Many of us turn to chocolate as a comfort food or for an occasional treat. But you may also have heard that eating chocolate can provide some real health benefits. Chocolate contains compounds that have been shown to be beneficial for heart health, lowering blood pressure, fighting inflammation, and decreasing “bad” cholesterol levels. Now, researchers believe that regular, moderate consumption of...
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Is it Alzheimer’s or Just Forgetfulness?

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We all forget things from time to time. You might occasionally misplace your keys or forget the name of someone you just met. When forgetfulness starts becoming more frequent, is it a sign of Alzheimer’s? The characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include more than just occasional forgetfulness. Other signs that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease include the decline of fam...
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A “Sniff Test” May Enhance Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine have found that using a simple “sniff test” could boost the accuracy of diagnosing cognitive impairment. Scientists are already aware that individuals in early stages of Alzheimer’s find their sense of smell quickly deteriorates. Researchers found that when administering standard cognitive tests, adding a sniff test in ...
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Brain Health Benefits of Yoga and Meditation

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The ancient practice of yoga that originated in India thousands of years ago is becoming increasingly popular today. Many people understand yoga to be a series of physical poses that promote flexibility. But practitioners of the ancient art know that yoga also builds muscle strength and tone, and improves posture, alignment, blood circulation, breathing and joint health. And the benefits go beyond...
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Can Mild Exercise Delay Cognitive Decline?

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Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health recently found in a study that mild exercise, in the form of walking for 30 minutes four times per week, resulted in detectable changes in brain regions believed to be related to cognitive impairment. All study participants engaged in the same walking program for the three-month study. One group of participants was comprised of h...
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Testing for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The familiar symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetfulness, speech difficulties, confusion and inability to form memories. But the telltale biological markers of Alzheimer’s disease begin to take hold in the brain well before any of these outward signs become apparent. In Alzheimer’s patients, amyloid plaques and tangles of tau proteins form and accumulate in the brain which can lead to...
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Music Listening and Meditation May Help Reverse or Slow Cognitive Decline

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A study conducted by a West Virginia University research team found that listening to music or meditating for 12 minutes daily can significantly improve cognitive performance. Participants in the study, considered at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease due to a level of subjective cognitive decline, were assigned to either beginner meditation or music listening sessions for 12 minutes ...
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